by Moody Adams
INSIGHT: “Say ‘Jesus’ and you think of that resurrection morning when He smashed death’s empire of skulls and skeletons with one blow making the morning-glory unfold upon the door posts of every sepulcher” (ROBERT G. LEE).
Strengthen your assurance. You can face life with greater confidence when you fully understand Jesus’ three accurate predictions about His death on the cross: “Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again” (Luke 18:31-33).

1. Jesus assured you that He is the true Son of God by fulfilling forty-three prophecies which were written long before He was born (these are listed in the index of The Open Bible and many others). This assures you that you are not following some fable. You are truly following the Son of God. No other figure in history has had the details of their birth, their travels, their life, and their death written hundreds of years before they were born. Jesus is truly God.

2. Jesus assured you that you will not be punished for your sins by suffering your punishment for you. If someone pays your fine to the judge, you can walk away free. At the cross Jesus paid our fine: death. He died so that you will never have to die for your sins. This means you are freed from guilt. You have the assurance that you are clean from all sins. Someone really loves you.

3. Jesus assured you that you will live after death by rising from the dead. Because He defeated death at the cross, you will not have to die. Because He was raised from the dead, you can be sure that the same power which raised Jesus three days after His death will raise you.

WISDOM KEY: “The third day He shall rise again” (Luke 18:33).

Stephen went triumphantly to his death with these assurances filling his heart. Stephen stood up in a Jewish synagogue and boldly confronted the members with their sin. They unmercifully stoned him to death. But what a death he died: “When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep” (Acts 7:54-60).

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