Thank God for Calvary
Calvary or Golgotha Hill, was the site outside of Jerusalem. It was the hill where the crucifixion of Jesus occurred. Calvary in the Gospels was known as place of the skull because of the way the hill was shaped. The events associated with the death of Jesus on Mt Calvary has given humanity forgiveness, hope and secured our eternal salvation. Thank God for Calvary.
33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. 35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
Can bad things happen to good people?
Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers out of envy. God was with him in Egypt. Out of that bad situation, he was appointed governor over that great country. His position of governor allowed him to save his family from famine. Paul was accused of preaching Jesus as Savior and hope of Israel. He was arrested out of hatred and sent to Rome to face trial. In Rome, he was granted the opportunity to teach and preach the gospel. Out of that bad experience, he was able to preach the gospel to many including the king's family. God works with us in our bad situations and disappointments.
19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them Genesis 50:19-21
12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly Philippians 1:12-14
Only God can make us strong in the weak places. In those spots of persecution and hardship. His power and grace shine through our frail bodies.When we feel broken and useless, trust in his power and wisdom. Then his light will shine through the cracks and dark places to give troubled, distress and hopeless people hope.
2 Corinthians 12:10
10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
When the Queen of Sheba visited the king of Israel, Solomon, she was speechless, after seeing the things Solomon had built and the great temple in Jerusalem.
When the roll is called up yonder on the great day of Judgement, and our names are called to join Jesus, the Holy Spirit, God and the angels in heaven forever. I do not know what heaven will be like, but one thing I do know, heaven is going to shine. It will surely surpass what the Queen of Sheba saw when she visited Israel.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem,coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Roy Graneau is the full-time preacher for the South Edmonton Church of Christ.