Oct 302017
 

Jesus_on_cross

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering” (Romans 8:1–3).

Today is Good Friday-

– the day we remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ who died on an excruciatingly painful Roman cross two thousand years ago.

Because God is a God of infinite justice-

– he cannot forgive sin without justice being served.

Otherwise he wouldn’t be God.

This means that all sin must be judged according to the moral law of God and the universe.

We can no more defy this law and live than we can defy the law of gravity by jumping out of an airplane without a parachute.

The end result will be death unless—unless we apply another law, the law of aerodynamics.

This law makes it possible for an airplane to fly and a parachute to lower us to the earth gradually and thereby save us.

There is another universal law that we cannot defy and live.

It is “the law of sin and death,” which means that the judgment and penalty of all sin is death and eternal separation from God.

That is, unless we apply a higher law which is “the law of the Spirit of Life,” which is a God-given “spiritual parachute” to save us from eternal death.

God provided this law through the death of Jesus who died in our place to pay the penalty for our sin.

Furthermore, because God is also a God of absolute holiness, no sin or unforgiven sinners can survive in his presence.

As some bacteria are not able to survive in the light and die if they are exposed to it, so it is with us.

In our sinful state if we were exposed to God and his incredible light, we would be destroyed instantaneously.

And herein lies our dilemma.

However, God’s answer to our dilemma lies in the fact that God is not only a God of infinite justice and absolute holiness, but also a God of eternal love.

Because of his love, God gave his very own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins to meet the automatic demands of his (God’s) justice and holiness.

Christ’s death made possible God’s “law of the Spirit of Life”—our God-given “spiritual parachute”—to save us from eternal death.

Not to accept and use God’s “parachute” means certain death from which there is no other escape.

In other words, anyone who doesn’t accept God’s pardon will automatically die for him/herself—which means eternal separation from God, the author of all love and life, in the place or condition the Bible calls hell.

All we need to do is-

– confess our sinfulness,

– believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died in our place for our sins, and

– ask God for, and accept, his forgiveness and pardon.

If you have never done this, you can do so right now by praying the following prayer.

“Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner and am sorry for all the wrongs that I have done. I believe that your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for my sins. Please forgive me. I invite you, Jesus, to come into my heart and life as Lord and Saviour. I commit and trust my life to you. Please give me the desire to be what you want me to be and to do what you want me to do. Thank you for dying for my sins, for your free pardon, for your gift of eternal life, and for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

(PA)

Oct 252017
 

Man prays to God

Nicodemus would probably be welcome at any church today.

He seems an ideal member-
– principled, knowledgeable, morally upstanding, courteous, and humble.

However, Nicodemus had two big problems despite all of that outward religious appeal.

He was-
– blind to the truth and
– spiritually dead.

The man was lost!
That is, he did not have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

As a Pharisee-
Nicodemus adhered to strict Jewish codes and laws, so he was certainly religious.

But the problem of the lost person is not attitudes, conduct, or even character.

We can change and control those through sheer determination, and many folks do.
What people really need is a change of condition!

We come into this world-
– with a sinful nature that is bent away from God.

Jesus explained to the observant rabbi that-
– all his outward goodness couldn’t erase, replace, or change his nature.

Instead, every person who desires to serve God-
– must be born again!

The Lord promised that if Nicodemus received Him as Saviour-
– then he would enter into a brand-new life!

His old sinful nature would be transformed-
– so that he could have a real relationship with God.

Instead of appearing to be a religious man-
Nicodemus would be a true believer.

No one gets into heaven on the strength of good works and kind behaviour.
When we stand before God, only our condition will matter.

In place of our old, dead “flesh” nature-
– we should show Him the living spirit we have received when Jesus Christ came into our life.

(PA)

May 232017
 
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
This verse says you’re a brand new creature if you are in Christ Jesus!
The word ‘new’ is from the Greek word kainos!
It describes something that is brand new or recently made.
It also carries the idea of something that is superior.
This means when Jesus Christ came into your life-
– you were made brand, spanking new!
The new you is superior to the old you!
In fact-
You are so new that this verse calls you a new creature!
The moment we receive Christ as Saviour-
We should start displaying new attitudes in life,
– along with new behaviours and habits.
It may take time for these to become established in daily practice.
But there should be no doubt that the process is working.
New goals.
New priorities.
New relationships.
New emotions.
New perspectives.
New words.
New responses.
New and improved!
Does that describe you?

What a wonderful change-

– in my life has been wrought
– since Jesus came into my heart!
(PA)
Apr 112017
 

According to an article in Today in the Word-
“In the spring of 1981, a young man was flown into desolate northern Alaska to photograph the natural beauty and mysteries of the tundra.

He took along 500 rolls of film, several firearms, and 1,400 pounds of provisions.

“As the months passed, the words in his diary changed from wonder and fascination into a nightmare.

In August he wrote-
‘I think I should have used more foresight about arranging my departure.
I’ll soon find out.’

In November he died in a nameless valley, by a nameless lake, 225 miles northeast of Fairbanks.

An investigation revealed that though he had carefully planned his trip, he had made no provision to be flown out.”

Difficult to imagine; isn’t it?
How could anyone be so foolish or even forgetful?

He made every provision for his journey except how to get home!
“How tragic,” we say.

And yet, how many of us make every provision for life here on earth but no preparation for our departure?

God has warned us in his Word, the Bible, that there is life after death…after which is God’s judgment.

And as he warned the nation of Israel to prepare to meet God; He warns us to do the same. Amos 4:12.

We need to do this today.
After death it is too late.

As God’s Word also says, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27.

And how do we prepare to meet God?
By confessing our sins to God and accepting his Son, Jesus, as our personal Lord and Saviour.

Doing this is getting our “Passport to Eternity in Heaven.”

“Dear God, please help me to make certain that I don’t leave this life without making preparation for life beyond death.
Help me to accept Your provision.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus’s name, Amen.”

(PA)

Dec 252016
 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God” (John 1:1). 

Words are used for communication. 

Jesus is called the Word of God because He is the communication of God to man. 

How are we to know what God is like? Well, God sent His Son to tell us what He is like. 

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). 

The wonderful Son of God, full of God’s grace and truth, came to this world to communicate God’s love to us. 

Man has mistaken notions of God.  Some see Him like a traffic policeman, ready to issue a summons at the slightest traffic offence. 

Others think He will just overlook sin and let everyone else go to heaven. 

In Jesus, we find grace and truth.  Grace to forgive the repentant sinner.  Truth to judge evil doers. 

Jesus came to save us from our sins.  

We need a God who is strong enough to save us. A sinner cannot save another sinner. 

This God must die for our sins. But God cannot die. 

God solved the dilemma in the person of Jesus. 

On Christmas day, God became flesh so that as God, He can save, and as Man, He can die. 

Bow your heart and confess Jesus as your Saviour today.  Let Jesus be born in your heart.