King Uzziah succeeded many wayward kings that disobeyed God, the kings failed to fear God, but he still managed to make serving God a topmost priority.
He ruled the land of Judah with the fear of God, and was successful.
Since he was so faithful, God blessed him with power and fame; he was very much successful than many kings in his territory. However, the king became obsessed with power and stumbled. The scripture reported,
“When he (Uzziah) was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed against the Lord his God by entering the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense” (2 Chronicles 26:16).
Uzziah ignored all warnings, but he pursued a forbidden task and God was upset with him.
It is reported,
“Then Uzziah became furious; and he had a censer in his hand to burn incense. And while he was angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead, before the priests in the house of the Lord, beside the incense altar.
And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and there, on his forehead, he was leprous; so they thrust him out of that place. Indeed he also hurried to get out, because the Lord had struck him. King Uzziah was a leper until the day of his death. He dwelt in an isolated house, because he was a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the Lord. Then Jotham his son was over the king’s house, judging the people of the land” (2 Chronicles 26:19-21).
Lesson on the Fear and love of God
Nothing can be more important than having a serving heart.
No matter what we have become, we must not forget our little beginning. While we were still sinners, Christ loved and died for us. He found us in sin, cleaned us, and saved us.
God is our all-in-all, and we must not disobey him.
The Creator will continue to shower his blessings on us if we remain loyal to him.
However, if we children of God refuse to repent and turn a new leaf after correction, God will not withhold his correcting rod from us.
Prayer for You to serve, fear and love God
Dear God, please give me the grace to serve you with fear and humility.
Help me to follow your instructions and yield to your corrections.
Guide me through your Holy Spirit so that my decisions can satisfy you always. Let me remain qualify for your blessing.
For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.
Paul warned Christians at Corinth to be careful of teachings that lack basis in the scripture. Paul explained, “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!” (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).
Lesson on Warning Against False Teachings
Every child of God must be careful not to be deceived with false teachings.
We are all required to evaluate any teaching that we receive against the scripture.
A sermon, teaching, prophecy, or vision that can not be justified with the Bible must not be entertained, no matter how beautiful it may sound.
Any religion activity that fail to point our attentions to God must be considered inappropriate, and it should be rejected outrightly.
Meanwhile, it is the responsibility of every Christian to seek the true word of God.
Significant efforts must be taken to know the truth, since the Creator will not exonerate anyone for being naïve and ignorant. We must seek the truth, learn the truth, and apply God’s truth to our lives.
All truth about God that we must learn and apply are already available in the Bible.
Prayer Against False Teachings
Dear God, please enable me with the grace to live in the truth of your words always.
Do not let me get carried away with teachings that lack Bible justifications.
Give me the wisdom to differentiate between deceptive teachings and the true gospel.
Give me the strength to walk uprightly with you always, so that I can qualify for your heavenly kingdom.
For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.
The Pharisees and Sadducee surrounded Jesus Christ like bees seeking for every opportunity to bite their host. The religion enemies set traps and tested Jesus on many grounds with the hope that he might stumble in his speech, so that they can arrest and kill Him. Meanwhile, Jesus was sensitive to recognize the presence of his enemies, and He put them in the right place! When the Pharisees asked a tricky question about resurrection, Jesus referred them to a scripture that everyone in the society respected – and the foes became silent (Luke 20:27-39). However, Jesus warned his disciples to be watchful of hypocrites who would be envious of their success and seek their downfall. Jesus said,
“Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers.
Priest role was crucial to God and his people during Old Testament time. The priest offers animal sacrifices to atone for the sin of their people. A person who has committed a sin must provide an animal that the priest would offer on his behalf. No sin was forgiven in the Old Testament without a priest offering a sacrifice to God.
Besides the routine sacrifices of priests, God also designated a special person with the title of “Most High Priest” to yearly offer a sacrifice to plead for the collective sins of his people. The Most High Priest has an obligation to rightly perform his task otherwise, God would reject it, and the priest may die for his sacrifice error.
The priest’s activity of animal sacrifice (and other sacrifices) have been discontinued during New Testament era; however, the priesthood office remains in existence. Some individuals still operate in priesthood office today. These are people who minister to God’s children through prayers and other related services. The New Testament priests teach the word of God; they pray for people and perform other charitable activities.
