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Vol 36, No. 10 THERE…THEY…CRUCIFIED…HIM

Vol 36, No. 10  October, 2012

    THERE…THEY…CRUCIFIED…HIM

“And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, THERE THEY CRUCIFIED HIM…” (Lk.23:33).

This message was first published in the WILDERNESS in Vol. 2,No. 5, May, 1977. Parts of this message have been used in editions since then. This original edition is for posting on our web-site.

I believe with all my heart the Lord led me to bring this message from these FOUR WORDS. As He began to speak to my heart I said to myself that this will not be difficult, after all, only FOUR WORDS, what’s so difficult about that? As I began to study the Scriptures, (KJB) and read various commentaries, I began to change my mind. I saw that man in his human understanding can never comprehend the depth of these four words, THERE, THEY, CRUCIFIED, HIM. Today, if you are saved, I believe you will love the Lord Jesus better because we examine these FOUR WORDS. If you are not saved, I trust that you will listen to the Holy Spirit as you read and that you will receive Christ as your Saviour in these moments. Now, let us examine these FOUR

WORDS with the emphasis on each word individually…

1. THERE. “THERE They Crucified Him” Where is THERE? And what does THERE mean?
Luke 23:33 calls “THERE” Calvary. Mt. 27:33 calls “THERE” Golgotha, “A place of a skull.”

“THERE” is an appointed place. In Genesis 22 when Abraham offered his son Isaac in obedience to God, he took his son Isaac to Mount Moriah to offer him as a burnt offering. Of course this was a test of Abraham’s faith. When they arrived at the APPOINTED PLACE Isaac asked, “Where is the lamb?” meaning where is the lamb to be offered. Abraham replied, “God will provide himself a lamb.” As you read that account you will see that a ram was caught in a thicket by his horns, and the ram was offered. I do sincerely believe that the very spot where Isaac was to be offered is the very spot where Christ died for our sins. “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be seen.” The Temple at Jerusalem was built on Mount Moriah. Calvary was just outside the city wall on Mount Moriah.

“THERE” is an appointed time. “But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son.” (Gal. 4:4).Jesus was born at the right time in God’s plan of redemption.
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Ro. 5:6). As

Christ was born on time, He died on time.
“THERE” Calvary, was outside the wall of Jerusalem. Outside the wall is symbolic of man’s position before God. Man sinned against God in the Garden of Eden and God drove man away from the Garden and since that time man has been “outside.” Jesus came here to die for man so He died for man, OUTSIDE. “Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood suffered WITHOUT THE GATE. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing His reproach.” (Heb. 13:12-13). THERE is symbolic of man’s position.

“THERE” Calvary, was near some thoroughfare. Many passed that way, “And they that passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads.” (Mt. 27:39). Those who would enter the city of Jerusalem, the City of God, must pass that way. God has placed Calvary along the thoroughfare of life and all who would enter that Heavenly city of God must go by way of Calvary.

“THERE” Calvary, was visible from afar. “There were also women looking on AFAR OFF.” (Mk. 15:40)(Lk. 23:49). God has so placed Mount Calvary that those AFAR OFF, (Eph. 2:11-13) those unto the uttermost part of the earth can clearly see. It is not that we see with our physical eyes, we see through the eyes of faith. The song writer says, “I have been to Calvary, through the witness of His Word.” Thank God all can see from AFAR OFF, little children, those in heathen darkness, the very rich and the very poor can see. We see The sinless Son of God, high and lifted up, dying for our sin. We MUST see that.

“THERE” Calvary, is Green in color. Green reminds us of eternity. Only at Calvary, this place can we have eternal Life. The Hymn writer wrote so beautifully,

     “There is a Green Hill far away,
          Without a city wall,
       Where the Dear Lord was Crucified,
          Who died to save us all.”

2. THEY. “There THEY Crucified Him.” Who are the THEY who crucified Him? On and on the debate goes about who crucified Him. Some place the blame solely on the Jews and others blame religion. Let’s examine “THEY” for a few moments.

SOLDIERS had a part in His crucifixion. “Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered Him with the whole band of soldiers.” (Mt 27:27). I believe that it is clear from the remainder of the text that soldiers had a part in His crucifixion.

ROME was responsible for His crucifixion. The Governor who had power to release Him did not, but released a murderer instead and washed his hands, but, with the soldiers, he is guilty.

JEWS were there. They had a part in the crucifixion. They cried out, “His blood be upon us and on our children. Let Him be crucified.(Mt. 27:23-25).

RELIGION crucified Him. Religion was there with all of it’s rottenest worse. Religion screamed for His crucifixion and then saying, “Let’s get this mess all cleaned up. Tomorrow is a day of worship.”(Jn 19:31-36).

SATAN had a part in the crucifixion. Genesis 3:15 says that Satan would “bruise His heel.” Satan had all of the imps of hell stir up the crowd that night. He had tried to stop the Saviour’s birth. He had tried since the Saviour’s birth to kill Him, now, at last he has his way. Still there are others to share the blame.

GOD THE FATHER had a part in the crucifixion. That’s right! He is God’s Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him.” (Isa. 53)

YOU and I, WE had a part in the crucifixion. We were not there physically, but our sin was there. I believe that had I been alive and there that night I would have done the same thing. Human nature does not change. Yes, we all had a part in an event that happened two thousand years ago. Our sins nailed Him to the cross. “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. All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Soldiers, Rome, Religion, Jews, Satan, God, and YOU and I, all had a part in the Crucifixion of our Lord. We share the blame. We were there!

