Son of God

I learned something new about the garden that is located at the United Nations in New York City.  The story about this contained in a recent devotional I had read (below) was intriguing to me because not only did it carry a great spiritual message, it also contained an important truth about studying the Bible.   It is always recommended that one studies the surrounding verses of any Bible verse in order to get the true context of the lesson being taught.  It is also advantageous to read other portions of the Bible (often recommended in the margins or notes area) that will give even more perspective on the subject.

Here is Wednesday’s Turning Point devotional message:

Wednesday, February 26

Swords Into Plowshares

They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.
Isaiah 2:4

Recommended Reading
Isaiah 2:1-4

In the garden of the United Nations in New York City, a dramatic sculpture — a 1959 gift from the old Soviet Union — bears the words of Isaiah 2:4: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares.” The sculpture shows the figure of a man holding a hammer in one hand, and in the other, a sword that he is beating into a plow. It expresses the great aspiration for world peace.

But here’s the problem: Isaiah 2:4 has a first part to the verse. It begins: “He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people.” Isaiah 2 is about the Second Coming of Christ and the establishing of His millennial reign. Without the Prince of Peace, there can be no lasting peace on earth; for the hearts of humanity are evil. Christ alone can usher in a period of global peace. Pray for peace on earth, but also pray: “Your kingdom come.” Only when Christ returns will there be lasting peace. We can’t imagine how wonderful that peace will be, but we can pray, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”

When Christ returns, and only then, will the angel’s message to the shepherds be totally fulfilled: Peace on earth, goodwill toward men.
David Jeremiah

Read-Thru-the-Bible
Deuteronomy 16-19

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In this post, I want to focus on this portion of the message:

In the garden of the United Nations in New York City, a dramatic sculpture — a 1959 gift from the old Soviet Union — bears the words of Isaiah 2:4: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares.” The sculpture shows the figure of a man holding a hammer in one hand, and in the other, a sword that he is beating into a plow. It expresses the great aspiration for world peace.
But here’s the problem: Isaiah 2:4 has a first part to the verse. It begins: “He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people.”

Obviously, an evil empire like the former Soviet Union would leave out the fact that “God (He) will judge between the nations and rebuke many people.”

Today’s Russian government leaders, which supports two of the most evil nations on earth (Iran and Syria), obviously hasn’t learned any lessons from the past. We could also throw North Korea into the evil nation mix, but I must continue with the purpose of this post.

The fact that the verses in Isaiah point towards the Second Coming of Christ shows how man, in his various sins of pride, greed, sin, and promotion of death; cannot possibly achieve world peace. There will always be another tyrant rising to power by utilizing all of these sins in order to achieve a certain end. But when benevolence, love of God, respect for His laws, and confession of true faith in Christ [namely, the Son of God], is missing; such power in human hands inevitably results in war. It can be war against a leader’s own people, other nations, perceived ideological “enemies” within a nation – the list could go on and on.

This is precisely why Jesus asked, “Why do you call me good? No one but God is good.”

Mat 19:17

So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? [fn] No one is good but One, that is, God. [fn] But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

Jesus also said, “If you love me, keep My commandments.”

Jhn 14:15

“If you love Me, keep [fn] My commandments.

Notice that Jesus said “My” commandments. He was expressing the fact that he is God!

Jhn 15:10

“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

The fact is, no one can keep the commandments perfectly. That is why Jesus came down to be our Savior – for the forgiveness of sins when we repent of them. Our sins are forgiven through Christ alone – past, present and future sins.

Someone once asked Dr. David Jeremiah how “future” sins could be forgiven? The pastor stated that in the Old Testament, Christ’s sacrifice was in the future, however, the temporary sacrifices done by the Israelites in the Temple were for the forgiveness that would once and for all be accomplished by Christ on the cross at Calvary.  God’s vision of time is not the same as ours. He is timeless, and created a world that resides in time – past, present, and future – as a reflection of His triune nature! [Please see The Trinity All Around You. You will be blessed!]

When Jesus asks a question in Scripture, it is for the purpose of educating and receiving a response. Did the disciples (at that moment) know exactly who Jesus was? Peter got it right, but even he abandoned Christ at the cross.

Jesus asks each and every one of us: “Who do you say that I am?”

Mar 8:29

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”

Even though Peter got it right, he still denied Jesus three times when Jesus was arrested and taken to the Romans.

Luk 22:61

And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, [fn] you will deny Me three times.”

People! We are fallen creatures desperately in need of the Savior, Jesus Christ! There is no one else who can save us!

And, Peter “came back” to Christ after the Resurrection – nevermore fearful for his mortal life because he knew that Jesus is the Christ!

Act 4:7

And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”

Act 4:8

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:

Act 4:9

“If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well,

Act 4:10

“let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.

Act 4:11

“This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ [fn]

Act 4:12

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Despite our flaws, missteps, challenges, mistakes, and fears, Jesus is strong enough to hold us up when we belong to Him and adhere to His teachings! It just takes faith in Christ, confession and repentance of our sins, and asking Jesus to indwell us through the power of the Holy Spirit!

In the beginning of this post, I have a link to an article about the new movie being released today:

Son of God.

I have seen the trailer and clips of the film on TV. It looks like the most exciting and awesome film about Jesus Christ ever made and can’t wait to see this movie!!

I pray that readers will consider seeing the movie, and then be encouraged to read the gospel of Christ. Then, perhaps, you will finally be able to come to the correct answer when Jesus asks YOU, “Who do you say that I am?”

Hat tips to all links.

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