Today’s priests are clergies, and they bear different titles based on their church denominations or affiliations. They sometimes answer the title, priest, bishop, reverend, pastor, and others. For example, Catholic clergy answers priest, but Protestant and Pentecostal clergies answer bishop, reverend, and pastor.
Unfamiliar Most High Priest
The priest of Old Testament and New Testament serve God to the best of their abilities, but they are short of perfection! They could mediate between God and people through prayer and sacrifices, but their services have limitations. God overlook human sins as a result of their sacrifices, but he did not destroy the power of sin through their efforts!
Jesus Christ was an unfamiliar priest to people of his time. They did not consider him as a priest, but indeed, he was one! His action proved that he was God’s preordained Most High Priest. The Bible declares,
“… By two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge would have strong encouragement and indwelling strength to hold tightly to the hope set before us. This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells], where Jesus has entered [in advance] as a forerunner for us, having become a High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:18-20 AMP)
Jesus Christ was a special messenger that did not operate as traditional priests of his time. Instead of slaughtering an animal for sacrifice, he allowed himself to be slaughtered as a sacrifice for human sins.
Once and for all, Christ sacrificed his life for all human sins! Bible reported how he spiritually outperformed his predecessors as a special priest of God-the Most High Priest. Upon his death on the cross, Christ’s power torn the temple veil into two! Bible reported,
“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?”… Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split” (Matthew 27:45-51 NKJV).
The Reasons Behind Jesus’ Priesthood Action
Jesus Christ, unlike any other priest, chose not to follow the cycle of offering bulls, lambs, goats, and other animals to sacrifice for human sins. Why? Animal sacrifice provided temporal relief since it only covers a sin, but did not remove it.
Also, animal sacrifice was expensive. A person who sacrificed an animal for his sin may soon find himself in the same sinful situation and be mandated to repeat the same process. In addition, a priest who carried out an animal sacrifice is also human, and may inadequately perform his service and render the whole exercise useless.
Besides, an animal sacrifice was not strong enough to destroy the power of sin. That is, God only pardoned a sin through an animal sacrifice, he did not destroy the power of sin for people.
With the complication process of animal sacrifice and its limitations, Jesus Christ chose to abolish the entire process and sought a permanent solution. Therefore, he offered himself as a sacrificed for human sins to earn them permanent forgiveness and freedom. Bible declares,
The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— I have come to do your will, my God.’ ” (Hebrews 10:1-7 NIV).
Why Did Jesus Christ Sacrifice His Life?
Jesus’ decision to replace animal sacrifice with his own life was motivated by some special reasons. Why did Jesus sacrifice his life when other priests have not complained of their rituals?
The Old Testament priests did not care beyond ordinary for the people they served. They were comfortable at offering animal sacrifice to provide a temporary solution for people.
Jesus Christ cared for other people (the whole world); therefore, he was uncomfortable to provide a temporary solution for people. He sought to provide them a permanent solution.
On a normal day, an Old Testament priest would say, “Bring me an animal, and I will sacrifice it for your sin!” Jesus disdained the status quo. His practical action could be translated as if he stated, “Don’t bring me an animal, I will sacrifice my life for your sin!”
Jesus Christ took the matter of sin forgiveness seriously, and he was willing to pay an ultimate price that will earn people permanent forgiveness for their sins.
The sacrifice of Jesus’ life immediately provided five major benefits for people:
Opportunity to permanently receive forgiveness of sin.
Opportunity to repair and restore the broken relationship between God and man (and woman).
Humanity has an opportunity to permanently receive forgiveness of their sins.
A human can have a mutual relationship with God.
A human can also receive God’s strength to overcome the temptation of sin.
Anyone who believes Christ can obtain the gift of eternal life.
Anyone who believes Christ can live as an overcomer on earth!
It is important to testify that God crowned Jesus Christ with the highest honor in priesthood office after he sacrificed his life on the cross. God awarded him a title of the Most High Priest!
Perhaps, the best privilege that Christ-the Most High Priest earned for humanity is the fact that his followers will qualify for God’s kingdom! Anyone who believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and accept him as his or her personal Lord and Savior will be raptured to heaven on the last day.
