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This is an excellent blog post by speaker and author Joel Rosenberg (Epicenter; The Last Jihad) explaining the meaning behind the Passover and how it relates to the mysterious prophecy about the “suffering servant” of Isaiah 53. There’s also a free book offer and a video of Joel talking about his spiritual journey in life. Check it out!

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>> In case you missed it: a video of me speaking at a recent conference, explaining my spiritual journey and how I didn’t discover I was Jewish until I was in the fifth grade!

Lynn and I and our boys had a wonderful time hosting a Passover seder last night. It was a very full house — 52 people! We’d never done a sit down dinner for that many, much less a seder for that many, but it was a great time, with ages ranging from toddlers to seniors, and fun mix of people, including Jews, Iranians, South Koreans, Italians, and many others.

One of my favorite elements of the evening was retelling the story of the original Passover, when Jews living in slavery had to sacrifice a perfect lamb and put the blood of that lamb on the doorposts of their home. If they did this in faith, in accordance to the word of the Lord which came through the…

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The Apostle Paul

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”  ~ I Timothy 1:15

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The Apostle Paul, a Hebrew and former Pharisee from the tribe of Benjamin, wrote these words testifying to His belief that Jesus Christ is the Messiah who came into the world to save sinners.  Paul also called himself the “chief of sinners.”  He is not alone in this regard.

We are all sinners in need of a Savior.  However, some people don’t think this applies to them.  They think that this label is only reserved for the wretched of society such as murderers, thieves, child molesters, etc.  But God, Himself, tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

God is the one who sets the standard for what is considered sin.  Basically anything that goes against His commandments put forth in the Bible is sin.  He tells us not to lie – so if we’ve ever told a lie, then we are sinners.   He tells us not to steal – so if we’ve ever taken anything that doesn’t belong to us, even something seemingly insignificant like a pen or pencil from our jobs, then we are sinners.  He tells us not to commit fornication or adultery.  He even goes as far as to say that “whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28) So if we’ve lusted in our hearts, then we are sinners.  The list goes on and on.

God’s ways are not our ways.  (Isaiah 55:8)  His standards of holiness are so much higher than ours — so high that it is impossible for us to ever achieve true holiness.  This is why He sent a Savior into the world to die for our sins.  Just as the Israelites had to put the blood of lambs on their doorposts in order for the Lord to pass over them and not cause death in their houses, we need the atoning blood of the sacrificial Lamb of God (Jesus Christ) on the doorposts of our hearts, so that our sins will be forgiven and so that eternal death will pass over us.  (Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you … ~ Exodus 12:13)

Romans 10:9 says “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

We may not be the “chief of sinners” as Paul claimed to be, but we all need to have our sins forgiven.   If you haven’t accepted the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, won’t you consider doing what Romans 10:9 says above?  If you’re not totally convinced of this message, please study the Bible to prove for yourself whether or not these things are true.  A suggested place to start would be with the Gospel of John.  Be blessed!

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