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The Book of Matthew Lesson 4 2Q 2016

“Get Up and Walk!” Faith and Healing

I received this email from an online listener in Canada:

Bedtime again, and I've got the computer tuned to your "station", to the Bible study

discussions. I'll turn it on, crawl into bed, and be asleep within 10 minutes. You might interpret

that as an insult, as a suggestion that your discussions are boring or soporific in nature - but no. It is such a comfort to know that God is not standing by waiting to record every misdeed, every selfish thought.

I grew up imagining myself in that famous art piece: the ten commandments looming over the scene, God judging me, Jesus standing beside me - but how could he stand beside me when I'd betrayed him so many times?

Your totally sensible message that God is the Great Physician, anxious to heal me, anxious to pick me up when I fall, anxious to change my mindset so that I will turn from loving self to loving others, is such a comforting message. I need not fear the judgment day anymore than I need to fear going to an earthly physician.

Having fallen asleep within 10 minutes, I often awaken at 3 or 4 a.m. and retune the discussion, sometimes doing that several times during the night, until by morning I stay awake listening to the whole wonderfully healing and encouraging message.

Not only do the discussions encourage me, but now I read the Bible and the little red books with a totally different mindset.

So, thank you for your ministry (and thank you to those who make it possible) - and for the restful sleeps I now enjoy.

Good night and God bless!

SABBATH

Read first paragraph, “If you made a list…” Have any of you struggled with the fear of death? If you

have it means—you are human: Heb 2:14,15:

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

Come And Reason Ministries 1 PO Box 28266, Chattanooga, TN 37424 comeandreason.com topics@comeandreason.com How does the death of Christ free us who are held in the slavery of the fear of death?

Did you know that the fear of death is what triggered the entire religion of Buddhism?

• Buddha left the confines of his

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How did Buddha deal with his fear of death?

• Buddha dealt with this fear of death by Eastern Meditation, seeking to avoid the fear by looking inward, causing an altered state of brain function of suppressed left cortex function, which allows one to enter a state of disconnect with reality. But, does such meditation actually change the condition which causes death?

Did Jesus also face the fear of death? When?

Then he [Jesus] said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” MT 26:38,39 What did Jesus do when He faced death? Did He turn inward to an emptying meditation allowing Him to avoid reality and experience a false comfort?

No—Jesus realized why humanity faced death—why? Why does humanity face death?

Because it is out of harmony with the law—protocols—upon which life is constructed. Life is built to operate upon other centered love, beneficence and giving. Sin is violation of this design, it is fear and selfishness, and breaks the circle of life, resulting in death.

Humanity is in a terminal condition—dead in trespass and sin. So, what Christ faced was something entirely different than any human being ever. Every human being before Christ had only the infection of fear and selfishness with a character warped. But Jesus had a different choice, what was Jesus’ choice?

He had three options 1. accept Satan which He would never do, but it was an option. 2. Abandon humanity to its fate—eternal death—and return to heaven, or 3. Cure the condition, fix what was wrong in the nature and character of humankind and thereby provide the remedy to all who would accept it.

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But how—how would Christ be able to provide a remedy? He had to partake of the condition and destroy the death-causing infection and develop a perfect, sinless human character. The only way to accomplish this was to face death, and rather than avoid the fear of it through meditation as Buddha had done, to overcome it with love!

When did Christ face this battle to surrender in love or act to save self? His first battle was in the desert when he was tempted to act in self interest, use divine power make bread for himself (sensualism), brag or show off (egotism), or seek advancement for himself (materialism).

But the ultimate battle came where?

In Gethsemane, listen to this description from the Desire of Ages:

The disciples awakened at the voice of Jesus, but they hardly knew Him, His face was so changed by anguish…{DA 689.2} Again the Son of God was seized with superhuman agony, and fainting and exhausted, He staggered back to the place of His former struggle. His suffering was even greater than before.





As the agony of soul came upon Him, "His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground."… {DA 689.3} … Jesus sought again His retreat, and fell prostrate, overcome by the horror of a great darkness. The humanity of the Son of God trembled in that trying hour. [Why is this significant? Because He was forging a new humanity, destroying the infection of fear and selfishness and restoring God’s character/law of love] He prayed not now for His disciples that their faith might not fail, but for His own tempted, agonized soul. The awful moment had come--that moment which was to decide the destiny of the world. The fate of humanity trembled in the balance. [What was the choice that made the fate of humanity hang in the balance?] Christ might even now refuse to drink the cup apportioned to guilty man. It was not yet too late. He might wipe the bloody sweat from His brow, and leave man to perish in his iniquity. He might say, Let the transgressor receive the penalty of his sin, and I will go back to My Father. [What is the penalty of sin? Notice not the punishment of God, this is quite significant. It is the penalty that sin brings, which is transgressing God’s design law. It would be like saying someone who refuses to drink receives the penalty of dehydration and eventual death] Will the Son of God drink the bitter cup of humiliation and agony? Will the innocent suffer the consequences of the curse of sin, to save the guilty? The words fall tremblingly from the pale lips of Jesus, "O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done." {DA 690.2} Three times has He uttered that prayer. Three times has humanity shrunk from the last, crowning sacrifice. [what is Christ experiencing? Temptation to save self. From where is the

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temptation arising? From the humanity of which He partook] But now the history of the human race comes up before the world's Redeemer. He sees that the transgressors of the law, if left to themselves, must perish. [Why must they perish? Is it because if Jesus doesn’t die God would be either unwilling or legally unable to forgive them? No! It is because if Christ doesn’t complete His mission there will be no remedy to provide that will heal human beings from their terminal condition!] He sees the helplessness of man. [How are we helpless? We are helpless to cure ourselves!] He sees the power of sin. The woes and lamentations of a doomed world rise before Him. He beholds its impending fate, and His decision is made. He will save man at any cost to Himself. He accepts His baptism of blood, that through Him perishing millions may gain everlasting life. He has left the courts of heaven, where all is purity, happiness, and glory, to save the one lost sheep, the one world that has fallen by transgression.

