Saturday, January 26, 2008

The Message... it's the same Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Its' simple really, the message I mean. Jesus loves you! He came to this earth to live as an example of God's loves for you. He came to forgive you of your sins and give you eternal life. He died as a sacrifice for you and then rose from the grave three days after his death to live in Heaven and prepare a place for you to live with Him forever.

God is love, Jesus is love and the Spirit is love. The three are one but have different functions. The Father is God almighty, the creator of the universe and all that is in it. From beginning of time was also the Word (the son of God) who is Jesus, Jesus is God and He became flesh and walked among us to show us the way to eternal life. Jesus is our Savior. Since Jesus has gone to be with the Father in Heaven the good news is He has left us the Holy Spirit. The Spirit dwells within us when we understand and realize that we are sinners condemned to go to hell unless we realize our need for a Savior. When we finally call upon the name of Jesus to save us, His promise is that He will. At this moment the Spirit lives within us to guide us, to direct us, to convict us and to love us as we stumble and struggle to walk with the Lord through the rest of our days here on earth.

Our old nature still within us struggles in conflict with our new nature (the holy Spirit) within us every single minute of every day. That's why I say we stumble and struggle as we walk with the Lord every day.

But one day, life on earth will be over. We will take our last breath and die. Everyone will do this, everyone will die. I doubt that anyone believes they'll live forever. Everyone knows they will die. But not everyone believes in God, so not everyone will have eternal life. The bible says the names of those that belong to Jesus Christ will be found written in the Lambs book of life. Death can be a scary thing to endure for sure, but to die without Christ, is hell! Whatever pain or suffering you endure in your last days will be a cakewalk compared to what awaits the sinner not saved by the grace of God. Nothing I can say, nothing you can imagine can be as bad as it will be. NOTHING. Plead all you want on Judgement day, but your name will not be there in that book if you have not called on the name of Jesus to save you before now.

People ask, if God is love why would he not allow everyone to go to heaven? Doesn't he love all of his creation. The answer of course is... yes he does. That's why He provides a way to live with Him eternally. That's why He sent his son Jesus to live and die as the payment for your sin. That why He has sent His Spirit to live within you until the day you are with Him in Heaven. He loves you that much!

Don't ask why God decided to offer His gift of eternal life this way? Just accept it and choose life. You either believe... or you don't. If you believe, then give your life to Jesus Christ and make Him lord over all of your life. If you don't believe... then fall on your face and ask for God to reveal himself to you so you can believe and thus be saved. The truth is this... Jesus Christ is the way to eternal life... PERIOD.

Here's the message, plain and simple:

John 3:16
"For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

I challenge you to read the entire Chapter of John 3. Jesus is teaching a man named Nicodemus. Nicodemus has all kinds of questions for Jesus. he sees that Jesus has the power of God within him and he believes this because of all the miracles he's seen Jesus do. Only God can do that. But even so, Nicodemus doesn't understand what it means to be born again and he has other questions that you may have as well. So Jesus teaches this man, and us, the truth of the message he brings. Read Chapter 3 of the book of John. May the Spirit convict your heart and may you respond in faith to Jesus Christ as your Savior.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father. May the person that reads this devotion clearly see the message of your love for them. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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