3. CRUCIFIED. “There They CRUCIFIED Him.” What is crucifixion?
Crucifixion was the worse possible death. I find it very difficult to describe the horrors of that awful event. I realize that with this subject I am on Holy Ground…that I am human and frail and my understanding is vague. I believe that only when we see Him face to face and He lifts the veil from our eyes, then we can see the depths of the crucifixion…how He suffered physically, mentally, emotionally. Spiritually for you and me, It was not just the physical suffering. That is why I say it is so hard to understand it all. I read the following in a Bible Encyclopedia…”Crucifixion was preceded by scourging. This was to hasten impending death. The victim bore his own cross. When he was tied to the cross nothing further was done and he was left to die of starvation. If he was nailed to a cross a stupefying drink was given to deaden the agony. A tablet on which his feet rested seems to be a part of the cross to keep the wounds from tearing through. The suffering was intense in hot climates. Severe local inflammation  coupled with significant bleeding of the jagged wounds produced traumatic fever which was aggravated by the exposure to the heat and sun and the strained position of the body. Insufferable thirst caused the victim to die a thousand deaths. The length of the agony was wholly determined by the constitution of the victim. Death was sometimes hastened by the breaking of the legs and a hard blow delivered under the armpit before the crucifixion.”
Christ alone could have bore those hours on the Cross! Oh, what a Saviour! Bless His Holy Name!!! “We preach Christ CRUCIFIED. Unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness. But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the POWER of God and the WISDOM of God.”(1Cor 1:23-24).

4. HIM.  “There They Crucified HIM.
Who? Who is the HIM they crucified?

NO! Not just another criminal dying for his crime.

NO! Not just another good man dying for a good cause.

HIM. The Great Creator, humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross. (Phil. 2:5-8).
“For ye know the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.”

THERE, at Calvary, WE, you and I had a part in the crucifixion of the Lord of Glory.
But He waits with out-stretched arms to welcome those of us who receive Him as Lord and Saviour! He will hear your heart’s cry if you will call upon Him, TODAY! Begin TODAY to live FOREVER!…Because of Calvary!

                MY BEST
                  G. Mills

      How can I but give my all,
         To One who loved me so?
      Can I give less that He who gave,
         His life, who came so low?

       O Saviour now I give myself,
          My best, my all to thee,
       My life I give to thy Great cause,
          Thou gavest Thine all for me.

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   THERE…THEY…CRUCIFIED…HIM
           By Pastor George Mills
“And when they came to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified Him.”

     THERE, upon a Roman Cross,
         THERE, on Calvary’s rim,
     THERE, to suffer for our loss,
         THERE, they crucified Him

     THEY would not yield to One God sent,
         THEY rejected One, so fair.
     THEY refused Him when the veil was rent,
         THEY crucified Him there.

     CRUCIFIED by wicked men,
         CRUCIFIED without a word,
     CRUCIFIED to take our sin,
         CRUCIFIED they, the Lord.

     HIM, the One who came to save,
         HIM, they all denied,
     HIM, the Victor o’er the grave,
         HIM, they crucified.

     THERE to meet the Law’s demands,
          THEY saw the Lamb of God,
     CRUCIFIED by wicked hands,
          HIM, whose blood poured on the sod.

     THERE in all that wrong I share,
          THERE I should have died,
     THERE, my sin, the Christ did bear,
          THERE, where He was crucified.

     THERE, I see One in my place,
          THERE, my debt was paid,
     THERE, where God poured out His Grace,
          THERE, on Christ all sin was laid.

     THERE where peace with God is made,
        THERE on Calvary’s rim,
     THERE, God’s Mercy is displayed,
        THERE, they crucified Him.

     I claim that place this very day,
         Where the Law was satisfied,
     THERE He took my sin away,
         Where THERE He was crucified.

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                FROM MY HEART
                   By Mildred Mills

                     LET’S PAINT

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” (Pr. 25:11).

What a beautiful picture! I’m not an artist but I can paint this picture, and so can you!
We get up in the mornings with a “Good Morning Lord.” instead of “Lord, it’s morning,” and we have already made our first stroke on the canvass as we attempt to paint this beautiful  painting. We give our loved ones a big hug and tell them to “have a good day” as they leave for work or play. As we go through our day we are sure to meet someone along the way with a “good morning.” and later we meet another with “hello, how are you today?” We get a call, we listen to someone’s problems and we let them know we care with words like, “I’m sorry and I’ll be praying for you.” (Oh, our painting is getting more beautiful with every stroke!) Later in the day we remember a “not so fitting word” that we spoke, so we call and ask for forgiveness—another beautiful color added to our canvass. Our loved ones return home and we greet them with a hug and words like, “I missed you” or “how was your day?” I think maybe a few more words like “Thank you” and “You are so kind and thoughtful” will really add some more beautiful colors to our painting.
At the end of the day we thank God for His goodness to us and then we stand back and look at our art work. How did we do? It’s very pretty, but not complete. We need one more stroke of the brush. The words “I LOVE YOU” come to mind and now our beautiful painting is complete.

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THINK ABOUT IT…Someone has said, “There is a cross in the way to every crown that is worth wearing. There is no winning without warring, there is no triumph without trouble.

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          TEEN TALKS THAT MATTER
                     By Ashley Stevens

             SHOWING YOUR FAITH

In James 2:17 we are told that if we have faith without works, then our faith is dead. It is very easy to say that we have faith and believe in God, but only through our works can we prove that. We must live the way that Christ did and follow His example. There is a song from years back that exemplified this message;

“What you are speaks so loud that the world can’t hear what you say. They are looking at your walk, not listening to your talk;They’re judging from your actions every day.”

God isn’t saying that you have to start visiting the elderly or start handing out pamphlets or even go to a foreign land to show your works. I am not saying that this kind of ministry is not important, but demonstrating faith with works can begin right in your home, at your school, or on your job. A witness for faith means that you are showing others your faith in Jesus Christ, by walking each day with Him. Trusting in His Words to guide you, praying each day to be closer and more like Him, showing everyone that you have a tower of strength that comes only from believing in the Lord. This message was demonstrated by Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Superstar Tim Tebow when he told reporters, “I don’t want to be another guy who’s walking down the street. I want when people see me they say, “Hey, there’s something different about this guy and that’s because he has a relationship with Jesus Christ.”

