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6. Blood Of The Lamb
19. Innocence Of Jesus Christ
20. Lamb Of God
36. Suffering Of Jesus Christ
11. Earthquake Easter Morning

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6 Blood of the Lamb

This is _______________ and during this Meditation Moment, let's talk about blood.

Some theologians would like to take the blood of Jesus Christ out of Christian worship. These same people take the blood out of the Bible by totally ignoring it in their teaching and preaching. But there really is power in the blood of Jesus. He was born to die on the cross as our sin sacrifice -- so we won't have to pay the death penalty for our sin.

This means that if you take the Blood out of the hymnal, and out of the sermons, and out of the instruction we provide our children, you are removing the source of power from the plan of salvation. Without the Blood, worship become meaningless liturgy. Praise becomes empty noise. And the Bible becomes nothing but a set of cunningly-devised fables.

You see, when Jesus died on the cross as the Lamb of God, He paid the death penalty for your sin. If you accept His sacrifice, you get eternal life instead of eternal damnation. Now that's pretty powerful stuff!

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11 Earthquake Easter Morning

This is ____________________ and during this Meditation Moment, let's talk about the earthquake when Jesus rose from the dead.

In his story of the resurrection, Matthew tells us that there was a violent earthquake when the angel rolled the stone away from the mouth of the tomb. Did you ever wonder what might have caused that earthquake? Surely the size and weight of the stone weren't so great that it caused the ground to shake. It that were true, there would have been an equal earthquake when the soldiers rolled the stone into place when Jesus was buried Friday night.

In his books about angels and demons, Frank Paretti describes continual warfare between these supernatural beings, complete with hand-to-hand combat and flashing swords. The morning of the resurrection was the last chance Satan and his demons would have to destroy God's plan of salvation for you and me. If Jesus could be kept in the tomb, the glory of the resurrection would be deflated. In my mind's eye, I see a mass of dark demons gathering at the mouth of the tomb. But I see a shining angel at the mouth of the tomb, also. And then, in a mighty clash of supernatural energies, that single angel mows down the demons and rolls back the stone, so Jesus could emerge victorious.

A battle like that would be enough to cause a violent earthquake, don't you think? Of course, it was no real contest. After all, John tells us in Revelation that a single angel will chain Satan and lock him up for a thousand years. If one angel can do that to Satan, just think what an angel could do to mere demons.

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19 Innocence of Jesus Christ

This is ___________________________ and during this Meditation Moment, let's talk how the innocence of Jesus Christ at His trial.

We hear a lot about how the trial of Jesus before Pilate was a farce. Of course it was a farce. The primary purpose for Jesus coming to earth in the first place was so He could die as the supreme sin sacrifice for the whole world. If Pilate had freed Jesus and crucified Barabbas, Jesus would have had to die in some other way for the sins of the human race.

In fact, part of God's plan of salvation was for Jesus to be executed by the Romans because their death on the cross caused the shedding of blood. If the Jews had executed Jesus, they would have stoned Him to death. Concussions to the head could have killed Him without the shedding of any blood.

We should thank Jesus daily for allowing Himself to be subjected to the Roman cross so we may have eternal life.

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20 Lamb of God

This is _______________ and during this Meditation Moment, let's talk about the worthiness of the Lamb of God.

The fifth chapter of Revelation is my favorite chapter in the entire Bible. The scene is the throne room of Heaven and God is on the throne. But when it comes time to open the scroll which contains the names of all those who have been saved from their sins down through the centuries, no one can be found who is worthy. Suddenly a shout goes up. The Lamb of God! He is worthy! He is worthy because He died on the cross as the supreme, absolute once-and-for-all sacrifice for sin.

Everyone in the Old Testament era who had faith to believe that the shed blood of animals could forgive sins had that faith rewarded when the true Lamb was sacrificed. And everyone since that time who has believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal Savior has been covered by the Lamb's flowing blood, also.

Behold the Lamb of God who died for the sins of the world. He indeed is worthy.

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36 Suffering of Jesus Christ

This is _________________ and during this Meditation Moment, let's talk how the true suffering of Jesus Christ

Most Good Friday sermons I've heard place a major emphasis on the suffering of Jesus Christ on the cross. And it's true that He did suffer horribly. Although He was the Son of God, He was the Son of Man, also. This means that the whip, the thorns, and the nails were as painful for Him as they would be for you and me under the same circumstances. His central nervous system was identical to ours and His nerve endings worked just like ours work.

Doctor Luke tells us that while Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before He died, He sweat blood in anticipation of the agony He faced the next morning. But it wasn't the physical pain He was thinking about. Not the whip, not the thorns, not even the nails without benefit of anesthesia. After all, many martyrs since the crucifixion have suffered far more horrible physical deaths than what Jesus experienced on the cross.

The see, the true agony of the cross was spiritual, not physical. At the point of His death, He accepted on His head the accumulated guilt of the entire human race, from the creation to the rapture. The guilt for your sins and mine is what really caused Jesus to sweat blood while He prayed "not my will but thine be done" in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before He died.

 

History of Meditation Moments

Meditation Moments were first written in the early 1970s while I was working as a part-time DJ at WPGM AM-FM Stereo in Danville, Pa. Larry Souder, General Manager, wanted some inspirational fill a couple times an hour during music blocks. I started writing Meditation Moments on the job, in my spare time.

During the 1980s, Meditation Moments were revised and expanded for use on what was then my syndicated Gospel Caravan and Something Beautiful programs. They were further revised and polished in 1996 and 1997 for use on the live version of Gospel Caravan on WVMM Grantham, PA. When I retired Gospel Caravan in May 1997, Meditation Moments were published and distributed on the Web through GEL Services. G. Edwin Lint, Author.

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Meditation Moments carry a copyright: © 1996, 1997 G. Edwin Lint. However, this should not deter you from freely using Meditation Moments on the air or in your publications, subject to these limitations:

1. Meditation Moments, or any product containing them will not be sold, or will not be distributed for a consideration without the expressed, written permission of the copyright owner.

2. All uses in print, beyond "fair use" quotations, will carry the following notation at least once in the document:

© 1996, 1997 G. Edwin Lint
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