I am sure that while people watched the Super Bowl the other evening there was at least one banner containing John 3:16. There usually is at major sporting events. I am thankful for someone who would do this. They are doing what they can to get the message out.
I cannot think of any greater gift that God the Father could have given to fallen man. We have a problem. It is a sin problem. No matter how good we think we are. No matter how intellectual we think we are. No matter what, we cannot ensure that we will spend eternity based upon any thing we can do ourselves.
The words of John 3:16 are some of the most quoted words of all Scripture. They rank up there with Psalm 23 and “judge not that you be not judged”.
Look at John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” You want to talk about “A Gift From God”. There it is. There is the greatest Gift ever given in all of time and eternity. Jesus humbled Himself and became a man; in flesh, and lived so that you and I can live for eternity with Him. All we must do is be sorry for our sin and ask Him for forgiveness. It is so simple that people cannot “get it”. If you trust Him today then Heaven will be your eternal home.
Who does not like to receive gifts? If you don’t let me know and you can forward all of your gifts to our house. At Christmas my toys were always practically worn out by the time I got to play with them. My father would play and play with them. Such is life, I guess.
I like to give gifts. It is fun to see people’s reactions to their gifts. Why is it that people seem to reject the gift of God? Actually, there is more than just one Gift from God. Most people associate the Gift of God to be Jesus Christ. This is true.
You and I have a problem. Nobody wants to hear about problems. Here is the thing. If we bring up the problem then we can formulate a plan to solve the problem
Man’s biggest problem is sin. The great thing is that God formulated a plan before the foundation of the world. Look at Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The problem is sin. The plan is that Jesus died on the cross to pay the price of our sin. He did this for every man, woman, boy and girl that every was, is or ever will be born. He is the Plan to pay the debt we owe.
All you and I must do is realize that we are a sinner and we need a Saviour. Then we can put our faith and trust in Him and be saved. That is the greatest gift God has ever given.
Today will be our last installment of “Psalm 1 Wisdom”. As I was reading this last verse I could not help but think of so many people that live a life of pain and suffering. My last thought is as follows.
A Woeful Life – vs. 6, “For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” The word woeful means affected by or full of grief or woe, of very poor quality or condition.
Far too many people are living woeful lives today. They seem to have nothing to live for. They place their trust in things of this earth and they are disappointed almost constantly. I cannot imagine if I thought that you just lived like a dog and died. That was it. The end. This would be “A Woeful Life” for sure.
Some see our God as a big meanie waiting to crush them with the blow of His almighty fist. This is not true. God is allowing this into their lives because He loves them. He allows it to drive them to Himself. The problem is that we get it all mixed up and run from Him. We need to run to the LORD!
Today; my dear reader, are you running from God? Maybe you see your life as “A Woeful Life”. Here is the thing. God will not make everything better if you trust Him today. He will make you better equipped to face the storms and trials of life.
The other evening as I was looking over social media I came across a beautiful picture from a cemetery taken by my friend Rad Drew (www.RadDrewPhotography.com). The picture is of a grave from circa 1875 and it has this quote with it.
Remember reader as you pass by,
As you are now so once was I.
As I am now so you will be.
Prepare for death and follow me.
— Unknown author from a gravestone, circa 1875.
There is a lot of Biblical counsel in that little poem. The truth remains that 1 out of 1 will die. The only exception will be if Jesus returns and takes His children to Heaven.
I want to ask you a question. Are you prepared to step out into eternity? Have you made preparation?
If you have not made preparation you need to do that. You must realize that you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 tells us that we are all sinners. Because we are sinners we are separated from God. Romans 6:23 tells us, “the wages of sin is death;” This death will be eternal separation from God. That is the bad news. The good news is in the second part of that verse in Romans 6:23, “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our LORD.” All a person has to do is to acknowledge to God that they are a sinner and need a Saviour. We must confess that to God calling upon Him in prayer. We must be sorry for our sin and tell Him that. Then when we acknowledge that and tell Him that and ask Him to save us, He will.
If you would like to know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, please contact me as I would love to show you how.
This past Sunday I talked to my mother on the phone as she and her husband are wintering in a warmer place than Indiana. She shared with me some things that the Pastor of the Church she attends there had pointed out that morning.
First off he shared that he did not know where the idea that Mary was riding a donkey on their journey to Bethlehem came from; but, he did not believe that was true. He said, “If I were pregnant I would not want to ride on a donkey.” Not to mention that Joseph and Mary were poor people. They probably could not afford to purchase a donkey. I agree with this Preacher.
Secondly, he pointed out that first off he had been to the holy land eleven times. He said that because of the sacrificial system of that time the shepherds would pay close attention to their sheep. When a lamb was born without spot or blemish the shepherd would take the lamb and “swaddle” it and lay it “in a manger” to protect it for the sacrifice.
Yet another piece of the puzzle of the birth of Christ. Look at Luke 2:12, “And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” Jesus Christ is the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. Mary would wrap the Babe in grave clothes or strips of cloth. Each little finger and toe would be wrapped and then then up the arm or foot and leg. Then the torso and so on until the Babe of Bethlehem was swaddled. Then Mary like a shepherd laid the child Jesus in a manger. When the shepherds arrived they knew Who they were seeing. The sights pointed them forward to the cross. They knew they were in the presence of Messiah. I have to echo the praise the the angels, “Glory to God in the highest!” Oh, what a Saviour! As the writer penned, “He came from Heaven to earth to show the way…”. Will you trust Him as your Saviour today? He came for you.