Until next time,                  Ashley Stevens.

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HOW BEAUTIFUL HEAVEN MUST BE!
“For he looked for a city which hath foundations whose builder and maker is God.” (Heb. 11:10).

As the years of youth pass by so swiftly, as we have to say our last goodbye to our loved ones who have gone on, we think more and more about eternal things. We think about Heaven, the home of the Redeemed ones. Heaven should be in our thoughts daily. After all, that’s home! That’s where we will live through the eternal ages. Let’s get used to thinking about the sweetness of Heaven. In the days past, Saints of God would sing songs of hope…songs about Heaven….
   “On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand
       And cast a wistful eye,
    To Canaan’s fair and happy land,
       Where my possessions lie.”

And of course….

     “How beautiful Heaven must be,
          Sweet home of the happy and free,
      Fair Haven, a rest for the weary,  
          How beautiful Heaven must be.”

The thought of Heaven should get sweeter every day. Let me share with you some of the beauties of Heaven as revealed in God’s Word…

1. THE CITY OF HEAVEN. Heaven is a City. A city as real as any city. A city as real as Jacksonville, or Dallas, or Chicago. This is the city of God. “And I saw a new Heaven and a new earth, for the first Heaven and the first earth were passed away, and there was no more sea. And I, John, saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem coming down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 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…” (Rev. 21:1-4).
This is a PREPARED city for a PREPARED people. You prepare for this city by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Saviour. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the  Sons of God.” (Jn. 1:12). There are two “Receives” in the Gospel of John; (John 1:12, and John 14:3). Jesus said “If you receive me, one day I’ll receive you into Heaven.” The price of entry there has been paid. Paid in full at the Cross of Calvary!.Yes, Heaven is a City, a real place. By the way, when you write down the name of a certain city you always capitalize, because that is grammatically correct. Always capitalize Heaven, Heaven is a real place! The Apostle John saw Heaven and did his best to describe what he saw, but mere words cannot describe what he saw.. After his revelation of Heaven, John said, “Even so, come Lord Jesus.”
Paul saw Heaven, (2Cor. 12:1-4). Paul said “I saw and heard things not describable in the language of men, That’s where I will glory.”

2. THE COMFORT OF HEAVEN. In John 14 our Lord Jesus spoke words of comfort to His disciples. Their hearts were troubled. As Job said, “Man is of few days, and full of trouble.”

HEAVEN FOLLOWS DEATH FOR THE CHILD OF GOD.  Actually “death” is a bad choice of words, because the Christian just goes on to be with Christ when his earthly life is over. Paul said “To depart and be with Christ is far better.” (Phil. 1:23). So when we leave this life, we just step over into paradise.

CHRISTIANS WILL KNOW ONE ANOTHER IN HEAVEN. . King David said concerning his child who had died, “But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” (2Sam. 12:23). In Matthew 17, Moses and Elijah were recognized. They had passed from this life many years before, but they were recognized. John knew the Lord Jesus in His Glorified body, (Rev 1-3). I believe that in Heaven when all things are made new we will have no trouble recognizing our loved ones. Partial knowledge will pass to perfect knowledge.

CHRISTIANS WHO ARE NOW IN HEAVEN KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING ON EARTH.  I do not know to what extent they know, but I believe they help make up that great cloud of witnesses in Heb. 12:1-2. Jesus said, “Likewise I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth,” (Lk. 15:10). Since there is joy in the presence of angels, that joy must be from our loved ones there.

IN HEAVEN THERE ARE SEVEN “NO MORES.” Read Rev. 21-22.

NO MORE DEATH.  (Rev 21:4) Rev. 20:14; “And DEATH and hell were cast into the lake of fire, this is the second death. The second death has no power over the child of God. The power of death is forever defeated, (Rev. 20:6)

NO MORE SORROW. (Rev 21:4) Sorrow pictures the inward hurts. No one else knows some of the sorrows that pierce your heart, but God knows! One day He will explain all things to you and you will see that God knew best. No sorrow will enter Heaven.

NO MORE CRYING. (Rev  21:4).Crying is the outward manifestation of an inward hurt. One day in Heaven, God will take His towel of Grace  and dry every tear. Heaven knows no tears.

NO MORE PAIN. (Rev 21:4) Man has been trying for years to find the perfect pain killer. While we live here on earth we live in a frail body that knows decay and pain. But in Heaven; No Pain!

NO MORE CURSE.(Rev 22:3). At the fall of Adam, God places a curse upon the Man, the woman, the serpent, and nature itself, Gen. 3:1-20).The Old Testament ends with the word, “Curse.” The New Testament ends with “No more curse.”

NO MORE NIGHT. (Rev 22:5). Night reminds us of evil and sin. “For they that sleep, sleep in the night, and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate  of faith and love, and for an helmet the hope of Salvation.”(1Thess 5:7-8). The child of God has passed from the darkness into His Glorious light.

NO MORE SEA. (Rev 21:1). The sea speaks of restlessness and trouble. “But the wicked are like the troubled sea when it cannot rest whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace saith my God to the wicked.” (Isa 57:20-21).

BUT THE COMFORT OF HEAVEN IS THE “NO MORE’S” THERE.

3. THE CONTINUATION OF HEAVEN. Heaven continues because of it’s foundation. This is the city of twelve foundations whose builder and maker is God. The City is foursquare; fifteen hundred miles wide, fifteen hundred miles deep, fifteen hundred miles high, (Rev 21:16). The wealth of this world could not buy one of the gates to the city of God. The pearl reminds us of the sufferings of Christ and the price He paid for us at Calvary.

AMPLE WATER SUPPLY (Rev 22:1) Pure water, clear, free from any pollution. Just a drink of that refreshing water will add another billion years. But remember, time there is not measured in years, it is measured in forever and forever. And whosoever will let him take the water of life freely.”

