Friday, April 14, 2017
April 14, 2017
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!
Since today is Good Friday and this Sunday is Easter, I thought it appropriate to step away from our Old Testament study and take a look at the New Testament.
How can I share the gospel with someone who may be visiting this blog for the first time?
I think the first step is our believing that the Bible was written as direct revelation of God to the men who wrote it. All of this has to be taken as truth by faith.
Next, looking at the life of Jesus Christ. He was Deity in diapers, as Swindoll put it. His conception and birth was a miracle in itself. Jesus came to earth with a purpose-to be Savior.
Third, His life was one of a perfect man and sinless. He performed many compassionate miracles, taught the truth of the Old Testament, and came to fulfill the Law.
Fourth, Jesus endured the false accusations and trials, beatings, and the pain of desertion and ultimately death on the cross. All was because He loved us so much that Jesus was God in man form, the expected Messiah, the Savior of mankind.
Last, Jesus was placed in a highly guarded tomb after He died. After 3 days, He arose from the dead and appeared to many people as evidence of His resurrection. Jesus Christ is not a dead man, but a Living Savior! He wants to give us eternal life with Him. Will you believe this?
You see, we all sin. There is no way we can do enough good works in order to meet God's requirements for payment for sin. It's just that we have to come to the point of admitting it-we are sinners in need of a Savior. Sin separates us from God, for He cannot look upon sin. Jesus is our way to come to God, the bridge so to speak. Now, it is one of God's rules-sin must be paid for by the shedding of blood. In order for us to not have to pay for our sins, we ask Jesus to be the propitiation, our substitute, for our sins, so to speak.
his happens when we ask Him to forgive us of our sins and be our Savior.
Here are some verses to confirm this:
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal lie through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9)
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)
For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8)
So dear one, have you asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins and be your Savior? His loving arms are open wide, waiting.
An update on Rose, my sister in law: They began heading home yesterday and should arrive today! We are so excited and grateful for God sparing her life.
Have a wonderful Easter celebration Sunday!