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Friday, August 24, 2012

Consuming Fire - Part IV



THE FIRE IN HIS BONES / THE FIRE AT CALVARY - God’s Judgment of the Savior Jesus Christ on the Cross (Lamentations 1:12, 13)


We read in the book of, (Lamentations 1:12, 13);


“Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the days of His fierce anger. From above hath He sent FIRE INTO MY BONES”.



Primarily this passage of scripture speaks of the sorrow of Jerusalem. But, we also see here by way of application, that which occurred when the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, died on the cross. Because God is a loving God and not willing that any should perish He devised a plan of salvation. The hymn writer wrote;

 

Oh the love that drew salvations plan

Oh the grace that brought it down to man

Oh the mighty gulf that God did span

At Calvary

 

This is God’s good news, the gospel of the grace of God. (John 3:16, 17) “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved”. God’s beloved Son left the glory of heaven and came down into this world of sin, shame and suffering, (1 Timothy 1:15) “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”.


It was a great mystery, when the Son of God became the Son of man. (1 Timothy 3:16) “Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh”. He was born of a virgin according to (Isaiah 7:14). He grew up as a tender plant and as a root out of a dry ground as we read in (Isaiah 53:2). The beauty of Christ was seen by God in the days of the Lord’s childhood and growth into manhood. When He was about 30 years of age He began His public ministry. We are told in, (Matthew 9:35) “Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them …because they were as sheep having no shepherd”.


This is the description of man in his sins without a Savior. We read in, (Isaiah 53:6) “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all”. But, He said of Himself, (John 10:11) I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep”. He knew that man, in his sins, is like a straying sheep that has gone astray from God. In order for man to have the opportunity to be saved, He as the good shepherd would have to give His life for the sheep. We are told in, (Philippians 2:8) ”He humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross”.


Both before the Jews and Gentiles mock trials were held. Though they could find no fault or reason He was condemned to be guilty of death. He was blindfolded, buffeted and beaten. He was reviled, reproached and rejected. They spit in His face. We read in, (Isaiah 53:7) “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth”. His back was laid open as a plowed field because He said, (Isaiah 50:6) “I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting”. They platted a crown of thorns and put it upon His head and clothed Him with a purple robe to mock His kingship.


After they had done all these things to Him they led Him out to the place called Calvary and there they crucified Him. They drove nails into His hands and feet and lifted Him up on a wooden cross. The mockery and ridicule of Him continued for the first three hours He hung upon the cross. Then, as we read in, (Matthew 27:45) “From the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour”. It was at that time He took your sins and my sins in His own body on the tree. We read in, (Isaiah 53:6) “The Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all”. Because He was bearing our heavy burden of sins we read in, (Isaiah 53:4, 10) “He was stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted”. “It pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin”. THIS IS WHEN GOD SENT FIRE INTO HIS BONES.


We would repeat this scripture again. (Lamentations 1:12, 13) “Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the days of His fierce anger. From above hath He sent FIRE INTO MY BONES”.


Notice that this fire came from above. It came from heaven, from God. It was the fire of God’s judgment poured out upon His beloved Son as He was bearing our heavy burden of sin. The hymn writer wrote the words;

 

O Christ, what burdens bowed Thy head!

Our load was laid on Thee;

Thou stoodest in the sinner’s stead,

Bear’’st all my ill for me.

A victim led, Thy blood was shed;

Now there’s no load for me.

 

A crucified Man on a cross with head bowed in death was the last sight the world had of Him. The death and burial of Christ however, is not the end of the story. We read in, (1 Corinthians 15:20) “But now is Christ risen from the dead”. We read in (Ephesians 2:19) of the mighty power of God, “Which he wrought in Christ when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places”. (Ephesians 2:20). The resurrection of Jesus Christ demonstrated God’s satisfaction with the work of His beloved Son. The resurrection of Jesus Christ demonstrated His deity, that He is indeed the Son of God. We read in, (Romans 1:4) that Jesus Christ is “declared to be the Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead”.

 
There can be no true gospel without the resurrection of Christ. We read in, (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures”. Do YOU believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ? You cannot be saved unless you do. We read in, (Romans 10:9, 10) “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus (Jesus as Lord), and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”.
 

Dear reader, “IS IT NOTHING TO YOU AS YOU PASS BY”, as you read or hear this message? Is YOUR heart so hard that you can remain untouched and unmoved at all God has done to provide salvation for you? Jesus Christ, the Son of God, went into the fire of God’s judgment so that you would not have to face God as a consuming fire. He took “fire in His bones” so that YOU might not spend eternity in the “fire in the lake”.

 

An excerpt from http://www.christianmessenger.org/godisaconsumingfire.htm retrieved 08/24/2012

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