AMPLE FOOD SUPPLY. (Rev 22:2) On either side of the river of life grows the tree of life.

AMPLE MEDICAL SUPPLY. (Rev 22:2) Down here the medical welfare is debated daily. The cost of medicine continues to rise, and the best medical facility has to fold it’s hands in defeat. But in Heaven; “Even so come Lord Jesus.”

AMPLE LIGHTING (Rev 21:23)”The Lamb is the light thereof.” Man has learned to build power plants for lighting. Man has built dams on great rivers in order to harness energy for lighting. But these fail and will fail.                      
4. THE CALL FROM HEAVEN. “And the Spirit and the bride say come, and let him that heareth say come, and let him that is athirst say come..”
The call from Heaven goes out to everyone. God is inviting YOU! Over 50 years ago I heard a Gospel invitation and I answered that call. I said YES to Christ. I received Him that day. He made my place in that City, when I answered the Gospel call. I hope to see you in Heaven, and I know that I will if you have received Christ. If you have not done that, tell Him now, in your own words that you receive Him, that you believe that He paid for your sin at Calvary.

CHILD OF GOD, LOOK UP WITH HOPE, PEACE, AND ASSURANCE. OUR HOME IS NOT HERE, BUT IN HEAVEN WITH CHRIST.
Psalm 75:6 says, “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.” Of course, that leaves NORTH. Our promotion comes from the NORTH. In Isa. 14:12-17 Satan led his rebellion against God in the sides of the NORTH. I believe that Heaven is NORTH. Sometimes on a starlit night, look there in the heavens, and behold that glory. Look beyond the NORTH STAR. That’s where our loved ones live. There, far beyond the reach of man, there, where satanic influences can never enter, there, at the Father’s Throne.  That’s where Jesus lives. That’s HOME! See you there!!!
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My dear friend, may I ask you if you have personally received The Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Saviour? If you have never done that, please consider these things just now…
ALL HAVE SINNED. That means me, and everyone else. All are sinners by birth, by choice, and by nature.

ALL NEED TO BE SAVED. The awful result of sin is eternal death in the lake of fire, (Rev. 20:15)

ALL ARE SAVED THE SAME Way There are not many ways. It is totally by Grace plus and minus nothing.

It is by receiving Christ. How do you receive Him? The best way is to tell Him that you receive Him He is there wherever you are. The Bible says “ASK, AND YE SHALL RECEIVE.”
He will hear the cry of the repentant heart.

 HOW BEAUTIFUL HEAVEN MUST BE
            By Pastor George Mills
“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.” (Rev 21:3).

‘Though the heathen ’round me rage,
    And doubters at me stare,
‘Tis in His Word from page to page,
    I shall behold the beauties there.

I shall see his Face in Glory,
   And behold that land, so fair,
Christ, who told the blessed story,
   Will guide me over there.

Gates of Pearl, walls of Jasper,
   And the street is paved with gold,
There the tree of life is growing,
   There, we never will grow old.

Sparkling jewels, towering Mansions,
   Why, one’s waiting just for me.
Although I never will deserve it,
   Yet Christ made it, ‘specially.

I shall see my friends and loved ones,
   Hand in hand we’ll stroll along.
There on Heaven’s shining pathways,
   There to sing sweet Heaven’s song.

One hand in the hand of Jesus,
   And with those gone on before,
There, forever in His presence,
   Home at last, forever more.

SHOWING YOUR FAITH

TEEN TALKS THAT MATTER By Ashley Stevens

SHOWING YOUR FAITH

In James 2:17 we are told that if we have faith without works, then our faith is dead. It is very easy to say that we have faith and believe in God, but only through our works can we prove that. We must live the way that Christ did and follow His example. There is a song from years back that exemplified this message;

“What you are speaks so loud that the world can’t hear what you say. They are looking at your walk, not listening to your talk;They’re judging from your actions every day.”

God isn’t saying that you have to start visiting the elderly or start handing out pamphlets or even go to a foreign land to show your works. I am not saying that this kind of ministry is not important, but demonstrating faith with works can begin right in your home, at your school, or on your job. A witness for faith means that you are showing others your faith in Jesus Christ, by walking each day with Him. Trusting in His Words to guide you, praying each day to be closer and more like Him, showing everyone that you have a tower of strength that comes only from believing in the Lord. This message was demonstrated by Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Superstar Tim Tebow when he told reporters, “I don’t want to be another guy who’s walking down the street. I want when people see me they say, “Hey, there’s something different about this guy and that’s because he has a relationship with Jesus Christ.”

Until next time, Ashley Stevens.

THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK

  TEEN TALKS THAT MATTER
                   By Ashley Stevens

        THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK

What would you do if you knew everything you said was being recorded? Would you think twice before you spoke? Would you think twice before you let the shameful and hurtful words slip out?
Dr. Deb Roy, a researcher and cognitive scientist in Massachusetts decided to record the first three years of his child’s life to learn how humans learn language. He and his wife collected over 200,000 hours of audio and video footage. What if Dr. Roy wanted to conduct his research project at your home? Would you participate if you knew that every single word you said would be recorded and then analyzed? What if he did analyze your words? Would he be surprised about how well behaved you were, and how Christ shines through you? Or would he be disappointed by your choice of words?
In James 1:19 it states, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” Be very careful when choosing words to come out of your mouth. God is listening to every word you are saying. Would He be disappointed? I sure hope not. We should not just say that we are Christians, but through our actions and our words everyone should know that we are believers in Christ. They should see Christ through us.

