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Bethany Baptist Church

A Mother/Daughter Banquet will be held Saturday, May 12 in the Fellowship Hall starting at 12 noon. Then Sunday all mothers will be honored in the Morning Service.

Chuck Harding of the Awake America ministry will be the guest speaker on Sunday, May 20. He will speak at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. There will be lunch at 12:00 in the Fellowship Hall.

A special song was sung Sunday morning by four of the Rogers Family descendents, Norma Rogers Stillings, Anna Rogers Goos, Dan Stillings, and Debra Stillings Bohnstedt. Pastor Bob Sorensen brought a message he called, “Old Testament and New Testament Theology.”

The Old Testament presents the origin of sin and the curse for sin, the New Testament proclaims the deliverance from and the cure for sin. The Old Testament Law required death for sinners, New Testament Grace introduces a Saviour for sinners.

When God spoke to Adam and Eve after they had partaken of the forbidden fruit, he told them the ground would be cursed. Death had been pronounced as the penalty for sin. That has not been changed, God’s wrath must be appeased, but God himself spoke of a coming Redeemer all through the Old Testament. In Isaiah 7:14 he is identified as the son of a virgin. He would be called Immanuel which means “God with us.” In Matthew 1:21-23, we see that the son of the virgin Mary was to be named JESUS, “for he shall save his people from their sins.”

We see this Redeemer identified in Isaiah 9: 6 as “Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” In Luke 2:11 he is called a “Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

God had not been caught off guard when sin came into the world. He always had a plan. When God saw the blood of a sacrifice in Old Testament days it pointed forward to the blood that was shed when Jesus died upon the cross. God had told Moses that the sacrifice had to be without blemish (Leviticus 1:3). Jesus was that perfect sacrifice. He was the innocent dying for the guilty. Jesus took the sin of the world upon himself at the cross. When God saw the blood at the foot of the cross it brought forgiveness and reconciliation.

Reconciliation has always included confession, repentance, and the forsaking of the sin. A person who repented of his sin brought a sin offering to the priest, who offered it for him. In  Old Testament days countless offerings were made for sin. There were bullocks, rams, goats, sheep, goats, doves, and pigeons. There were morning offerings, evening offerings, monthly offerings, and special offerings at all the festivals of remembrance. There were special yearly offerings, but these only served to cover the sins for the time and the offerings had to be made again. The blood of Christ is so much better. Jesus offered one sacrifice for sin for ever.

When people in the Old Testament rejected God’s sacrifice and chose some other way, they doomed themselves. Cain offered the fruit of the ground. But the ground was cursed. Able’s offering was accepted because it pictured Christ. Our own efforts will not be accepted as a remedy for sin. When we repent of, confess, and forsake our sins we do not have to bring any other sacrifice to the altar. The sacrifice for sin has already been made. Christ alone made the perfect sacrifice.

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