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One of the overlooked evidences for the Bible is the underlying wordplay used by the Biblical writers. I believe this is evidence that the real author of the Bible is also the author of language (Genesis 11:1-9). I don’t mean that God wrote the Bible with his actual hand, unless you think of man as at least sometimes being his hand. “Cheir,” (khire) is a Greek word often used in the Bible for hand.

Here is a key to understanding the mysteries of language; don’t pay too much attention to the vowels. Very often, the only differences in a word from one language to another are the vowels, and the spelling. “Chre,” is a Greek word used to state that something ought (must, or should) be. You can see that the word “decree” stems from “Chre,” and probably the word “cry” also. Christ is the cry of God. The cross is something that “must be” because of sin.

The word “cross” didn’t come from the Greek language, but from the Latin word “crux.” Similar sounding Greek words have other meanings, but the New Testament authors made use of these similarities in their writings. Most of these things are lost when translated into other languages, but not all of them. Sometimes the words find their way into new languages.

If you look up the meaning of the word “Christ,” you’ll find it is a term meaning “Anointed.” That is the short answer. Multiple meanings are implied by the Greek name Christos (Christ). A cruse is a small vessel for holding water or some other liquid. A cruse would be used in the anointing process. This is the word that’s used in the King James Version in 1st. Kings 17:11-16 for the container of oil that didn’t run dry. The word “cruse” is similar to “cross.” So is “chros.” Apparently, this Greek word for skin, which the King James translates as “body,” was used only once in Acts 19:12.

Kurios (Lord), kuros (supremacy), crist (crest), keras (power), chrestos (useful), chruseos (gold); all these Greek words should remind us of Christ and the cross. I believe that’s what the similarities are intended by God to do.

The pupa of a butterfly is supposedly called a chrysalis because of its color, but it also goes through a resurrection-like experience. Various elements also go through metamorphism to become crystal. Revelation 21:20 in the KJV identifies chrysolyte, and chrysoprasus among the jewels that make up the foundations of the wall of the new Jerusalem.

“Crisis,” comes from a Greek word “Krisis” that means “decision.” We are all on the jury judging Christ. Every human being that reaches the mental age of accountability must make a decision about Jesus, in some form or fashion. I believe we should  prayerfully consider all the evidence as well as we can. I believe that our lives and destinies hang in the balance on the cross.

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In many ways, God is like any other person. You can’t make him into just anything that you want him to be. He is what he is. In Exodus 3:14 he told Moses, “I am who I am.” There are so many ideas about what God is, or should be, that the world has made him nearly unrecognizable. His visage is marred more than any man (Isaiah 52:14). When people rebel against God, most often it’s our own ideas about God that we are fighting; we have very little real understanding of God.

That’s the way it was with me. There was a time when I thought of myself as an atheist. The reality was that my impression of God was so negative that I didn’t believe any God could possibly exist. The results are the same though. Our judgmental attitudes towards God cause us to reject him, and he can’t get past our prejudice.

The Bible says that they wouldn’t have crucified the Lord of glory if they had known who he was (1st. Corinthians 2:8). Of course they wouldn’t; they would have been falling all over each other trying to roll out the red carpet. Can you see them all trying to explain this to God? “Sorry God, we didn’t know it was you, we thought you were just a man.”

Would God who created all the universe really visit the earth as a Prince in pauper’s clothes? Certainly he would, and he did. This way we get to see what’s really in our hearts, that God already knows about. This way he can get some of us to do some soul-searching, instead of denying that we have a soul. God desires to meet us as a man, and if we’ll receive him as Lord on that level, then we are his true subjects.

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This world is in the midst of a very real spiritual war. The war in our hearts manifests itself in outward physical suffering, and many times as actual war (James 4:1). I believe that God desperately wants to save us. I know it’s odd to think of God in this way, but I believe his cross proves this is so. His sacrifice seems both a highly calculated tactical maneuver, and a last-ditch effort to win us to his side. The rejoicing that takes place in Heaven when we turn to God must be accompanied by many sighs of relief (Luke 15:10).

I know it’s easy to feel like God doesn’t care, but he must allow the evil of the heart of this world to show itself (Matthew 18:7, Mark 13:7). He must allow the world to end, even if it is crucifying to see it happen. He must allow us to have freewill, and freedom of thought. We must see that the ideas, and beliefs conjured up by man lead to confusion and suffering (Proverbs 14:12). That is why it’s so important to believe God, and not to distort his words and intent (2 Peter 3:15,16).

There are many facets to the cross of Christ. God doesn’t complain much, and it certainly wouldn’t do him much good. He shows us his scars instead, and the way he does that is to become a man, and die on a cross. Jesus, on the cross, is the physical expression of the spiritual way in which we’ve afflicted God. Jesus is the revelation of God, not only in his teaching and miracles, but also in his death (Colossians 1:13-15, Hebrews 1:3, 2 Corinthians 4:3,4). When Jesus wept (John 11:35), it was God weeping.

It seems that people have gotten the idea somehow that God doesn’t feel anything, but that’s not what the Bible teaches. There are hundreds of verses that tell us otherwise. His spirit can be “quenched,” (1 Thessalonians 5:19) or “grieved” (Ephesians 4:30). He knew he would be sorry (Genesis 6:6) for creating man, and that man would crucify him.

God foresees a paradise, and joy that we can’t see. That’s why he created us, and went to the cross for us (Hebrews 12:2). He could “see” you in Paradise, and he set about to bring you into existence, and to make a way for you to get there. Some people won’t accept him in spite of his “longsuffering” (2 Peter 3:9). I don’t want to look for someone in Heaven and see God hold out empty hands, with nothing to show for all his love, except those holes (John 20:27).

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I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to think. I’m going to post some more of my song lyrics for now.

The Broken Bread (Matt. 5:6 & Luke 22:15-20)

I’m not worthy
Still too earthy
Even after all I’ve changed.
So undeserving
It’s only mercy that I’ve
Come to trust in Jesus’ name.
There’s a place where those who hunger
After righteousness are fed.
I’ve come to the Master’s table
And I trust in what he did.
I bow my head in worship
And believe the things he said
And take the broken bread,

The Bread of Life, the Broken Bread
The Word of Life, the things he said
There’s a place where those who hunger
After righteousness are fed.
The Bread of Life, the Broken Bread

Through dark windows
A glimpse of repentance
Only God can clearly see.
His blood has drawn me
Into communion, for I
Discern his body broken for me.
Doesn’t this world make you hunger
For justice to be done
Doesn’t his cross make you thirsty
For all hearts to be won
He’s just dying to show mercy
On the cross he bowed his head and
Became the broken bread.

The Bread of Life, the Broken Bread
The Word of Life, the things he said
There’s a place where those who hunger
After righteousness are fed.
The Bread of Life, the Broken Bread

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