WOW THE BIG PICTURE

 
October 1

Jesus Begins His Final Days

Luke 19:28-44; Matthew 21:12-17; John 12:20-46; Psalms 107:41-43; Proverbs 19:21

When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. And it came to pass, when He came near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.'”

 

So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?”

 

And they said, “The Lord has need of him.” Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road.

 

Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying:

 

“‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!’

Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

 

And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”

 

But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

 

Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

 

Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple and overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.'”

 

Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?”

 

And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read,

‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants

You have perfected praise’?”

Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there.

 

Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast. Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

 

Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn, Andrew and Philip told Jesus.

 

But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

 

“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose, I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.”

 

Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”

 

Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.”

 

Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” This He said, signifying by what death He would die.

 

The people answered Him, “We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?”

 

 

 

Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtakes you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.

 

But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke:

 

“Lord, who has believed our report?

And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?”

Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:

“He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts,

Lest they should see with their eyes,

Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,

So that I should heal them.”

These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.

 

Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

 

Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.”

 

Luke 19:28-44; Matthew 21:12-17; John 12:20-46

 

WORSHIP

Yet He sets the poor on high, far from affliction,

And makes their families like a flock.

The righteous see it and rejoice,

And all iniquity stops its mouth.

Whoever is wise will observe these things,

And they will understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

Psalm 107:41-43

 

WISDOM

There are many plans in a man’s heart,

Nevertheless, the LORD’s counsel-that will stand.

Proverbs 19:21

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MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST

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The Place of Humiliation

If You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.  Mark 9:22

After every time of exaltation, we are brought down with a sudden rush into things as they really are, where it is neither beautiful, poetic, nor thrilling. The height of the mountaintop is measured by the dismal drudgery of the valley, but it is in the valley that we have to live for the glory of God. We see His glory on the mountain, but we never live for His glory there. It is in the place of humiliation that we find our true worth to God— that is where our faithfulness is revealed. Most of us can do things if we are always at some heroic level of intensity, simply because of the natural selfishness of our own hearts. But God wants us to be at the drab everyday level, where we live in the valley according to our personal relationship with Him. Peter thought it would be a wonderful thing for them to remain on the mountain, but Jesus Christ took the disciples down from the mountain and into the valley, where the true meaning of the vision was explained (see Mark 9:5-6, Mark 9:14-23).

“If you can do anything….” It takes the valley of humiliation to remove the skepticism from us. Look back at your own experience and you will find that until you learned who Jesus really was, you were a skillful skeptic about His power. When you were on the mountaintop you could believe anything, but what about when you were faced with the facts of the valley? You may be able to give a testimony regarding your sanctification, but what about the thing that is a humiliation to you right now? The last time you were on the mountain with God, you saw that all the power in heaven and on earth belonged to Jesus— will you be skeptical now, simply because you are in the valley of humiliation? From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition

Bible in One Year: Isaiah 14-16; Ephesians 5:1-16

INSTITUTE FOR CREATION RESEARCH ACTS AND FACTS

What’s the Point?

What’s the point? Sometimes we ask this question when we’re bogged down in a tedious project—when we’re ready to be finished with the task at hand. Sometimes we ask it out of discouragement or fatigue. Other times, we’re wondering if what we’re doing is the best use of our resources. When we consider the question in light of creation, we’re really asking why does it even matter? Is what we believe about our origins important?

Dr. Henry Morris III answers that question—what’s the point—in this month’s feature article, “The Absolute Salvation of God.” He says, “The whole point is Jesus! He is Creator or He is not. He is Savior or He is not….[Jesus] made this world and is the only One through whom the world can be redeemed.”

Jesus is the point.

At the Institute for Creation Research, our scientists work with confidence that the data they uncover will point us to our Creator and Redeemer. ICR strives to show how science affirms what we see in Scripture and to dispel the notion that deeper investigation will undermine our faith. On the contrary, both science and Scripture point to Jesus.

Visitors to the September 2 grand opening of the ICR Discovery Center for Science & Earth History witnessed this firsthand as they explored creation-based exhibits and planetarium shows. Their visit ended with presentations focused on the life, death, resurrection, and return of Christ. Why? Because everything they’d seen, from the Garden of Eden to the Flood to the elaborate design of DNA, pointed to Jesus.

In “The World’s Oldest Bird Fossil,” Dr. Brian Thomas shows us how the scientific data line up with what the Bible tells us about creatures—that our Creator made each animal according to its own kind. Dr. Thomas demonstrates how the oldest fossils reveal that a bird has always been a bird and not a bird turning into something else. Our Creator, Jesus, made everything after its own kind, just as Genesis 1 says.

Dr. Jeff Tomkins reminds us that “God created an ancestral human couple uniquely in His image on the sixth day of the creation week” (“Homo erectus: The Ape Man That Wasn’t”). His finding that Homo erectus was fully human, not a transitional link between apes and people, affirms the truth of Genesis yet again. And what’s the point of Genesis? Jesus.

Even children can begin to discover the faith-building connections between science and the Bible. Our latest children’s books, Earth: Our Created Home and Little Creation Books, can help you explain creation details to your children in ways they can understand. And all of ICR’s resources will introduce them to their Creator.

Why does ICR exist? Why does creation matter? What’s the point? Jesus. And what we think of Jesus matters because it impacts who we are, what we live for, and where we’re headed—today and in the future.

* Jayme Durant is Director of Communications at the Institute for Creation Research.

Cite this article: Jayme Durant. 2019. What’s the Point?Acts & Facts. 48 (10).

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