General Service in Malang, August 19, 2012 (Sunday Morning)
and grace in the Lord Jesus Christ.
27 refers to seven
sprinklings of blood upon the Ark of Covenant.
it means the suffering experienced by Jesus up to His death on the
cross to save, purify, and perfect us.
Matthew 27, there are seven passages that refer to seven sprinklings
of blood experienced by Jesus.
learn about the fourth passage, namely Jesus
is crucified and dead
27:32 is about the practice of the cross in our daily life.
27:33 is about the place of crucifixion at Golgotha.
27:34-44 is about the meaning of the cross and our attitude to the
Matthew 27:45-50 is about the time of crucifixion.
are some things that happen at the crucifixion time as follows.
2. Jesus is left alone on the cross.
is left alone on the cross, even God the Father also forsakes Him.
about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying,
"Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why
have You forsaken Me?"
is Jesus left alone?
always struggles for us.
Jesus bears the sins of men.
Jesus gives opportunity to men to have private relation with Him,
especially when we feel alone.
are three things done by Jesus alone on the cross as follows.
is alone on the cross to save sinful men.
Jesus is the only
Savior since He is the only sinless man who can save sinful men.
Sinful men actually must be judged and destroyed, but we can be
saved since Jesus bears our sins on the cross.
the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear
God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?
we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but
this Man has done nothing wrong."
he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your
Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be
with Me in Paradise."
is alone to save the criminal, cursed life. This is a lesson for us.
Whoever we are, whatever our sins are, He is able to save us.
process is believing to Jesus as the King of Righteousness. It must
be continued with confessing sins to God and the others. The blood
of Jesus will forgive all our sins and we should not repeat them
anymore. We live in righteousness.
Hophni and Phinehas are
God's servants, the priests. But when they defend wrong things,
they are destroyed.
In the other hand, this criminal wants to
live in righteousness so he is saved.
Being the servant of
God is not the guarantee of salvation. But by being the servant of
righteousness, surely we are saved. Do not be afraid to live in
righteousness, although it means that we must be left alone. At that
time, Jesus is alone together with us to transfer the cross ambience
into the ambience of Paradise, that is the ambience of care from
Heaven in the middle of all crises in this world, Heavenly joy in
the middle of tears in this world.
is alone to do intercession prayer, to struggle on the cross for
God's servants. He stretches His hands to help us who are alone in
Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the
other side, while He sent the multitudes away.
when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by
to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.
Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to
come to You on the water."
He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat,
he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
when he saw that the wind was
boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out,
saying, "Lord, save me!"
immediately Jesus stretched out His
hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why
did you doubt?"
when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, "Truly
You are the Son of God."
is great servant of God. He has many experiences with God. But
sometime he sinks and needs God's help.
Sinking means as
physically, that is sinkage in finance, work, health, study, etc.
spiritually, that is being doubtful and worried, falling in sins up
to the peak of sins, shock within marriage or ministry.
failed and without hope, without future.
happens because of doubtful heart as the consequence of boisterous
wind, especially the wind of false teaching.
Why does God
let us sink?
So we can stretch out our hands to God and call His
name. It means we believe and fully entrust our life to God.
lesson for us is in facing any problems until we feel that we are
alone, we should not become doubtful and desperate. That is the
widest opportunity to meet Jesus alone. We fully entrust our life
and stretch out our hands to God. Thus, He will also stretch out His
loving hands to us on His right time.
The result is the wind
ceased, meaning everything becomes good and successful, everything
becomes easy and light.
is alone on the cross to do great miracles.
give thanks to the Lord, for He
For His mercy endures
give thanks to the God of gods!
For His mercy endures
give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures
Him who alone does great wonders,
For His mercy endures
love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave
Himself for her,
He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the
He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot
or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and
greatest miracle is Jesus Himself on the cross sanctifies and renews
us until we are perfect and glorious as He is.
It is started
from lip only gives thank to God whatever happens in our life, there
is no grumbling nor murmuring.
The term 'fully entrusting'
means being obedient until His death on the cross. For us, it means
being obedient until the flesh does not sound anymore.
it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said
to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."
He said, "Take now your son, your only son
Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him
there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall
is obedient until the flesh does not sound anymore. Individually, he
answers "Here I am". In marriage, Abraham is also obedient by
submitting his only son. In ministry, Abraham is also being obedient
by sacrificing Isaac in the land of Moriah, not in another place.
The measure is obedience. The result is miracle will happen, the
impossible things become possible.
Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy
secretly, saying, "Go, view the land, especially Jericho." So
they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged
we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the
window through which you let us down, and unless you bring your
father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father's
household to your own home.
it shall be that
whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his
on his own head, and we will
guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, his blood shall
on our head if a hand is laid on him.
is a harlot from the Gentiles. Rahab is obedient until the flesh
does not sound anymore for the salvation of her family.
scarlet cord is the representation of the sacrifice of Christ which
saves us and our marriage.
On the contrary, Eli the priest, an
Israelite and God's servant, is disobedient so his whole family is
you younger people, submit yourselves to your
elders. Yes, all of you
be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble."
people must be obedient until the flesh does not sound anymore. Do
not use logics. Thus, we will be inside the strong hands of God that
will lift us up on His time, to make everything beautiful, until
lift us up on the glorious clouds and we will be on God's throne
at the New Jerusalem forever.