Until next time,                      Ashley Stevens

MOUNTAIN TOPS AND VALLEYS

FROM MY HEART
                  By Mildred Mills

    MOUNTAIN TOPS AND VALLEYS

There are mountain tops and there are valleys, but no middle ground for me! I can say that my times spent in the valleys have been very few and for this I am thankful. I am reminded that on both sides of the valley there are mountains and that is where I choose to be, on the mountain top. However, I find myself much closer and more in touch with the One who loved me and gave His life for me when I am down in the valley. I have to look up and trust Him more. He teaches us when we are in the valley to wait upon Him, to draw close to Him and to know that He is right there with us and in His time will allow us to get right back on the mountain top where we belong. We have become much stronger in the Lord because;   
             It’s In The Valley I Grow!

Sometimes life seems hard to bear,
   Full of sorrow, trouble and woe,
It’s then I have to remember,
   That it’s in the valleys I grow.

If I always stayed on the mountain top,
    And never experienced pain,
I would never appreciate God’s Love,
    And would be living in vain.

I have so much to learn,
    And my growth is very slow,
Sometimes I need the mountain tops,
But it’s in the valleys I grow.

I do not always understand,
    Why things happen as they do
But I am very sure of one thing,
    My Lord will see me through.

My little valleys are nothing,
    When I picture Christ on the Cross.
He went through the valley of death,
    His victory was Satan’s loss.

Forgive me Lord for complaining,
    When I’m Feeling so very low,
Just give me a gentle reminder,
    That’s it’s in the valleys I grow.

Continue to strengthen me, Lord,
    And use my life each day,
To share your love with others,
    And help them find their way.

Thank you for valleys, Lord,
    For this one thing I know,
The mountain tops are glorious,
    But it’s in the valleys I grow.

                    (Author Unknown)

Vol. 36, No. 9 THE WOMAN AT THE WELL

  Vol. 36, No. 9    September, 2012

       THE WOMAN AT THE WELL
              By Dr.  George Mills

  “And He must needs go through Samaria”
     (John 4:1-43).

Please take a few moments and read all of this text in John 4.  This text has been the inspiration for countless sermons, lessons, illustrations, and of course many Gospel Songs.
The last person Jesus interviewed was entirely different than this woman. The last person was a man; Nicodemus, by name. We do not know the name of this woman. The last person, Nicodemus was moral, this person is very immoral. The last person, Nicodemus was admired, This woman was despised. Very, very different indeed! The meeting place in this text is the village of Sychar, in the land of Samaria. The land, and people of Samaria were despised by the Jews. Why would Jesus waste His time on a woman of this stature?
This place became one of the most fruitful places in the ministry of our Lord Jesus. He sees far beyond the surface to the many and varied possibilities in each of us…

1. THE SINNER. In so many ways this woman is a picture of every one of us.

(A) She was a Samaritan. (V9). Samaritans werenot real Jews. These were transplants from other areas and placed there by their captors with the intent that the Jews would be so busy fighting with these “mis-fits” that they would not give the government much trouble. To a great extent it really worked. The Jews hated the Samaritans and the Samaritans hated the Jews. I have read somewhere that the Jews prayed; “God forbid that the sun go down and find me in the presence of a Samaritan.” Being a Samaritan, she was “Afar off.” The Jews had the Temple and worship, and priesthood. This woman would not be welcome there. She was “afar off.” But so is every person who does not know Christ. “We who were sometimes afar off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” We were without Christ, aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, strangers having no hope and without God in the world.” (Eph. 2:11-22)

(B). She was an outcast. V6 of our text says that she came to the well at noon for her water. The rest of the women of her village probably came to the well very early in the morning for water supply for the day. They certainly would not wait until the heat of the noon time to come for their supply of water. All this indicating that this woman was not in good standing with the village women. I am reminded that since Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden we ALL are outcasts from God’s society.

(C) She was condemned by the Law. Ex 20:14 says,“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” This woman confessed that she had five husbands and was at that time living with a man to whom she was not married. Oh yes, she has broken the Law, and was condemned by the Law. But the same thing can be said of every person who has ever been born, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” “Now preacher, I have never done the things she was guilty of.” We may not have done many things but the Bible still concludes that “ALL have sinned.” We are born sinners. That’s why we “Must be born again.”

(D) She was blind to the Person of Jesus Christ. She saw Him only as another Jew. Like so many who do not know Him see Him only as another good man or the founder of another religion, but He is so much more!

(E) She was evidently very religious. When Jesus began to reveal her to herself, she began to talk very “religious.” “Our fathers worshiped in this mountain.” The mountain she speaks of is Mount Gerizim. The  Samaritans had built a temple on Mount Gerizim, and had a copy of the Jewish Pentateuch, or the first five books of the Bible. They called this the Samaritan Pentateuch. It was very similar to the Jewish version, but the names and characters were changed to fit the Samaritans instead of the Jews. (Sorta like one of these new “versions” of today, they like to change things).

Now, please understand these things…

Some knowledge of the Scriptures will not save. It is clear that this woman had some scriptural knowledge.

She knew of the coming Messiah,(v25) This did not save her.

Being part of a “religious society” will not save you.

Being familiar with the letter of the Law, and not the Truth of the Law will not save. “Ye worship ye know not what.” “God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.

2. THE SAVIOUR. What a Wonderful
Saviour we serve…

(A) He went out of His way to go through Samaria. He could have taken another route. Many of the Jews on their journey would have crossed the Jordan river to keep from going through Samaria. “He must needs go through Samaria. There were people in Samaria who needed to be saved. The compelling, compassionate heart of Jesus caused Him to go through Samaria.(Read Phil 2:5-11) I praise His Holy Name that over 50 years ago, He came to where I was!

(B) The Saviour used tact as He dealt with the woman’s need. He did not condemn her, It is evident that she knew her condition.  He simply made her face her problem…SIN!!

(C). He used simple things to reach people. To the farmer, He spoke of seed, and the farmer understood Him. To the hungry He spoke about bread. To the seeker, He spoke about the door. To the traveler He spoke about the way. And to this thirsty woman He spoke about the Water Of Life, and she understood! Once long ago, I took a drink at the Well of life, and my spiritual thirst has been satisfied.

