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Marked Safe

"28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was nowfinished, said (to fulfill the Scripture),“I thirst.”29 A jar full of sour wine stood there,so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth.30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said,“It is finished,”and he bowed his head andgave up his spirit." (John 19:28-30)

Social media has an interesting button during times of Crisis; it's called the "Marked Safe" button. It's an item in which someone can inform their friends and followers on social media that they are, indeed, safe from said crisis. It's kind of a neat idea, because in this day and age of technology, we're able to find out in minutes what it used to take days, weeks, or even months to find out. Let's consider, though, that this neat innovation only has temporary value. In this category of technology, you're marked safe from THIS crisis. you inform someone that you've gotten over THIS illness. That THIS bad relationship is over. Can Government save us? No. Can any medicine TRULY save us? No, all it can do is delay the inevitable. The fact is that we're dying from the moment we're born. Can social media TRULY mark us as safe? Not in the least. As a matter of fact, we're all born in to death. We're dying from the moment we're born, not just physically, but spiritually. Children lose innocence, some quicker than others, and become teens and adults who make choices that effect their entire lives. Yet, through it all, no matter how safe we played it, no matter how good we tried to be, all of us are destined for death. I don't mean simply a physical death. From the moment we are born, because it is now hardwired in our DNA, we're hardwired to seek after death. Our default destination is death. A first physical death, and a second eternal death. Why? Because our rebellious hearts separate us from perfect love. The darkness in us can't abide in the light. We buck against the TRUE ruler of the universe, and so we separate ourselves from Him forever. We might be marked safe in a Crisis, but what is to stop our ultimate destruction? From before the foundation of the world, God had a plan. the Gospel of John shows us this clearly. In 7 days, God made all things, in an instant, humanity threw it in to chaos in his rush to embrace independence, and thus death. So in seven signs, Jesus reversed what we intended for our own destruction: 1. He made New Wine at the wedding in Cana: a New Covenant, to show a new marriage. (John 2:11)

2. He healed an official's son without being present (John 4:47) 3. He healed the man born lame by the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-15) 4. He fed the 5,000 men (not including women and children) with just 7 loaves and 2 fish (John 6:1-15)

5. He healed the man born blind (John 9:1-34)

6. He raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-44)

and the Seventh of these signs is the most important: He paid the penalty for man's brokenness with His own blood upon the cross of Calvary. He anguished on Good Friday for 6 and a half hours, fulfilling prophecy upon prophecy (not simply about WHAT messiah would do, but HOW it would go about with precision accuracy). When He cried out "it is finished," the covenants that man could not accomplish on their own, due to our wayward and wicked hearts, He accomplished in perfect obedience to the Father. He crossed the "T's by stretching His own arms out, and dotted every "i." with His blood, and so when he had accomplished what He set out to do, He gave up His spirit and rested. So you see, there is only one REAL way to be marked "safe." And it is not by what you or I can accomplish, but what Jesus has done.

John 3: 9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you[f] do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

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