Hope is My Friend

Hope is a friend, who never fails me. When I am in need, it allows me to know I can succeed.

When the way ahead of me, is obscured with clouds of disappointments Hope goes before me, and shines the light to see my way clear.
When I need courage, hope pushes me ahead with the strength I need to persevere, and let me know, there is no need to fear. In times of doubt, hope tells me I can, because it is here.
Hope gives me determination, and strength to believe in myself that I can do whatever I desire. I am inspired to know, that regardless of the situation
and wherever the location, or destination, I have hope.
 Hope is my friend, who will always be with me, to the end.
“Hope is the foundation for which all successful goals are built upon.”

Poem and Quote written by Ellen J. Barrier

The Suffering Savior

Why is the Death of Jesus Christ Important to Us?
The Price God Requires for Sin is Blood

Before Jesus came to sacrifice his blood for the sins of males and females, the people would kill an animal and use its blood to pay for their sins, but they continued to sin.

For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered?

Because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscious of sins.
But in those sacrifices there is no remembrance again made of sins every year.
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. (Hebrews 10:1-4)

The Coming of Jesus Christ to Save Man from Eternal Death was Prophesied Long before He Came

Wherefore when he came into the world, he said, Sacrifice and offering you would not, but a body have you prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you have had no pleasure.
Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book,) it  is written of me, to do  your will of God. (Hebrews 10: 5-7)

Why Was Jesus Christ Chosen to Become the Sacrificial Offering for Man’s Sins?

God’s first choice was to sacrifice a man from among the people on earth, to offer his blood in the place of an animal. The man had to have not sinned.  The search for such a man was not found:

And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.  (Ezekiel 22:30)

Man’s Sins are Cause for the Wrath of God

Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath:  their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, said the Lord, GOD. (Ezekiel 22:31)

The People Bad Behavior Is Condemned by God

When we carefully read the bible, we find that sin is repeated in every generation, and that as time passes, the conscious of man become more defiance with God. That in return, angers God and we see the destruction of his wrath, poured out upon earth through disasters from nature.

For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, said the LORD. (Jeremiah 23:11)

Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. (Ezekiel 22:26)

 Her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying thus said the Lord GOD, when the LORD have not spoken.  (Ezekiel 22:28)

The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. (Ezekiel 22:29)

World Leadership and the Laws of the Land are at Fault

Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow. Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.
(Zephaniah 3:3, 4)

Woe unto you also you lawyers! For you lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and you yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. Woe unto you, lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge: you entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in you hindered.
(Luke 11:46, 52)

Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. (Ezekiel 22:27)

The Conclusion:
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. (Hebrews 2:9)
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh:
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the Eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 
And for this cause he is the mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for  the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first Testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. (Hebrews 9:13-15)

For this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
(Matthew 26: 28)
Written by Ellen J. Barrier

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