This is a question we all ask.

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. Part of The Lord?s prayer as it has become says; ?Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.?

Read it slowly and digest every word. ?Thy (God?s) kingdom come.?

How many do you know who are working to bring God?s kingdom to earth? ?Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven?.

How many people go against God?s will in daily life. I am thinking more of grown-ups in government and industry, more than children.

How many people make drugs, bombs, alcohol and land mines and machines of war.

As a civilisation I think we seem to love going to war of some sort or another pretty often.

The greed of ?Banksters?, money people and the staggering money losses in 2008 shows how people love money too much.

I think that our society loves ?things? far too much - but they do not make us happy.

What do you think?

The death of Jesus was the central 'core' of God's plan to enable us to get into heaven.

When Jesus left His home in heaven, He knew that He was going to later die, for us all.

In all His time on earth, He knew that crucifixion lay ahead. Wow!

His death and suffering are prophesied in Isaiah chapter 53.

 

Right through the Bible is what is called 'A Crimson Thread' that starts in Paradise with Adam and Eve and ends in the triumph of good over evil in Revelation.

(God counts a thousand years as a day and a day a thousand years.)

The 'Crimson Thread' is shed blood.

First, it was animals blood to cover our sins and later, the blood of Jesus to 'wash away' our sins.

The 'Christian cross' is the most universally recognised symbol of Jesus, the Christian message of 'Good news' that God loves us. Further, that Jesus paid the price of our sin, in blood, to invite us into heaven. Jesus was willing to do it for us. That is 'Good news' indeed.

This hymn sums it up very well:


There is a green hill far away

Outside a city wall,

Where the dear Lord was crucified

Who died to save us all.

We may not know, we cannot tell

What pains He had to bear.

But we believe it was for us,

He hung and suffered there.

He died that we might be forgiven

He died to make us good.

That we might go at last to heaven,

Saved by His precious blood.

There was no other good enough

To pay the price of sin.

He only could unlock the gate

Of heaven and let us in.

Oh dearly, dearly has He loved,

And we must love Him too.

And trust in His redeeming blood.

And try His works to do.

Cecil Alexander. 1848.

William Horsley has put a lovely melody to sing it to.

'religion' where you cannot pay for, work for, do good deeds for or pay for later. Your heart (& mind & spirit) is what Jesus asks for. You want to please, and work for Him, after you learn to know Him. Once you understand what it is all about ... you want to give your all! Your talents, skills, money and in many cases the best years of your life helping others in your work as Doctors, nurses, teachers, health care, farming, etc.

It is a life-changing event, but not all Christians discover this and that is sad.

Thank you. You children never cease to thrill me with your ideas and questions. I have never thought on this.

The Bible says that He was like us in every way. He got tired, weary, frustrated, angry, hungry and thirsty.

I sort of cringe at writing what the Son of God was thinking while He hung there, naked, humiliated, thirsty and - oh the pain! To the Romans, who controlled the country at the time of Jesus, crucifixion was the most painful way they could think of to kill people. It sort of put you off doing wrong to them. You die slowly and painfully of asphyxiation - because you cannot breathe much at all.

He thought of His Mum (Mary) and told John to take care of her. (John 19:26-27). He thought very kindly of the criminal who knew that he deserved to die. Jesus gave him a solemn promise that: "Today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:39-43). Jesus did not answer the mocking insults of evil men. And lastly, God turned away from Him and left Him alone to suffer.

Jesus knew God had turned away and cried out: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me." Then said "It is finished." And He then died for you. (Matthew 27:45-58)

Maybe He was thinking forward to this time when you read this and found out what He did and that He did it for YOU?

The Bible has no specific information on this.

Is says: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1).

He is not human and born like we are. He was 'There' and made it all happen.

You will find out all such things when you are in heaven.

I'll want to know too.

Be assured - Jesus felt the pain like anybody else.

Apart from the nails He suffered much, much more, but I think you ought to read it yourself to be able to fully understand the price He paid for us. It does not get talked about much these days.

Some Christians do not like to talk about blood, nails, pain, mocking and abuse.

It is all there, written down as a true record.

Only three chapters.

Google: Matthew chapter 26, 27 and 28 in the online Bibles. EG: bible.org

Mel Gibson made his movie about the whole terrible time Jesus had to endure - it is called "The Passion of Christ." Too much cruelty for children to watch ~ so Campus Crusade for Christ made a movie called "The Story of Jesus for Children" which has all the stories from the book of Luke in the Bible.

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The Answerer - Peter Harris, answered children's questions from his many years of teaching "Scripture" classes.
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