Today, is Sonday; my Lord's day! Time to worship!
As per normal, I left home this morning and made my way to the cemetary before going to worship, to visit my deceased husband Gordon's grave. Once again, while peering down at his and my grave marker, I wondered what I was doing there. After all, while Gordon's body may be buried there, he is certainly not there.
He's in heaven. With Jesus!
How do we know this? God made a plan of redemption for us and explained it to us in 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."
Yes, friend. God the Father created the plan, so that all who would trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ, would be saved from an eternity in hell.
Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, came to earth fully aware of what He needed to do to fulfill God the Father's plan. He came of His own freewill. Jesus didn't have to come to fulfill our Father's plan, but He did so, in obedience.
He suffered here on earth, in many ways. He was tempted by Satan. Was mocked and beaten. Tortured and nailed to a wooden cross he dragged to the hill on Calvary, where He gave His life for me... and for you, if you are trusting in Jesus.
When Jesus hung on the cross and gave His life for my sin and yours, He fulfilled Old Testament prophesy. In Isaiah 53:5, we're told, "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
Before his death at Calvary, Jesus told us in John 3:7, "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." How does a person become born again? Simply by trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, where He died for my sin, your sin and for the sin of all who will believe.
What if Jesus had not been obedient?
If Jesus had not come to earth in obedience, to become the sacrifice to end all sacrifices, we would not believe upon Him and trust Him for our salvation. Because, He wouldn't have been here on earth. And consequently, would have been left without a way to enter heaven.
Friend, if Jesus had not come to make a way where there wasn't one for your salvation and mine, our future would be very different. Without a saviour, we would be all headed to the lake of fire, at the end of our lives.
Because, we are told in Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;". And, God cannot stand sin. How do we remove our sin?
By being washed in the blood of Jesus!
Gordon had believed on Jesus and trusted Him for his salvation, just as I do. On our grave marker, we have inscribed the verse of Acts 16:31, "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and
So, I am asking you, if you are not already believing on/trusting in Jesus Christ, for your salvation, please do so, now. We are not guaranteed tomorrow.
I know I'd like to see you, in heaven at the end of our lives.
Until next time...
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