Everyone now has an opportunity to qualify for heaven through confession of faith in Jesus Christ. A person who confesses Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior will not regret his decision. The person will receive God’s help in this life and also be blessed in heaven!
In the redemption process of mankind, the blood of Jesus Christ plays an indispensable role. The blood that was shed on the cross of Calvary, brought about the salvation of our souls and set a precedence for every believer to live an overcomer’s life. The blood also contains God’s supernatural power to perform various miracles and to heal all kinds of sicknesses.
The Scenario Of The Blood Of Jesus Christ
Two opposing forces: The force of God and force of Satan competed for victory over Christ’ mission to save the world. Satan, the enemy of righteousness influenced the opponents of Christ (the Pharisees and the Roman’s authority) to arrest him with the hope that they would kill him and permanently stop his mission.
The enemies colluded and brought various false allegations against Jesus, of which he was completely innocent. The enemies beat Jesus, hung him on the cross and left him to suffer till death.
“Crucify him, crucify him!” was what the enemies of Christ were shouting. They wanted him dead by all means with the hope that his mission to save humanity will be permanently stopped. However, while the enemies plotted and carried out their atrocity against Christ, God and his angelic hosts were eager to take the advantage of the situation. Their expectation was to see the Lamb of God sacrificing his life by shedding his blood for the remission of human’s sins.
Satan and his followers wanted to do evil, but God wanted to use their action for his benefits.
The enemies killed Jesus, but while they were celebrating their victory, God raised him from the dead on the third day, awarded him an unbeatable power over death and also turned him to be the Savior of the world.
God beat Satan hands down by resurrecting his Son Jesus Christ to life after he was crucified! The enemy who had earlier thought he won the battle soon realized he was a loser.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ awards the gift of eternal life to anyone who will believe in his name. Hence, whoever confesses Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior will be saved!
What Has The Blood Of Jesus Christ Got To Do For Me?
The blood that Christ shed on the cross consists of everything that humanity need to live prevalence life on earth! Through the blood, a person can receive forgiveness of his sins; he can have his sins washed away and become cleansed to befit God’s kingdom. Someone who is sick can receive his (or her) healing through the blood of Jesus. The list of the benefits that a person can receive from the blood of Jesus goes on and on.
It is written, “Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11 NLT).
Anyone who reserves his confidence in the name of Jesus Christ and believes in the power of his blood will prevail over satanic afflictions. More importantly, the person will have strength to live above sin as the scripture stated,
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7 NIV)
Victory For All Through The Blood Of Jesus Christ
It is important to mention that people who have confessed their faith in Jesus and believe in the power of his blood will have God’s power to effectively evangelize gospel. After resurrection, Christ endowed his power on his followers (Christians) and said,
“…All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:18-20 ASV).
With reference to the above Bible passage, it means not only did Jesus handed his baton of victory to his followers to live prevalent lives over Satan and his cohorts, he has also granted us his power to make disciples of all nations. That is, Christians now have power to loot the camp of our enemies and yield meaningful fruits for God’s kingdom!
A confident Christian must be able to say, “If Christ has said it I believe it!” All children of God must now go by the strength of the Almighty God to do exploits for his kingdom. We must preach the gospel of Jesus Christ from coast to coast. We must proclaim his gospel message throughout the world to lead multitude of people to God’s kingdom! The power of God that dwells in us will help us prosper and prevail on all fronts.
Meanwhile, not only do Christians have rights to preach the gospel, we also have every right to exercise God’s power to set the captives free! A person who believes in the name of Jesus and the power of his resurrection automatically has the right to heal the sick. If the person can apply faith to his declarations, then mountains will become plain and valley will level up for his benefits, and all glory will be given to God!
In short, a situation of any kind will submit to the power of God found in the blood of Jesus. Anyone who mentions the name of Jesus Christ and believes in the power of his resurrection (via his blood) will witness his miracles beyond any human comprehension.
Last But Not The Least
Isn’t it a matter of importance that I proclaim God’s blessings into your life for believing in the power of his blood?
Please let’s pray:
“I proclaim through the authority in the name of Jesus Christ and the power in his blood that all your challenges become removed! I declare God’s solution to your problem! May all the promises of God come into full manifestation over your life! May you prosper from now on, and may it be well with you every day of your life! For in the name of Jesus Christ I have made my declarations! Amen”.
