To the Roman soldiers, the cross was the most barbaric way to kill those who were criminals or had seditious ideas against the empire that they had tried to carry out. To most Christians, the cross is the way that our Lord was killed to pay for our sins. What does it mean to you? The cross and the death of Jesus is the only way to gain your salvation from your sins. Belief in Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross for your sins is the only way to be saved.
Living your life for Jesus and following Him is not an easy way to live. Many people will “try” Christianity but when it gets hard and you have to give up something that you don’t want to give up…you might turn away from Him. How can anyone live as a Christian in our world? We cannot do it on our own strength but when you allow the Holy Spirit to come into your heart and change you…deeply, then and only then can you live the way Jesus intended.
Some people think it takes a lot of faith to come to know Jesus. It only takes a grain of faith the size of a mustard seed but that seed of faith will grow when you begin your journey with Jesus! Reading God’s Word and praying to know the meaning of it will help you grow in faith. Your life after you begin this journey will not be easy because Satan will try to get in your way, and stop you from being the person that God wants you to be. As long as you depend on His strength to carry you through those hard times, others will see the evidence of Jesus in your life even if you don’t tell anyone about your faith.
Jesus died on the cross because it is a symbol of faith and it is present in many parts of God’s creation and in many languages. There is a protein in our bodies that resembles a cross. It is called laminin and it essentially holds the cell membranes together. Here is a picture of it:
That is an electron microscope picture/drawing of the molecule itself and if that doesn’t look like a cross then I need better glasses than I have. God has placed the symbol of our salvation even inside our cells. This didn’t happen by accident. He knew that mankind would look into the structure of our cells and see this. Whether they associated it with Jesus or Christianity would be up to the individual and their beliefs, but it would still be there.
Jesus came to be your Savior and He accomplished all that was needed to be that and more. All that you need to do is accept the gift of salvation through faith in Him and turn away from your old, sinful ways and follow Him from this point on. It won’t be easy but the eternal benefits are fantastic!
What do you have faith in today? Is it in your financial situation or maybe your job? Do you have faith that your family will be okay and that your home is secure from thieves? Do you have faith in anything?
The world around us asks us to trust or have faith in it and in all of the “promises” made by politicians who run our government but why should we? They make promises and then break them before they sit down in the office they were put in. In the past couple of years, the entire world has seen the “truth”, if you can call it that, of how politicians run their mouths and tell us many things that can’t be verified yet they want us to “trust” that they have our best interest in mind.
Most of those in office have been there long enough that they are wealthy to the point of being above the laws that they pass for the rest of us. They don’t actually represent us anymore because they don’t know what it feels like to be unable to pay for your groceries and your electric bill too. Many people, myself included, have to choose which bill we can pay or even whether we can afford to buy our groceries. Our “representatives” in Congress don’t know how that feels and likely don’t remember it even if they did.
One thing that Christians should remember during this trying time that we are going through is that God looks at your heart and He doesn’t care about the amount you give to Him but how you give it. He knows your heart and He can see if you are giving out of duty or if you are giving to Him cheerfully because you are grateful for what you have been given. We should place our faith in Him and His provision for us and not in the world around us. I am not speaking of giving money, although that may be part of your offering to Him, but also your time and your prayer life and in studying His Word. This is part of your giving to God that which you are grateful for.
When we give our lives daily to Him, He honors us with blessings that we may not see immediately but they come to us in ways that we will understand later. Seek Him and serve Him every day, not just on Sunday or Wednesday or even on the original Sabbath of Saturday. He gives us the air that we breathe and the food for our tables and the ability for us to serve Him in ways that we don’t understand yet. God does this not because it is required but because He loves us and we should reflect that love back to Him in our everyday lives.
This post is about only one piece of news: Jesus is the Messiah and the Savior of the whole world!
He came as a baby and was born in a stable with only a feeding trough for a bed, wrapped in swaddling cloths. God came to us in human form as Jesus the Christ. Born of the virgin Mary, betrothed to Joseph. He came to live as one of us, tempted as we are and feeling all of the pain and the problems that we have but He did it without sin. Something that we can’t do on our own.
Jesus came not to rule or to reign as a conqueror but as the Savior of mankind! In the few years of His ministry, Jesus healed many of their afflictions and raised some from being dead. He saved us from being dead toward God because of our sins and He gave us the ability to come before God with our prayers and our problems. We need to take this information out to the world around us and let everyone see that Jesus is the only way to be saved from our sins and from hell itself.
So, why did God send His Son to be the Messiah, the Savior of the whole world? Because He loves all of you so deeply He didn’t want any of you to be separated from Him. But, there are always going to be some people who don’t want to live as a Christian believer in Jesus and His sacrifice. Why? Because they want to help God save them by doing some things their way and not God’s way. Sounds a little crazy doesn’t it? I mean, why would God need our help to save us from an eternity in hell? The answer is…He doesn’t! All that we need to do is believe that He loves us enough that He made it possible for us to have salvation through His Son, Jesus, just by believing in Him and the work that only He could accomplish. That’s how the thief was saved. All that he could do was ask Jesus to remember him when He came into His Kingdom and Jesus told him that “today you will be with Me in Paradise”.
It only takes belief in Jesus’ atonement for you and a determination to follow Him for the remaining time that you have on Earth.