3. THE SALVATION.

AGAIN SHE WAS THIRSTY.
Her thirst was deeper than just a thirst for water. She evidently had tried many things in life seeking a quench for her thirst. Perhaps I am speaking to someone who has tried just about everything and nothing works. This Man Jesus is still on the job. He can calm your troubled spirit and quench your thirsty soul if you will but call upon Him today! He will hear your heart’s cry!

(A) SALVATION IS A FREE GIFT! (V10, v14) We simply, by Faith alone receive Salvation. This woman had nothing to offer…And so it is with every person. We are sinners, we have nothing to offer. The Water He offered was free! “The water that I shall give.”

(B) SALVATION IS IN A PERSON.
“I know that when Messias cometh, which is called Christ, when He is come, He will tell us all things. Jesus said unto her, I THAT SPEAK UNTO THEE AM HE.” v25-26.
Salvation is not in a religion, not in joining, not in baptism, not in changing, doing or trying. Salvation is in the Person of Jesus Christ who said, “I that speak to thee am He.”

(C) SALVATION IS FOR ALL PEOPLE. For the Jews, and for the Samaritans. “For WHOSOEVER shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Ro. 10:13).

(D) SALVATION PRODUCES A GREAT CHANGE. The woman’s view of Christ changed from, Him being a Jew,v9, to a Prophet, v19, to The Christ, v29. And so it is with everyone who will receive Christ. “If any man be in Christ He is a new creature.” We will see how this woman became that NEW CREATURE in Christ.

4. THE SOUL WINNER.

V28 says the woman left her waterpot and went into the city and began her witness. Leaving her waterpot pictures her leaving her burden with Jesus. Why would she need a waterpot, she has found the Well!. “Come see a man who told me all things I ever did. Is not this the Christ.” (v29).

She unashamedly testified for Christ, a Jew, whom before she despised.

Now, the disciples were busy doing good things, (v8) but Jesus was busy doing the best thing. Jesus said to His disciples, “Say not ye there are yet four months, and then cometh the harvest? Behold I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, for they are white already unto harvest.” Jesus pointed to the crowd she was bringing from her village.”Here comes the harvest!” Jesus sowed the seed, the woman believed, she went into her village, sowed the seed, and brought many to Christ, (v39-41).
In just a few months from this time, Christ will pay the supreme sacrifice for sin by His death on the cross. He will rise from the dead and will give His Great commission, “Ye shall be witnesses unto me, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and IN SAMARIA, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).In Acts 8:1-9, 8:14, 8:25, 9:31, the Gospel of The GRACE of God was preached in Samaria and a harvest of souls was brought to Christ.
I can see no other human reason for such an open door at Samaria than to believe this can all be traced to this conversation at a well  between this woman and Jesus at noon some months before. Her testimony was still ringing, “Come see a man who told me all things I ever did. Is not this the Christ?”
Are we busy doing this very same thing? I hope so. May God bless us as we, together, try to get the Gospel of Grace to as many as we can, while we can. I do sincerely trust that you understand who Christ is, and what you must do with Him. Have you received Him? If not, why not today, now, in this present hour tell Him that you believe in His sacrificial death on the cross for your sin, that He was buried, and that he arose from the dead to be your personal Saviour. He will hear the cry of your heart. Begin TODAY to live FOREVER!

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“HOW BEAUTIFUL  UPON THE MOUNTAINS ARE THE FEET OF HIM THAT BRINGETH GOOD TIDINGS, THAT PUBLISHETH PEACE, THAT BRINGETH TIDINGS OF GOOD, THAT PUBLISHETH SALVATION, THAT SAITH UNTO ZION, THY GOD REIGNETH.”(Isa 52:7).
Let us faithfully stand upon our mountain. Let us PUBLISH the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ to all nations.

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AND THE WORLD IS A WILDERNESS…It is no friend to the Christian, and the world is no friend to your Bible. This Ministry does not defend the Bible (KJB) for it needs no defense. It stands upon it’s own record. If it was true yesterday, then it is true today, and tomorrow, and the ages to come.

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       I AM NOT WHAT I USED TO BE
                By Pastor George Mills

“Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold all things are become new.” (2Cor. 5:17).

I am not what I used to be,
    Condemned by sin’s great penalty.
Now free to be what I can be,
Free because of Calvary,
    In Christ I’m not what I used to be.

I am not what I should be,
    Winning every victory.
Bringing the lost so they can know,
The Love of Christ in Calvary’s flow,
    That’s just what I should be.

I am not what I want to be,
    I want my Lord to have the best of me.
I want to help bring the harvest in,
To rescue lives from the power of sin,
    That’s what I want to be.

I am not what I am going to be,
    When I am clothed with immortality.
To live in a place prepared for me,
To live in that land of purity,
    That’s just what I am going to be.

Until then each day I’ll be,
    Everything God intended for me.
Busy doing what I can,
To share the news with every man,
    Thank God I’m not what I used to be.

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AND THE WORLD IS A WILDERNESS..It is no friend to the Christian. The world crucified the only perfect One who ever lived, and the world seeks to crucify the ones who choose to follow Christ. Trusting the world’s wisdom will lead to defeat. Trusting God’s Word, (KJB) will cause us to be “More than conquerors through Him that loved us.” (Ro. 8:37).