Crucify him; crucify him, shouted the Pharisees who wanted Jesus dead by all means. The enemies got their wish, but it became my blessing!
Jesus Christ shed his blood on the Cross of Calvary for humanity. He suffered and languished in pain from his persecutors who beat him mercilessly and squeezed the crown of thorns on his head. An already weaken Son of God was forced to carry his own cross as mob chanted “crucify him” to Roman soldiers.
“Crucify him, crucify him” the mob were shouting. They wanted Jesus dead by all means. The authority (in collaboration with the Pharisees) dragged Jesus to Golgotha where they nailed his arms and feet on the cross. Hammers pounded the nails as they were driven into his arms and feet; he cried in pain but no one was ready to help. The enemies laughed and mocked him as he groaned in pain!
Jesus’ enemies were having a field day as they hung the body of Jesus on the cross and hammered the crown of thorns to his head. They even took their time to post on Jesus’ cross to showcase the allegation they brought against him. The signage was “Hinri” meaning The self-proclaimed “King of Jews.”
Blood run all over Jesus’ body as he was groaning in excruciating pain.
Not just the enemies mocked Jesus Christ, the onlookers and passersby did the same. Even one of the two thieves nailed to the cross took a cheap shot at Jesus stating, “If you are the Son of God, save yourself, and save us also.” (Luke 23:37).
No one sympathized with Jesus Christ, except a few mothers and some men of integrity. Perhaps those few ones murmured, “This is an act of injustice; this man doesn’t deserve this kind of treatment!” However, what influence have the sympathizers gotten? They were powerless by all standards!
Jesus Shed His Blood to Save Mankind!
Jesus Christ languished in excruciating pain on the cross. Blood flowed from wounds sustained from beatings and crown of thorns hammered to his head. Meanwhile a soldier doubled his punishment as he gave him vinegar to drink when he lamented for water. Perhaps the same soldier tossed spear into his side as water and blood gushed out from his side!
However, the experience of Christ from his enemies is a prophecy in fulfillment. Long before he was born, Isaiah had prophesied about him,
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5 KJV).
O that the blood of Jesus Christ may never be in vain over my life!
The blood washes sins away! He cleanses people’s lives from their past mistakes and make them fit for God’s kingdom. Believers receive God’s forgiveness via the blood of Jesus Christ! That is, someone who confesses his sins and prays in the name of Jesus will receive God’s forgiveness.
The blood of Jesus Christ heal all kinds of diseases and sickness. The power of God transpires from the blood of Jesus Christ to perform miracles in the lives of people who believe! That is, anyone who anchors his faith in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ and also trust in his blood will experience God’s supernatural power of healing and deliverance.
The blood of Jesus Christ gives Christians upper hands over the power of darkness! Since no activity of men could prevent Jesus Christ from resurrection, whoever anchors his faith in the same Jesus will have similar experience. No power of man or of Satan will be able to prevail over him!
The Resurrection Power of Jesus and Its Benefits…Christians have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ to live above Satan’s trials and temptations. Also, no persecution of the enemy can prevail over us since the power consist in Jesus’ resurrection has earn us upper arms…
Christians Are Born To Rule Over Satan via Resurrection Power!
There are much benefits consisted in the resurrection of Jesus Christ; Christians must make a good use of the benefits. People who were motivated by Satan plotted against Jesus. They crucified him on the cross hoping their exercise would end his life and ministry. However, the enemies soon realized they have lost the battle since Jesus resurrected on the third day!
No Christian should ever allow Satan to manipulate him (or her) to believe he lives under his control. Satan is not in control, Christians are in control. The enemy is the slave, and we are his master since Christ has earned us victory through his death and resurrection.
The Holy Spirit of God has also automatically elevated believers above Satan and his cohorts!
The Bible has rightly declared, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it” (John 1:5 NIV). Bible also stated, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37 NKJV).
Jesus Christ has released the Holy Spirit to benefit Christians prior to his ascension to heaven. He said to his disciples,
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:17-18 KJV).
Holy Spirit Turns Christians to Champions
Children of God must allow the Holy Spirit to rule us to live overcomer’s lives on earth. We must give the Spirit of God chance to rule us into all victory as we daily pray, worship, and study the word of God.