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Why Jesus?
from THE CROSS by Max Lucado

"The Final Prayer of Jesus was about you. His final pain was for you. His passion was you. Before he went to the cross, Jesus went to the garden. And when he spoke with his Father, you were in his prayers. As Jesus looked into heaven, you were in his vision. As Jesus dreamed of the day when we will be where he is, he saw you there...Never had he felt so alone. What had to be done, only he could do. An angel couldn't do it. No angel has the power to break open hell's gates. A man couldn't do it. No man has the purity to destroy sin's claim. No force on earth can face the force of evil and win--Except God...

He wanted you to know that he's been there, too. He know what it's like to be plotted against. He knows what it's like to be confused. He knows what it's like to be torn between two desires. He knows what it's like to smell the stench of Satan. And, perhaps most of all, he knows what it's like to beg God to change his mind and to hear God say so gently, but firmly, "No". For that is what God said, and Jesus accepted the answer. On the eve of the cross, Jesus made his decision...


Revelation 6:10-11 / 7:9-14
"They called out in a loud voice, 'How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?' Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they were was completed."..."After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb."..."These in white robes -- who are they and where did they come from?"..."These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."

1John 4:1-3 (emphasis in caps mine)
"Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirit to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: EVERY SPIRIT THAT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT Jesus Christ has COME IN THE FLESH IS FROM GOD, but EVERY SPIRIT that DOES NOT acknowlege Jesus IS NOT FROM GOD. THIS IS THE SPIRIT OF THE ANTICHRIST, which you have heard is coming and even now is ALREADY in the world."

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present you requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and you minds in Christ Jesus."

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