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Crossing the Line part 3
Schumacher, the Church historian, researched the lives of the apostles and recounted the history of their martyrdoms.
Reference: Jeffrey, Grant R., "The Signature of God", Frontier Research Publications, Inc. (1996), p.254-257
Back in verse 32 when Jesus said, “Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers!” The meaning behind the little phrase, “Fill up the measure” was "the full amount, so as to make it complete." That is the full measure He is referring to: His own crucifixion! He was saying in essence; “Go ahead and kill Me now. By slaying Me, you will fill up what is lacking of the iniquity of your fathers. Until the measure is full, until the national iniquity is complete, until as much has been committed as God can possibly bear, then shall come upon you all this blood, and you shall be destroyed.”
Let’s bring this down to something we can relate to. For the Pharisees to disavow any association with those who killed the prophets by saying, "If we would have been alive we would never have been a part of that!" is very much like religious people today who claim that they would never have had a part in crucifying Jesus if they had lived during his time. But it’s more than that: it’s disavowing any association with those who did crucify Christ, while refusing to live for Him today when given the chance. And their refusal to live for Him is the same as crucifying Him.
Do you see what Jesus was saying to the Pharisees? He was saying, "If it’s true that you would never have done what they did to the prophets, then prove it by turning your life around today and live for Me. Prove to Me that you actually love Me by surrendering your life to Me." Their refusal to acknowledge their need for the Savior is what was keeping others in darkness.
Today we have millions of people who are religious; they even go to churches that preach that Jesus is the Messiah. But they refuse to surrender their lives to Him. Subsequently, they keep all of their acquaintances in the dark. They are white washed tombs full of dead men’s bones.
Medication: A Merry Heart
Interviewer: “Tell me Miss Cromwell, if you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?”
Miss Cromwell: “Ummm, well, The living one, of course”
God Bless, Press On! Pastor Brad www.wcamn.orgwww.stmarksjanesville.org New Beginnings Church, New Ulm Verse of the Week: Isaiah 26:3 CSB Today’s readings: 2 Chronicles 6 – 7 & Psalm 136