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WANDERING THROUGH THIS WILDERNESS…  By Pastor Mills
Sometime ago a Christian man came to me and asked me for a loan of some money. He went on to tell me of his plight. He said that he had fallen far behind in his monthly payments, utilities, credit cards, etc. He further stated that “He, wrote and sent checks to all of his creditors.” He knew that he did not have the money to cover these checks in his account, so he said; “BY FAITH” he wrote the checks, mailed them, and now he has canceled checks, marked “Not Sufficient Funds” all over town and he has to have money to cover all this expense. I told him that his action was NOT by faith, but by FOOLISHNESS. I think that he must have been listening to one of these preachers who told him that “all that he had to do was to speak to his check book and it would obey him. All of this HEALTH and WEALTH preaching sounds good, but it does not measure up to sound Bible doctrine. There are no short cuts to wealth and prosperity. I have never in all of my years of Bible study found this doctrine of so called “Debt Cancellation.”  Stop looking for an easy way out. Stay out of debt in the first place. The borrower is servant to the lender. If you do have debts, pay them as you agreed to do when you made the debt. God is honored and glorified when we fulfill that which we have obligated ourselves for. Becoming a Christian is NOT like winning a “Christian Lottery.” Do I believe in Miracles? Of course I do, I am one. I do not believe in foolishness, and that which is not based on sound Bible doctrine. There are many money schemes, get rich quick schemes, etc. Many“pyramid schemes” and e-mail schemes from Nigeria from some “rich widow”who wants to share her wealth with you. Be careful about investing your money in these Tel-evangelist “ministries” that have learned to squander millions every year from innocent people. I have been saved over 50 years. I have never missed a meal, never been without a place to sleep. If God chooses to make one rich., so be it, and thank God for it. NO, I did not loan any money to the man who asked me. He can’t pay his bills, so that would mean the lender would be servant to the borrower!

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               FROM MY HEART
                  By Mildred Mills

    MOUNTAIN TOPS AND VALLEYS

There are mountain tops and there are valleys, but no middle ground for me! I can say that my times spent in the valleys have been very few and for this I am thankful. I am reminded that on both sides of the valley there are mountains and that is where I choose to be, on the mountain top. However, I find myself much closer and more in touch with the One who loved me and gave His life for me when I am down in the valley. I have to look up and trust Him more. He teaches us when we are in the valley to wait upon Him, to draw close to Him and to know that He is right there with us and in His time will allow us to get right back on the mountain top where we belong. We have become much stronger in the Lord because;   
             It’s In The Valley I Grow!

Sometimes life seems hard to bear,
   Full of sorrow, trouble and woe,
It’s then I have to remember,
   That it’s in the valleys I grow.

If I always stayed on the mountain top,
    And never experienced pain,
I would never appreciate God’s Love,
    And would be living in vain.

I have so much to learn,
    And my growth is very slow,
Sometimes I need the mountain tops,
But it’s in the valleys I grow.

I do not always understand,
    Why things happen as they do
But I am very sure of one thing,
    My Lord will see me through.

My little valleys are nothing,
    When I picture Christ on the Cross.
He went through the valley of death,
    His victory was Satan’s loss.

Forgive me Lord for complaining,
    When I’m Feeling so very low,
Just give me a gentle reminder,
    That’s it’s in the valleys I grow.

Continue to strengthen me, Lord,
    And use my life each day,
To share your love with others,
    And help them find their way.

Thank you for valleys, Lord,
    For this one thing I know,
The mountain tops are glorious,
    But it’s in the valleys I grow.

                    (Author Unknown)

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WANDERING THROUGH THE WILDERNESS….Answers to questions…
From time to time we do take the time to answer some questions that seem to trouble many..

Question…”Why do Christians get sick? Does this mean I have sin in my life?”

Ans…I do not have the answer for every situation. I have prayed for many, many believers who were sick. Some got better, and others went home to be with the Lord. I believe everything the Bible says about the power of prayer concerning sickness.  I have asked “Why” many times..

Being saved does not mean that you will never get sick again. Salvation is not a “cure-all” as far as illness is concerned. We ALL get sick and we ALL will die unless Jesus returns before that time. This body we live in is frail and corruptible. We live in a world that is filled with disease, germs, etc.

“If I get sick, does that mean I have lost my Salvation?”

Of course not! In Salvation we have Eternal, Everlasting life. That’s what the Bible says. Everlasting, meaning the length, and Eternal meaning the quality, The preaching and teaching of some would leave you with the idea that you lost out, BUT NOT SO! Read John 3:16, John 3:36, John 5:24, John 6:37, John 10:27-30.

“Why are some Christians sick?”

Many, many born again Christians have lived in a sickly body for years. There are many unkind accusers who try to tell them they have sin in their lives. Consider these few of many things we could discuss here..

Some Christians are sick because of natural birth defects inherited from parents who inherited from their parents, etc. A heart condition, or a blood condition , or a liver condition may be genetic.

Some Christians are sick because of natural causes. Again, we live in a sin cursed world filled with diseases. Measles, Chicken Pox, and thousands more. Christians do get sick from time to time.

Some Christians get sick because of lousy eating habits….Need I say more?

“Should a Christian go to a Doctor?”

Of course! I believe that you should see your Doctor in illness, and See your Doctor for regular check-ups. You should follow his orders. You would not be acting in unbelief, you would be using common sense. Christians live in a body that has NOT been redeemed. This body is weak and subject to sickness, death and corruption. We still live in a polluted world. One day Christians will  have a body just like Jesus.
I believe that all healing is Divine healing. If we get healed from some sickness, it is because God in His Grace did that for us. I do not believe in these “divine healers” or “faith healers.” The airways are filled with religious charlatans, tricksters, and money grabbers who rob innocent people who believe their ‘gospel.” I believe that the prayer of faith can save the sick, If God wills one to be healed, (James 5:15, James 4:14-15).All Fundamental Bible Believing people believe in the power of prayer and pray for loved ones who are sick.

“They that are whole need not a physician but they that are sick.” (Lk. 5:31).

