Hope for 2022!

My expectation for 2022 is that the LORD will return soon!

“Even so, come Lord Jesus!” Revelation 22:20b

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying,

Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men,

and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people,

and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;

and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying,

neither shall there be any more pain:

for the former things are passed away.

Revelation 21:3-4

“The Highway of the Seed”

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,

the evidence of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)

It is the time of year when we look to the Incarnation of the Lord Jesus – a season of FAITH and HOPE. I find myself going back to chapter three of the book of Genesis where I see the first promise of a future Blessed One sent from God who will crush Satan once and for all and save mankind from the sin that every one of us inherited from our parents going back to Adam and Eve.

 “And I will put enmity

Between you and the woman,

And between your seed and her Seed;

He shall bruise your head,

And you shall bruise His heel.”

Genesis 3:15

Thus began an unbroken, scarlet thread running through history as the seed of the first woman (Eve) was passed down to male offspring from generation to generation. This “Highway of the Seed” * was divinely preserved until Jesus Christ (the Messiah of God) was born in Bethlehem.

“But when the fullness of the time was come,

God sent forth his Son, made of a woman,

made under the law.”

Galatians 4:4

 

“…behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to [Joseph] in a dream, saying,

‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife,

for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

And she will bring forth a Son,

and you shall call His name Jesus [Savior],

for He will save His people from their sins.’”

Matthew 1:20b-21

But the story does not end with the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. The sinless Son of God grew up and went to the cross to shed His blood for the sins of the whole world. The Highway of the Seed continues today in all who put their faith in Him! You can be saved today by believing in Jesus who died for you.

“…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus

and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead,

you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness,

and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek [non-Jew],

for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.

For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”

Romans 10:9-13

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* I’m not sure where I first heard the term “The Highway of the Seed.” Like “The Scarlet Thread of Redemption,” it is a memorable phrase for the eternal plan of God to send His Son into the world to save sinners in fulfillment of Genesis 3:15. Satan used every evil trick to corrupt the physical line of the promised Savior and he failed! Wars, plagues, drought, famine, disease, corruption, betrayal, murder, incest, and every demonic sin imaginable could not end the godly Messianic line. When Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem it caused all the angelic hosts to break into a heavenly chorus – Glory to God in the Highest!

 

The Life Crucified

The Life Crucified

A.B. Simpson *

“There is a school of teachers who say much about Christian socialism and the application of Christ’s example to the practical details of all our social and secular questions. But these men stop short of Calvary and leave out the view that great event which is the key of all Scripture and all Christian hope and experience. And so very soon in this deeply spiritual first epistle John introduces that expression which bids men pause with a hush of holy awe and tenderness—‘the Blood.’

“John had hardly started his letter before two deep crimson shades had covered all the page: the one the dark stain of sin, the other the precious blood of Christ. ‘…the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from sin.’ (I John 1:7) This is the great fact of the cross of Calvary and the resurrection. The death of Jesus Christ, the life so divine, so human, so beautiful, laid down in sacrifice and self-surrender, was not only as an example of submission, teaching us how to die; but a ransom for the guilty and satisfaction to the righteousness of God for the sins of men.

“With all his deep insight into the spirit and life of Jesus, John, above all disciples, recognized the sacrificial meaning of His blood. ‘Behold the Lamb of God’ [John 1:29, 36] seems to ring out as the undertone of his beautiful Gospel. ‘The blood of Jesus Christ’ is the background of his epistles. ‘To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood’ is the keynote of the oft-repeated redemption song of his sublime Apocalypse. [Revelation 1:5b] The blood of Jesus Christ just means His life, with all its infinite value, given as a substitute and ransom for our forfeited life.

“The death of Christ stands for a great and potential fact, and is of no value until faith enters into partnership with Him in that fact, and knows by personal appropriation ‘the fellowship of His sufferings.’ [Philippians 3:10] The death of Christ simply means for me that when He died I died, and in God’s view I am now as if I had been executed for my own sin and was now recognized as another person who has risen with Christ and is justified from his former sins because he has been executed for them. Not only so it is the secret of my sanctification, for on that cross of Calvary, I the sinful self, was put to death; and when I lay myself over with Him upon that cross and reckon myself dead, [Romans 6:3-14] Christ’s risen life pass unto me and it is no longer my struggling, my goodness, or my badness, but my Lord who lives in me. Therefore, while I abide in Him I am counted even as He, and enabled to walk even as He walked.” [Galatians 2:20]

 

* Albert Benjamin Simpson (1843-1919), author, hymn-writer, conference speaker, was an evangelist to the urban masses of New York City and a missionary statesman. Among his enduring achievements was the founding of the Christian Missionary Alliance and what is now Nyack College.