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Emmaus Road - Part 6

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Salvation Message


   When Jesus was talking to the Pharisee, Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, He told Him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3) The sons of Korah confirmed this message in saying, "The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwelling places of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. I shall mention Rahab and Babylon among those who know Me; behold, Philistia and Tyre with Ethiopia: 'This one was born there.'" But of Zion it shall be said, 'This one and that one were born in her;' and the Most High Himself will establish her. The LORD will count when He registers the peoples, 'This one was born there.'" (Psalm 87: 2 - 6) The psalmist here was saying that those of other nations, not necessarily from Israel will be born again in the city of God, Zion. This is a scripture that Nicodemus should have known. "These people were born in foreign countries so what this psalm means is that these foreign nationals were born again. When they came to faith in God, God viewed them as being born in Zion." [Unit 7 BE 109 Notes, 5]

    Jesus once said, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotton Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16) David confirmed Jesus' words. "You who fear the LORD, praise Him; all you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, and stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel. For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted... All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will worship before You. For the kingdom is the LORD'S and He rules over the nations. All the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship, all those who go down to the dust will bow before Him, even he who cannot keep his soul alive." (Psalm 22:23, 27-29)   Let me repeat those words, "Even those who go to the dust will bow before Him." In other words, there is a life to come after this life.

    Jesus also said, "But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: 'I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB?' He is not the God of the dead but of the living." (Matthew 22:31-32; Exodus 3:6)

     The prophet Isaiah rightly prophecied that, "He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities. The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.  All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the booty with the strong; because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors." (Isaiah 53: 5, 6, 10-12)
      
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