"What has he ever done for me?"

Glenn Addington By Glenn Addington, 8th Mar 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3u9jciz-/
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While some may only be aware of what John 3:16 says, there is much more behind that simple statement.

"What has he ever done for me?"

Many people have a less than positive attitude when the mention of God is made. Many have a great deal of contempt for Jesus as well. There may be little or no knowledge or thought behind these attitudes. And it is also true that often times, when bad things happen in this life, God gets the blame. "Why did God...," is the question often asked. It has been wisely stated that God often takes the blame for the results of the foolish things people do.
Remembering what happened to Job - the loss of everything except his wife - it must be remembered that the culprit was Satan, attempting to shatter Job's world and faith and cause him to curse God. The evil one is determined to destroy anyone with faith in God, and would take advantage of any opportunity to turn anyone away from faith in God or in Christ.

Back to the original question...

"What has Jesus done for me?" someone once asked.
A number of statements will follow in the next section. The reader is invited to read them, research them for their accuracy, and then read them again. When this is all done, the reader is asked to read them sequentially, and at the end of each one, to thoughtfully say aloud the following statement, "He did this for me." And then an expression of thanks will surely be appropriate.

"He did this for me."

Though Jesus was fully divine and fully God, He would choose to temporarily forsake that in order to come to earth to save sinful mankind.

He would choose to occupy the womb of a young Jewish woman, and endure the human birth process. He would submit Himself to the helplessness of an infant in the care of an inexperienced mother.

His was the ultimate exchange of position – from God to man; sinless, yet dying the death of a criminal.

His miracles of healing and raising the dead, and His social interaction with the outcasts of His day, revealed the loving nature of the Father. He wanted us to know of that love, having demonstrated it to us.

His was the ultimate experience of culture shock, going from the perfect, sinless, harmonious fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, to live among fallen humanity with their sinful behavior and attitudes. Being able to discern the thoughts of men's hearts, He was surely bombarded with the potential vileness of the human mind.

He endured the 40 days of fasting in the wilderness, and gave an example for victory in the face of temptation by relying on the truths in God’s word.

He repeatedly told His followers of His upcoming death on the cross, and even called one of His close friends “Satan” when that friend opposed that idea.

Referring to the cross, Jesus said in Luke 12:50, “ I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished.” Luke 9:51 tells us that when the set time had come for Him to go to the cross, He steadfastly set His face toward Jerusalem - His purpose, His intention, His goal was the cross.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, though He prayed, “If it be thy will, let this cup pass from me”, He ended that prayer with the words, “…not my will, but Your will be done.”

He told those arresting Him that He could have called on the Father, and had over 70,000 angels to come and deliver Him. But He chose the cross instead.

His trial was illegal in many ways - a mockery of justice, with no true testimony, except His own – His declaration to be the Son of God.

Pilate had Him scourged – beaten with a whip which contained fragments of bone and lead tied to the ends. These would peel the skin off one’s back. Many died before the scourging was complete.

At the hand of the Roman soldiers, He experienced numerous beatings, mockery, and was spit on repeatedly. Between the scourging and the beatings, Isaiah 52 implies He was scarcely recognizable even to those who knew Him.

The words, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” are consistent with II Corinthians 5:21, which says, “God made Him , Who knew no sin, to be sin in our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God through Him.” God could not look on Jesus, as He bore the sins of all mankind.

His cry from the cross, “It is finished!” was loud and strong, not the last gasp of a dying man. It was the declaration that the penalty for mankind’s sin had been paid.

His resurrection guaranteed the resurrection of His followers and those who would believe in Him afterward. He is still at work for them, being an advocate for them, I John 2:1 tells us, and Hebrews 7:25 states that, “…He always lives to make intercession for us.”

Now that the question has been answered...

If that thought ever comes to you, or someone voices it in your hearing, I hope you will be able to remember these things you have read. Review them with thanks if by yourself; suggest an attitude of gratitude should have opportunity to share them with someone else. God bless you, in either case.

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Jesus, Jesus Christ, Jesus Ministry, Jesus The Savior

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author avatar Glenn Addington
I am an American, former Viet Nam veteran, and a Christian, living in East Tennessee. I am now retired and am pursuing a writing career. I would welcome writing assignments.

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author avatar Len Addington
11th Mar 2018 (#)

Excellent! Well done.

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author avatar Glenn Addington
12th Mar 2018 (#)

Thanks!!

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