Connecting the Dots

Our Sins Separate Us From God

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 (NLT) Sin means literally “to miss the mark”, like an archer. Sin is not necessarily defined by moral wrongness, by transgressing some set of rules, but instead it is doing anything that…

God Created Us to Be With Him

“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”…

A Prophecy of Safety in Jesus

“He will keep you safe. But to Israel and Judah he will be the stone that makes people stumble, a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare.” Isaiah 8:14 (NLT) In the time of Isaiah, the kingdoms of Israel and Judah were not…

A Prophecy of Freedom

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.” Isaiah 61:1 (NLT) Isaiah was a very important prophet. He had special…

The Bible Points Us to Jesus

“But when the right time came, God sent his Son who was born of a woman and lived under the law. God did this so he could buy freedom for those who were under the law and so we could become his children.” Galatians 4:4-5 (NCV) The Bible is the basis of our faith and…

Access

“And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” Mark 15:38 (NLT) During the lifetime of Jesus, the holy temple in Jerusalem was the center of Jewish religious life. The temple was the place where animal sacrifices were carried out and worship according to the Law of…

New High Priest

So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy…

Permanent Solution

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 (NIV) The Passover lamb was the animal God directed the Israelites to use as a sacrifice in Egypt on the night the firstborn sons of every household were struck…

Temporary Solution

“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” Leviticus 17:11 (NIV) God established for the children of Israel an annual event to deal with the sin in their…

Debt Comes Due

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 (NLT) Adam and Eve opened the door to sin when they ate from the forbidden tree. As a result of their choices, we are all born of a sin nature and headed…