Hello and welcome back!
How is winter treating you where you live? You know – I have experienced three seasons in just as many days.
By living in New Mexico! New Mexico is a state where if you don’t like the weather today, hang around until tomorrow. It is sure to change!
In fact, the only sure thing about the weather in New Mexico is that it will be different tomorrow!
Change can be good though, can’t it?
Think about your life before you found Jesus! Oh. You haven’t found Jesus yet?
Hang with us while I discuss with those who have already found Him about how good change can be as a Christian. Those of us who know Jesus as our Lord and Savior realize that our lives before finding Him were pretty bad, right everyone?
I mean, walking on the pathway of sin was a normal occurrence for most of us back in the day. One day, we were truckin’ along – doing our thing – when Jesus found us.
Everything changed! We went from death and entered into life!
Now, ff you are still in your sins, if you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, and if you really don’t know what it is I am talking about, let me tell you a story.
” For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Time: 1st century A.D.
Location: Outside the city of Jerusalem.
Scene: A hill called Mount Calvary.
A Man named Jesus of Nazareth is being nailed upon a Roman cross, after being charged with crimes He didn’t commit.
Those driving nails into His flesh are cursing Him, are spitting on Him, and are causing pain in His already abused body which has been scourged (whipped and ripped almost to the point of death).
Why was this man, Jesus, being treated in such a manner?
Let’s take a look at what the Bible, God’s holy word, says on the subject:
Isaiah 53: 1:12
Who has believed what we have heard?
And who has the arm of the Lord been revealed to?
2 He grew up before Him like a young plant
and like a root out of dry ground.
He didn’t have an impressive form
or majesty that we should look at Him,
no appearance that we should desire Him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of suffering who knew what sickness was.
He was like someone people turned away from;
He was despised, and we didn’t value Him.
4 Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses,
and He carried our pains;
but we in turn regarded Him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was pierced because of our transgressions,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on Him,
and we are healed by His wounds.
6 We all went astray like sheep;
we all have turned to our own way;
and the Lord has punished Him
for the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet He did not open His mouth.
Like a lamb led to the slaughter
and like a sheep silent before her shearers,
He did not open His mouth.
8 He was taken away because of oppression and judgment;
and who considered His fate?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
He was struck because of my people’s rebellion.
9 They made His grave with the wicked
and with a rich man at His death,
although He had done no violence
and had not spoken deceitfully.
10 Yet the Lord was pleased to crush Him severely.
When You make Him a restitution offering,
He will see His seed, He will prolong His days,
and by His hand, the Lord’s pleasure will be accomplished.
11 He will see it out of His anguish,
and He will be satisfied with His knowledge.
My righteous Servant will justify many,
and He will carry their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give Him the many as a portion,
and He will receive the mighty as spoil,
because He submitted Himself to death,
and was counted among the rebels;
yet He bore the sin of many
and interceded for the rebels.
(This description of the Messiah was written through prophesy, according to most scholars, between 701 B.C. and 681 B.C. This is more than 700 years before Jesus actually appeared on earth).
What we have just read is the prophet Isaiah proclaiming God’s word of the coming of the Messiah Jesus Christ and the reason for His crucifixion. He died in our place to redeem us from the wages of sin – death.
“I’m a good person! Why am I condemned? There’s worse people than me!”
Romans 6:23 – 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God’s love for the people groups of the earth was such that He gave His own Son to die upon a Roman cross for sins He did not commit so that we might live.
John 3:16-18 – For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God [emphasis mine].
Condemned of what? You might be thinking, “I’m a good person! Why am I condemned”! There’s worse people than me!
“Just what are all people who are not in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ the Messiah – the living Son of God – guilty of? I know I am better than many people who attend church!”
Disobedience to God, unbelief in God, unbelief in His Son, Jesus Christ – through the breaking of His Divine Law – the 10 Commandments is what creates the guilt before Him.
Are you familiar with the 10 Commandments of God? Here they are below:
Exodus 20:1-17 – Then God spoke all these words:
2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery.
3 Do not have other gods besides Me.
4 Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. 5 You must not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the fathers’ sin, to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing faithful love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commands.
7 Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God, because the Lord will not leave anyone unpunished who misuses His name.
8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy: 9 You are to labor six days and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. You must not do any work—you, your son or daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the foreigner who is within your gates. 11 For the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything in them in six days; then He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and declared it holy.
12 Honor your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
13 Do not murder.
14 Do not commit adultery.
15 Do not steal.
16 Do not give false testimony against your neighbor.
17 Do not covet your neighbor’s house. Do not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male or female slave, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
What we come to understand through the words of God in His holy word is the nature of God Himself. God is Righteous, all holy (meaning set apart) and totally unable to abide sin. He is perfect goodness. He is love. He is truth.
Any sin that is not confessed with the mouth, repented of, and salvation be asked for and obtained, ends in spiritual death and eternal punishment in Hell, the place where unforgiven sinners are destined.
“Have you ever told a lie? Just one?”
Knowing this nature of God, we must understand that any sin at all, even breaking just one of the 10 Commandments only one time in our entire lives earns the wages of sin, which is death (See Romans 6:23 above).
Have you ever worshiped a false idol? You have if you have ever put anything in your life above God Himself? If so, that is what a false idol is today. Anything you pay more attention to than God.
Have you ever told a lie? Just one? The wages of unpaid for sin – is spiritual death (Romans 6:23). The only way to obtain forgiveness is to accept the precious gift of forgiveness and grace that comes only through Jesus (See Romans 10:9 below):
9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Jesus died so that you might live! Read the Scripture below: I Cor. 15:2-5:
2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.
Jesus says to believe in who sent Him (the Father) and to believe in Him. He is the way to God and eternal life. Check out John 10:8-10 below:
8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.
The above Scripture tells us that Jesus is the only way back in fellowship with God. There IS no other way.
22 The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
This Jesus is
the stone rejected by you builders,
which has become the cornerstone.[a][b]
12 There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.”
13 When they observed the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and recognized that they had been with Jesus.
That said, can you understand the guilt of all humanity? That all have sinned and unable to earn their way? Below is what God says about it in Romans 3:22-24:
22 —that is, God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction. 23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 24 They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Christians, send an email link to those who you know have not found Jesus. Post this on Facebook, Twitter, Google+. These are the words of the Gospel that lead to eternal life.
To you, the unsaved, I pray that you will read the above again, pray to God for the Holy Spirit to show you the way, find a Bible teaching church, and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Need Prayer? Contact me on Facebook!
Please, pass this along for those who are dying in their sin and need Jesus in their lives!
Until next time!
QUESTION: If you are saved, would you give your testimony so others can be encouraged!