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        TEEN TALKS THAT MATTER
                   By Ashley Stevens

        THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK

What would you do if you knew everything you said was being recorded? Would you think twice before you spoke? Would you think twice before you let the shameful and hurtful words slip out?
Dr. Deb Roy, a researcher and cognitive scientist in Massachusetts decided to record the first three years of his child’s life to learn how humans learn language. He and his wife collected over 200,000 hours of audio and video footage. What if Dr. Roy wanted to conduct his research project at your home? Would you participate if you knew that every single word you said would be recorded and then analyzed? What if he did analyze your words? Would he be surprised about how well behaved you were, and how Christ shines through you? Or would he be disappointed by your choice of words?
In James 1:19 it states, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” Be very careful when choosing words to come out of your mouth. God is listening to every word you are saying. Would He be disappointed? I sure hope not. We should not just say that we are Christians, but through our actions and our words everyone should know that we are believers in Christ. They should see Christ through us.

Until next time,                      Ashley Stevens

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The Bible (KJB) is our authority. The Bible teaches us who we are, where we came from, where we are going,, and how to get there. We are interested in man’s opinion to a certain degree, but where man’s opinion disagrees with God’s Word, then man’s opinion is futile. False doctrine abounds today all because of man’s opinion. Let us hold fast to the great words of the Psalmist who stated, “Forever O Lord, thy Word is settled in Heaven.” (Psa. 119:89)

                                                 Amen!!

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               BEHOLD THE LAMB
               By Pastor George Mills

“Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29).

The great theme of the Old Testament is found in the question, “WHERE IS THE LAMB?” (Gen 22:7). The great theme of the New Testament is the answer to that question; “BEHOLD THE LAMB.” John the Baptist pointed to our Lord Jesus Christ and made that great statement, “Behold the Lamb.” Let me share with you three brief points as we BEHOLD THE LAMB today…

1. BEHOLD THE DANGER…SIN. BEHOLD,  means “TO LOOK, to GAZE upon.”When you say SIN it has the hiss of a serpent. Just what is sin? We have discussed this so many many times. How do we define SIN? If you ask that question on the street you will get a different answer from everyone. Some will major on just one thing and say “That’s sin.” Others will say “there is no such thing as sin.” Others will say that sin is anything you get caught in.” “Drinking, stealing
robbing, cheating adultery, lying, etc.” Notice that John said “SIN,” singular and not sins, plural. Sin is our birthright. Sin is the natural condition of all men. We are born sinners. Sin is the one thing that will send the soul to hell. Sin is the reason why “We must be born again.” (John 3:1-7). Jesus said that when the Holy Spirit is come, He will reprove the world of SIN and of RIGHTEOUSNESS and of JUDGMENT.” “Of SIN because they believe NOT on me.” So SIN is the natural state or condition in which we were born. UNBELIEF is the SIN that will cause a man to spend eternity lost and without God. Jesus came to pay the penalty of SIN and to bear all the judgment of SIN. It all started in the Garden of Eden, and through the natural birth process passed on to every man. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Ro. 3:23). If you do not know Christ in free pardon of all SIN, BEHOLD THE DANGER. Christ opened the way to God.

2. BEHOLD THE DIRECTION, LOOK! In order to cure the sin problem of the world mankind looks in many directions. God’s answer is to “BEHOLD THE LAMB.” In John 3:14-16 Jesus said, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up.”  This refers to the Book of Numbers 21:6-9. Because of Israel’s unbelief and desire to turn back to Egypt, God sent serpents into the camp. Many were dying because of the serpents. Moses prayed for the people. God told Moses to make a serpent of brass and lift that brazen serpent high so that all can see it. Whosoever was bitten by a serpent all that he had to do was to LOOK, to BEHOLD that brazen serpent and he would not die. The only cure was a simple LOOK! I do not know how many Israelites died because they did not look upon God’s only remedy. God’s ONLY remedy for sin is a SIMPLE DIRECTION, LOOK, BEHOLD THE LAMB. My friend, look in no other direction. Jesus Christ alone, His Birth, His Life, His Death, and His Resurrection is God’s only cure for sin.

3. BEHOLD THE DELIVERANCE. SIN TAKEN AWAY! Christ does not cover sin, He takes sin away. In the Old Testament, the sacrifices did nothing with sin, they only cover sin until the next day of atonement. As a believer in Christ, our sin is forever gone! Never to be remembered again! Christ took care of our sin problem by His finished work. When we accept that fact, by faith alone, we are born again, our sin is gone! All of the sin of all the world was placed on Christ. He paid the sin debt. HALLELUJAH, WHAT A SAVIOUR!. Now, you can do one of only two things,
A). Receive Christ as your Saviour.
B). REJECT HIM. To receive Him is life, to reject Him is death, don’t take that route, eternity lasts too long!
GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU MAKE THAT DECISION TO “BEHOLD THE LAMB!

Receive Him today, He always hears the cry of the repentant heart. I praise God anew today for the day in my life when He DELIVERED me from the PENALTY, the POWER, and one day from the very PRESENCE of that one word, “SIN!”

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            THE SAVIOUR’S TOUCH
              By Pastor George Mills

“And Jesus put forth His hand and touched him saying, I will, be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” (Mt. 8:3).

We often speak of “Touching Him,” or “Touching the hem of His garment.” This, we all want to do! It will be worth it all when at last our faith will be sight, and we can bow before Him, and literally TOUCH HIM. What a day that will be! I am still grateful for the fact that He touched me! Yes, many times I have felt His Loving touch, just when I needed it..
AND THE WORLD IS A WILDERNESS…it is no friend to the Christian. As we wander through this WILDERNESS, His touch is ever near. In Bible times, if anyone touched a leper, he, himself would become unclean, like the leper in Mt. 8:3. Christ touched that poor leper identifying Himself with the man. Later, on His cross, Christ was identified with our uncleanness. All of our sin was placed upon Him, and his Righteousness is placed upon all who claim Him as Saviour. Yes, we can touch Him now, by faith at His Cross.

THINK ABOUT IT…Heaven touched earth one day, and earth touched Heaven one day when our ways met…AT CALVARY!

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THANKS TO ALL WHO PRAY FOR THIS MINISTRY. PRAY THAT WE MAY TOUCH LIVES EVERYWHERE WITH THE GOSPEL!