And He will not turn from His mission. He will become the propitiation of a race that has willed to sin. [which means what? Propitiate, means to conciliate, which means to make favorable, which means…he makes the race favorable, how, by what? By fixing what is broken, by eradicating the carnal nature (fear and selfishness) and perfecting humanity back to God’s original design!] His prayer now breathes only submission: "If this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done." {DA 690.3} Having made the decision, He fell dying to the ground from which He had partially risen.

[What is happening? Why is he dying here? Has any being laid a hand on Him? He chose love!

He chose to surrender and not save self! He chose to give himself thus in Christ human character is restored back to God’s perfect design for life.] Where now were His disciples, to place their hands tenderly beneath the head of their fainting Master, and bathe that brow, marred indeed more than the sons of men? The Saviour trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him. {DA 693.1} But God suffered with His Son. [How did God suffering with His Son? Why did the Father not step in? What is the Father’s goal? What does the Father want to happen? God was in the Son reconciling the world to himself. The Father wants to see humanity cured. Thus, as horrible as it is to watch, the Father is pleased to allow this to happen for the same reason Jesus is “for the joy set before him he endured the cross.” It was the only way to cure our condition.] Angels beheld the Saviour's agony. They saw their Lord enclosed by legions of satanic forces, His nature weighed down with a shuddering, mysterious dread. [From where is the dread originating? What are satanic forces doing?] There was silence in heaven. No harp was touched. Could mortals have viewed the amazement of the angelic host as in silent grief they watched the Father separating His beams of light, love, and glory from His beloved Son, they would better understand how offensive in His sight is sin…[Why was the Father separating His beams from the Son? Was it because the Father disapproved of Jesus? Was it because the Father was angry at Jesus? Was it because the Father was venting wrath and anger on Jesus?

Was it because the Father was hurting Jesus? Or was it because it was the only way for Christ to complete His mission of healing humanity and providing Remedy? Could Christ complete his mission of destroying the infection of fear and selfishness (carnal nature) without dying?

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Could He die as long as the Father kept His life-giving energy flowing into Jesus? No—God had to separate Himself from His Son, in order for Jesus to be able to destroy the infection of fear and selfishness. The only way to do this was for Jesus to partake of the infection, experience the temptation to save self, but choose, with His human brain to love, to surrender self, to refuse to use power to save Himself, all the way unto death. And in so doing Jesus would rid His humanity of the infection and rise again in a new humanity perfected back to God’s original ideal. The only way to do this was to die—and thus God had to separate Himself from His Son and allow that process to take place. This was a terrible experience for our Infinite God, for them to experience this separation. But there was NEVER any punishment inflicted from the Father and NEVER any legal payment going on! {DA 693.2} The worlds unfallen and the heavenly angels had watched with intense interest as the conflict drew to its close. [Close where? He hadn’t been crucified yet, why a close? The earth has persisted for 2000 years since then, so what does it mean drew to a close? Because the decision was made by Jesus which ensures the outcome!] Satan and his confederacy of evil, the legions of apostasy, watched intently this great crisis in the work of redemption. The powers of good and evil waited to see what answer would come to Christ's thrice-repeated prayer. Angels had longed to bring relief to the divine sufferer, but this might not be. No way of escape was found for the Son of God. [Why? Because there is no way to change God’s character, design, methods, law—how He constructed life, the only way to fix what Adam did was through this path] In this awful crisis, when everything was at stake, when the mysterious cup trembled in the hand of the sufferer, the heavens opened, a light shone forth amid the stormy darkness of the crisis hour, and the mighty angel who stands in God's presence, occupying the position from which Satan fell, came to the side of Christ. The angel came not to take the cup from Christ's hand, but to strengthen Him to drink it, with the assurance of the Father's love.

He came to give power to the divine-human suppliant. [This did not reduce Christ’s suffering, but extended it because He didn’t die there, but suffered throughout the rest of the weekend. And how was Jesus strengthened? Note how—] He pointed Him to the open heavens, telling Him of the souls that would be saved as the result of His sufferings. [It was the power of love—showing Jesus the people who would be saved is what aroused the love in His heart and empowered Him to endure!] He assured Him that His Father is greater and more powerful than Satan, that His death would result in the utter discomfiture of Satan, and that the kingdom of this world would be given to the saints of the Most High. He told Him that He would see of the travail of His soul, and be satisfied, for He would see a multitude of the human race saved, eternally saved. {DA 693.3} Christ's agony did not cease, but His depression and discouragement left Him. The storm had in nowise abated, but He who was its object was strengthened to meet its fury. He came forth calm and serene. A heavenly peace rested upon His bloodstained face. He had borne that which no human being could ever bear; for He had tasted the sufferings of death for every man. {DA 694.1} [When did Jesus taste the suffering of death for every man? In Gethsemane!]

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Do we need to fear death? Why or why not?

Read last paragraph, “Despite all its…” Why has the plan of salvation not spared us from the earthly death?



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