CAN YOU DEFEND YOUR FAITH?

The sad truth is most Christians can't even defend their faith because they themselves are ignorant of God's word.

Don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. -- Colossians 2:8
"My people are being destroyed for lack of knowledge..." Hosea 4:6

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani

"Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying,  'Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?' that is,  'My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?' " (Matthew 27:45-46, NKJV)
   Just before Our Lord died on the cross, he uttered somewhat a cry of defeat: Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani, in Hebrew. Did Jesus really doubted His Father at that time? After all, when Jesus volunteered to become just a man, He removed some of His God qualities. Therefore He was now susceptible to pain just like any mortal men. The agonizing pain of being hanged there for  hours plus the fact of a pain unimaginable aren't something any ordinary human could easily bear as expert have to invent new word to describe the terrible torture which was then called excruciating. Excruciating literally mean from Greek "out of the cross". 
   The people present who have heard it thought He was calling unto Elijah and they shouted "Let him alone. Let us see if Elijah will come to save him." (verse 49) The people at that time failed to realized that Jesus was actually revealing who he really was. He is not complaining to God the Father but revealing his real identity; even up until his time of death. 
   It is interesting that even at the cross, in moment of near death, Jesus is still quoting a Psalm. 
   "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?  Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning?  O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear;  And in the night season, and am not silent." (Psalm 22:1-2)
  THE FULFILLMENT 
  Is Jesus simply praying a Psalm to strengthen his spirit?  Probably, but then if you read further into that specific Psalm you will read this stunning revelation in verse 16 to 18...

16 Dogs surround me, 
   a pack of villains encircles me; 
   they pierce my hands and my feet. 
17 All my bones are on display; 
   people stare and gloat over me. 
18 They divide my clothes among them 

   and cast lots for my garment.  (Psalms 22:16-18)

   Isn't it amazingly accurate!!! Jesus was trying to point out to the people what was happening at that very hour was actually a fulfillment of that Prophetic Psalm. Christianity detractor and unbeliever even agree that it was incredibly so accurate that they suspect the thousand year old Psalm was a modern forgery.  
   The hoax can't be possible, since the Jewish sect who hated Jesus and His disciple would easily expose the plagiary. IF the above verses from Psalm 22 was inserted by early Christians then it would fail to convince the skeptic Bereans who double check the Scriptures every time they speak.  
   Historical record also had no contest against that statement. In the Book of Acts, there was a very brave statement coming from Peter, that none of there enemy can retaliate. Let us focus on some of the verses that caught the attention of the people in Judea: 
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.
   The speech would have been easily discredited by those people listening. Peter is saying "Hey! You were there when Jesus was crucified, he was buried in a landmark (Remember the tomb of a Sanhedrin Joseph of Arimathea was used as burial site). You have witness that Jesus was risen again. He ate with us, he was with us for 40 days...and that 500 or so men have seen him taken up into heaven..."
   Peter was speaking to eyewitnesses here. The silence of historian and contemporary opposition was enough proof already...Tacitus the respected Roman historian of that time recorded the death of Jesus was factual and there was no argument coming from any source about the matter. Except Nero who intentionally burn Rome and blame them to Christ follower. 

    Did You see? the Roman government can't find any loopholes against first Christians claim that Jesus indeed rose from the dead. They have to resort to other means to destroy this faith. The enemy of Jesus could have just parade His body to the street of Judea and proclaim "Here's your Messiah, Look!" But they could not because they can't find the body.



   











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