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The 1960’s group the Byrds recorded a hit song “Turn, Turn, Turn”. This song is based on a section of Scripture found in Ecclesiates 3:1-8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4ga_M5Zdn4
Basically, these verses tell us that God’s plan for mankind is constant change. This means that events are constantly changing around us, nothing on this earth can be expected to last, nor can it be expected to possess eternal value.
The Byrds named this song “Turn, Turn, Turn” to reflect the ever changing nature of the world. However, they did not realize that by entitling this song “Turn” they were also giving us the key to stability and eternal security in the midst of this ever changing world….
And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luk 24:46-47)
Our text can be divided into 2 parts:
Part #1 – vs 46 –
This verse teaches us the basis of true peace, contentment and security in the midst of an ever changing world… the Lord Jesus Christ and His work on behalf of His people.
Thus it is written,
The basis of our security on this earth is a subject covered in great detail throughout the entire Bible. Both Old and New Testaments are filled with prophecies, historical accounts, and personal testimonies of the Lord Jesus Christ, His work while on earth, and the results of that work.
and thus it behoved
The Greek word translated “behoved” is a word that means “it was absolutely necessary”, “binding to fulfill a purpose”. In other words, what Christ accomplished as He lived, died and arose was a work that was absolutely necessary to be performed. He was bound to perform this work if His people were to be saved and made secure.
Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
This work of Christ involved, His suffering and death at the hands of the Jews, the Romans, and by implication, each one of us. He suffered and died for the sins of His people so that they might be saved. (Matt 1:21) We all have sinned, and therefore, by implication, are responsible for the suffering and death of Christ.
Christ’s suffering and death on the cross was an absolute necessity to pay the price for the sins of His people (Col 1:20-23, Col 2:13-15) Then, Christ’s resurrection was the proof given to man that His sacrifice was acceptable to God to pay the price for the sins of His people. (1 Cor 15:12-18)
Together these works of Christ (His death, burial, resurrection, and their proofs, make up the gospel “good news” of Christ 1 Cor 15:1-8).
Part #2 – vs 47 –
This verse teaches us of our need to turn to Christ to receive His salvation and security.
And that repentance and remission of sins
Here, the word “repentance” comes from a Greek word defined as “to turn”, “to reverse” or “to change”.
In other words, salvation will only come to those who are willing to turn from their sin and their unbelief.
In Mark 1:14-15, Jesus Himself issues an invitation to those who see their need of forgiveness, communion and security from God. What was His call? “Repent ye and believe the gospel”.
He was telling sinners everywhere that they were to turn:
- from sin to His service (they must come being willing to give up their sin and be willing to now obey Him.)
- from rebellion to submission (they must be willing to no longer live for themselves but now be willing to submit to His will for their lives.)
- from disbelief to faith in Him (they must leave their doubting and denial behind and come to acceptance of His existence, Deity and work on their behalf.)
This is the type of “turning” that the Bible prescribes for anyone who sees their sinful condition and desires forgiveness from the Lord Jesus Christ. This “turning” works faith in our hearts as our attitudes about sin, Christ, and His Word changes we come to a point of belief in Him.
As Christ intervenes in our life He turns us from sin to Him and, in doing so, grants us remission for our sins. “Remission” means “to deliver” or “to grant freedom from”. Much like a rescued slave is delivered from their captivity and granted their freedom, Christ does the same for the truly repentant. (Gals 4:3-7)
should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
This message is so important Christ has given a command for us to take this message of “repentance and remission” to everyone on the face of the globe. Why? Everyone has sinned and is in the need of a Savior. (2 Tim 2:25-26, Acts 17:30)
THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION
For the Christian….
We should always have thankful hearts, realizing Christ gave us the ability and led us to repentance entirely based upon His grace…. (Jer 31:18, 2 Tim 2:25-26). Lets serve Him today from a heart filled with appreciation for all He Hass done for us!!!
For those who have never trusted in Christ…
The call of Christ is plain “repent ye and believe the gospel”. Turn to Christ and trust Him with your sin, your life, your needs, your goals… and your eternity. It is only through turning to Him and trusting Him that you can receive forgiveness from your sin, peace in the midst of a turbulent world, and security knowing you are headed for an eternity with Him in paradise. (Romans 6:, 2 Cor 4:)
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