Connecting the Dots

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…

Permanent Change

When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. . .Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come. . .Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God…

Innocent Blood

The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. Gen. 3:21 (NIV) When Adam and Eve sinned, there needed to be something done to cover their sin. God killed an animal and shed innocent blood to cover their nakedness. This continued on a regular basis to cover the sins…

Broken Creation

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Rom. 8:22 (NIV) When Adam and Eve made the choice to go their own way, they had personal consequences. Men would have hard work and women would have pain in childbirth. But the effects…

Treason

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did…

Choices

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,…

He is Patient

…He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) Today we will focus on just a portion of the verse above. It tells us that God is patient with us. Sometimes we think that God must be angry with us or frustrated at us…

Be Thankful

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 107:1 (NLT) Take a moment today to pause and be thankful for everything that God has done for you. Let your focus remain on how God has transformed your life instead of on the things you don’t have. The verse…