Wednesday, March 13, 2013

PART 2— INTRODUCTION

FIRST-CENTURY ISRAEL

Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood (Revelation 1:5).

The first-century Jewish-Christians knew that when the Lord Jesus Christ died on the Cross He offered His life. He was led as a sheep to the slaughter. His body became the sin-offering. His life-blood was poured out in death. The wrath of God that should have come upon the Jews had come upon the Lamb of God as the substitute. Christ's pure blood cancelled all the guilt of the sinner. "Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins" (Hebrews 9:22). This is God's way of making forgiveness possible. Where is boasting then?

The first-century Jewish-Christians [the "little flock" of Israel] knew that they could not keep the whole Law that God gave to the Jews through Moses. The Law demanded obedience. The Law pronounced judgment. But Christ has fulfilled the Law! He kept the Law in every jot and tittle. He never sinned. Christ's shed blood did not dismiss the Law of Moses, it satisfied Divine justice. Now, there is no more offering for sin.

Thus, it is finished— there can be no argument at all! The New Covenant has been sealed, not by might [works of righteousness which we have done], not by water [not by ceremonial washings], but by Christ's blood.

The life-story of the Messiah, according to our Lord Jesus, was "written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms" and all things that were written in those ancient Hebrew Scriptures speak of Him and the fulfillment of His manifestation (Luke 24:44). 

Let us look, then, at the life-story of the most important man in the history of Israel, Jesus of Nazareth. Let us start with that time when God made Himself known to man in the person of Jesus the Christ. 

We have been working on this and, hopefully, our invitation to direct you to Christ's throne of grace and glory will not be in vain. Please study with us the second part of our book: God's Work in First-Century Israel.



Tim Liwanag