We have seen in the Scriptures how God uses many different things, circumstances and even the unbeliever to work out His plan. I mean, He used a donkey to speak to Baalim. I am glad that it has not been recorded in Scripture some of my less than positive moments in life.
God even used an heathen king to bring about His plan. It all started when Herod received word of a King to be born in Bethlehem. Look at Matthew 2:3, “When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.” This word “troubled” means to stir or agitate. Herod was an unhappy camper. He was the sitting king of that day and he would have nobody else dethrone him if at all possible. I don’t know too many rulers that want to be dethroned. It usually means death to the sitting king.
In this instance it would have meant death too. Think about it. Lets go a little deep here. If Herod came face to face with King Jesus then Herod would have to die. He would have to be just like you and I. He must die to self. He must crucify the old man. Even worse, he would have to bow the knee to Jesus and he was not willing to do that. This prideful dictator would bow to nobody.
Okay; friend, it is your turn. Will you humbly bow before Jesus and confess you are a sinner and you need a Saviour? It is up to you. The truth is that you can bow before King Jesus today and trust Him as your Saviour or you can bow before Him as your Judge. The choice is yours to make.
It will be less than a week and the wrapping paper and tape will fly through the air as presents are opened. This is the one day of the year that some people look forward to.
If you were a young Jewish girl there was another day that you looked forward to. This is the day that Messiah would come. The reason these girls looked forward to it was because they dreamed of being the one God used to birth Messiah into this world.
As you and I now know, Mary was that chosen vessel. Many religions want to put far too much emphasis on Mary. Oh, I do not seek to discredit her because she was blessed above all other women in this world.
Here is the thing. Even as blessed as Mary was, she was still like you and I. After the greeting of her cousin Elisabeth, Mary sought to take the spotlight off her and put it where it rightfully needed to be. Look at Luke 1:46-47, “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” I think it is interesting that the word “magnify” means to make or declare great; increase or (figuratively) extol.
Mary directed the praise where it should go. Then she makes a declaration that we all need to take notice of. In verse 47 Mary tells of her need of a Saviour. She said, “And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” Mary was acknowledging that she was a sinner and needed a Saviour just like you and I.
So; my friend, it does not matter how highly you think of yourself. The fact is that you and I need a Saviour. The Saviour of the world came humbly as a babe, wrapped in grave clothes and was laid in a place that animals ate. He did all this for you and I. He came to us so that we could come to Him.
Will you trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour today before it is eternally too late? Do not take a chance and step out into eternity without having an eternal relationship with Jesus Christ. He love you and died for you. Trust Him today.
In the past two days we have looked at Jesus is the man of Sorrow, the man of Sympathy. Today we will look at another attribute of Jesus.
Jesus is the Man of Salvation. If it were not for Jesus there would be no salvation. He is the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world (John:1:28). He is our sin bearer. Jesus took our sin to the cross and paid the ultimate price for my sin and your sin. We have to make it personal.
Too many people want to generalize things and by doing so they can avoid putting themselves in with all the others. It is like they think they are too good or something. Every person born since Adam is infected with sin and only Jesus has the cure for sin. He gave Himself to be sin for us. He never knew sin; but, became sin for us (II Corinthians 5:21).
The Bible tells us what Jesus did to cure this sin problem that we are all infected with. Look at John 3:17, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
Now, you and I are at a crossroad. We can choose to trust Jesus as our Saviour or we can choose to reject Him. The choice is your’s to make.
Jesus is a hot topic this day and age. Those who hate Him seek to obliterate His precious name from all of life. They can take away His precious name; but, they cannot obliterate Him. Praise the LORD!
I was thinking after hearing my friend Evangelist Dale Tilley preach yesterday evening. I am going to share some of his thoughts over the next couple days.
First of all Jesus is the Sinless Man. Look at II Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” There it is. We have proof that Jesus was sinless; but, became sin for you and I so that we could become the righteousness of God.
I remember a few months ago a television show launched titled “Black Jesus”. It pictured our LORD Jesus Christ as a pot smoker and many other vile things. It is blasphemous! You see, the world wants to drag Jesus down to their level. They want to make Him just like them. This will never happen. He is the Sinless Son of God!
What do you think about Jesus? Is He God or is He not.? Your answer or what you believe about Jesus could mean an eternity without Him in a real place called Hell.
I remember working with a man at the fairs that was winning people as fast as he could talk to them. When questioned by someone in charge of the booth it was discovered that said man was telling people that if they get saved all their problems will just melt away like butter. Wrong!
Most often life does not get any better; but, it tends to get worse. When a person is not saved he poses no threat whatsoever to the enemy of our soul. It is when we trust Jesus Christ that our enemy takes notice and begins to do everything possible to render us useless to our LORD.
You see, suffering is looked at as punishment; and, in some cases it is punishment. In other cases it is a form of character building. Someone said that what does not kill you will make you stronger. I don’t know about the truth of that; but, it seems to make sense.
I don’t know why I (and others) seem to think we should be exempt from suffering. I mean Jesus Himself suffered greatly. Look at II Corinthians 1:5, “For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.” So, the next time we suffer we need to remember that Jesus suffered infinitely more than we ever will and that we will not be exempt from suffering until we get to Heaven.