Day 29: Dial a phone number at random and read this script with a deep South accent
You know, without Christ, without Jesus, we have no hope. Why? Well because we know that the standard of God’s righteousness is Law, a law of the 10 commandments, a law of statutes and judgments. And which God gave unto Moses on Sinai, saying “This is thy righteousness, oh Israel.” But you know, God also gave another law. A law revolving around a system of shredding a poor and innocent lamb’s blood so that all who would break the law of God, who would seek God for forgiveness and pardon had to bring a lamb, something innocent, and slay it—although, Israel themselves never really knew the real meaning of this. Nonetheless, they were commanded to do it. Also, there were other sacrifices, such as: Turtledoves, goats, oxen, red heifers.
But, it was a very sophisticated and very prolific type system of worship. Of course, God had to give these people their own country. He had to give them blessings and things, to be able to perform these rituals. And naturally of course, having to slay a lamb for your sins or such sacrifices, it would definitely keep a man on guard, not to sin too much, because otherwise he could lose the livestock pretty quick, couldn’t he? Well anyway, (thanks be unto God) from as far back as Deuteronomy 32, all the way through Malachi, there has been other writings, writings of the prophets. Writings who do not usurp the authority of Moses, but actually exalt the Law of Moses. But yet there is an additional testimony. For the same God of Heaven—who is rich in mercy—has not only given to men a law, but also a way of escape, for those repentant souls who might fall short of the glory of God’s law. Which some scholars will agree, that the glory of God’s law is that in its divine precept of his own character. God’s character is revealed in the law. Now, Christ is the only hope for a world that sins. Now, how do we know? Well—the prophets—have prophesied? But what if we’re not familiar with the prophets? Well, were the Jews familiar with the prophets when the word-of-God was made flesh? When Mary, the Virgin, had a baby boy, did everyone believe, that she was really a virgin when Christ was conceived? If we search the scriptures, we’ll find in certain arguments the Pharisees confronted Christ—and said to him, “We be not sons born of fornication.” So obviously, not everyone believed that he was a child of virgin birth! If they hadn’t looked back to Isaiah Chapter 8, and learned the mystery of Emmanuel—that a virgin would conceive and bear a son—then they might not really put too much aaahm… consistency into the fact that Christ at that day claimed to be born of a virgin. I mean, if Isaiah the prophet was a false prophet, well then naturally they would conclude that anyone claiming to have these things fulfilled would be false, too.
But of course, Christ, he did something much more, than to just fulfill prophecy. He did miracles. Miracles of mercy, such as: healing the sick, feeding the hungry, raising the dead. And if we study we’ll see that “Matthew, Mark, Luke and John” gives us in somewhat, a full view of the oppositions, and also, the confidements, that he had in doing these miracles. He gathered many unto him though the means of these miracles.
But sad to say, even though he had done so many miracles, scriptures says, that when it came right down to it, they didn’t believe him. It’s amazing that even his own disciples forsook him—except Mary Magdaline. She stayed with him to the end, didn’t she? Last to leave the cross, first to leave the sepulcher. Now, we need to sit here and we need to ask the question, “How come the men of that generation didn’t believe in Christ?”
In Matthew 23, Christ had to say to the Jews “Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem.” How often I would have gathered you, but you would not. Why? He tells them that they have forsaken the prophets. “Thou that killest the prophets,” how often I would have gathered you. How does the subject of ‘gathering Israel’ and ‘the prophets’ combine together? He tells them that their houses, their temple, is left to them to desolate.
And that in Matthew 24, as Christ said on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him to ask him, concerning these things. What should be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world? Well, Christ begins to tell them, let to man deceive you, “For many shall come in my name saying I am Christ and shall deceive many.”