Sunday, April 20, 2014

Word of the Day... April 20, 2014....

 What Easter Truly Means to Me

Last night my husband and I watched the Passion of the Christ and I have to say no matter how many times I watch that movie I cry.  It really hurts me to see the pain that Jesus endured for all of us.  I have heard people say “It was the Jews that killed him” or “It was the Romans that killed Him!” To be honest it was neither of them that killed my Jesus.  It was LOVE that put Jesus up on that cross to die an unbearably painful death for each and every one of us.

You see Jesus knew that we would be judged on our merit and He knew that every single one of us would fall short.  The Bible says:  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).  Without His love and saving grace we would all be doomed.  For the punishment for sin is death.

God originally created the earth and man perfect.  But when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and rebelled against Him and sinned, He had to punish them.  The punishment for sin is death.  God being a righteous judge could not pardon our sin. Likewise, overlooking sin would make the holy God unjust. Death is God’s just consequence for sin. The Bible says “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Even good works cannot make up for wrongs against the holy God. Compared to His goodness, “Our righteousness is as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).

 Ever since Adam’s sin, every human that has ever lived has been guilty of disobeying God’s righteous laws. Sin is not just big things like murder or blasphemy, but also includes the love of money, hatred of enemies, a lying tongue and pride. Because of sin, every one of us  deserves death eternal separation from God in hell.

The promise required an innocent death. Luckily for us we serve a very loving perfect God.  He knew what we were going to do and He sent His only Begotten Son to be our Lamb.  It would be through His shed blood on the cross that we would have forgiveness for our sin.  We have to remember that the Lord is a Holy God and He cannot let sin go unpunished and that is why Jesus came to earth.  He was born of a virgin, died on the cross for our sins and on the third day He arose from the dead!

The Scripture says, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Evidence affirms that the sinless Jesus bled and died on a cross. Most importantly, the Bible explains why Jesus’ death and resurrection provide the only entrance to heaven.

So How do we receive this free gift of salvation? We are saved by grace through faith. First, we must hear the gospel the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection (Ephesians 1:13). Then, we must believe—fully trust the Lord Jesus (Romans 1:16). This involves repentance, a changing of mind about sin and Christ (Acts 3:19), and calling on the name of the Lord (Romans 10:9-10, 13). Jesus tell us in the Bible:

 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again." “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second into their mother’s womb to be born!”  Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. John 3:3-6

If you want a new life in Christ Jesus, ask Him into your heart today.  Simply pray this:  Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You took the pain and the sins of world on the cross to give me new life. I ask You to come into my heart and to give me Your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive You now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow You and to serve You all the days of my life. Thank you so much for loving me, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.  If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus!  You are Born Again!  May God bless you and Happy Easter!!!


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