Jesus said through the apostle Paul that we should love each other and be kind one to another. Is that happening today? I think if you are honest with yourself when you look around you or read a newspaper (if anyone does that anymore), then you know we aren’t being kind or considerate to each other…even in our churches. God knows every word and every thought that goes through your mind, whether you belong to Him or not, and we all will be held accountable for those thoughts and words.
So…what would you do? Would you pay for someone’s groceries or maybe a meal if you had the chance and the ability to do so? Would you do it without drawing attention to yourself? Life is short and many of us may not see another birthday so why can’t we be more like Jesus and treat everyone as if they are our brother or our sister? I don’t mean that we should be like a brother or sister to them, I mean we should be a brother or a sister in Christ to everyone we meet. At work or at the store or the gas station. Every little kindness can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
Today there are so many selfish people that you see and hear on the news and in other places until it looks like our world is getting worse, more evil than good. It also seems that there are more people looking out for just me, myself and I today. It is very sad to see this happening but it is also part of prophecy that points to the time that Jesus will come for His Bride, the church. It also shows that the time for His appearing is getting much closer than it has been.
God loves every person on Earth but He doesn’t approve of the way they are living. Some are living in sinful lifestyles. Some are worshiping “false gods”. Some don’t care to believe in God or religion of any kind but one day in the near future every person will bow before the King of Kings, even Satan himself. Not one person on this world is guaranteed the arrival of another birthday. I pray that everyone who reads this will seek out Jesus as their Savior and Lord because if you don’t do it in this life, there is no second chance when this life is over.
In our world today there seems to be a LOT to be worried about. When you look around the world and on all of the media outlets…there seems to be more and more to be worried about. The news and every “pundit” that is on any channel seems to be pushing us to be constantly worried about something. My problem with the news today is that there are no actual news stories. We get a few seconds of what I call “blurbs” and then minutes worth of drug advertisements. We used to get real, actual news from the nightly news but now I don’t know if there is any news outlet that can be trusted and that is a true shame.
I am showing my age here but I remember Walter Cronkite and the news then. What we have now is a bunch of advertisements and some snippets of content and occasionally a heart-wrenching story at the very end. Sometimes the ending story is heart-warming too but why can’t there be more actual news today?
I know, this blog has always been about salvation through Jesus Christ, but I have to vent sometimes. Why is there no notice of anything that has been foretold in God’s Word? I know that most news programs don’t want to focus on anything that is religious especially if it involves Christianity or Judaism but God is pushing His agenda forward whether you are noticing it or not. Worry? Why? God is still in control of everything even if the world around us can’t see it.
Looking at the news and everything that is happening in the Middle East with spiritual eyes and with the Bible as a lens to see what is really happening…it is easy to see His hand moving the pieces. I pray that everyone who reads these posts will seek your salvation through Jesus Christ.
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. 16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods;
Joshua 24:15-16 KJV
Who is God to you? Is He your Savior, your Creator, and a friend that you can turn to when things go wrong? Do you realize how awesome God really is or do you just think of Him as a genie or some “Santa Clause”? God can come to your aid when you need Him and He will but realize that He is with you all of the time.
We tend to put God in a box that is the size of a small book so we can handle being around Him. We don’t like to think about Who He is because our brains can’t comprehend Him! What do I mean by that? If you have ever read an article about astronomy, do you remember how truly huge our universe is? Astronomers tell us that it is approximately 14 billion light-years to the edge of the universe. Each light-year is approximately six trillion miles! I’m not going to multiply that number to find the distance in miles to the edge of the universe but God’s Word says that God stretched out the fabric of space like a sheet or a scroll!
Think about that…God stretched out space like a sheet! He is bigger than those trillions of miles and yet a part of Him resides inside your heart if you truly belong to Him. He is everywhere and yet we still try to squeeze Him down to a manageable size so that our mind can handle Him. Why would you do that? Because we can’t truly comprehend God, but we don’t have to. Just live your life as a Christian and follow Jesus. He said for us to follow Him and we should. Read the Bible every day, think about what you have read, and pray to the Writer (Who is God) of it so you can understand it and His message for you.
Each person has a purpose that is ordained by God and we are supposed to look for that purpose in His Word. Your purpose is in there but it takes time and study to find it. Your purpose won’t jump out of the page or the chapter and hit you in the face, but with study and prayer, you will feel it in your Spirit. His Spirit is present in every true believer because it was His Spirit that got your attention when you gave your life to Him. God loves you and He has a purpose and a plan for your life and He will equip you to accomplish it.
Will God make your life easy? No! Will He give you everything that you want? No! Jesus said that we would have trials and troubles in this world during our life as a Christian and a follower of His! Some people think that being a Christian is easy but it isn’t. If you depend on God for your provision it may seem to be an easy life to someone outside your home because the “drama” doesn’t happen the way it does for everyone else. Seek Him first when you wake up in the morning…begin your day talking to Him first, thank Him for another day that you have to be used by Him for His Kingdom.
God is close to you if you are a Christian. He is even closer than your own skin because He is in your heart so you are never alone. Prayer is your lifeline and your connection to your Savior and your Creator and that connection never fades. It grows stronger as you study His Word and get closer to Him each day. Don’t neglect your relationship with Him. Treat your Bible like your phone, take it with you everywhere. Even if you can’t read, get a copy of it on CD or USB and play it in your car or on your computer or TV. After a while, you will have His Word in your mind well enough to bring it to mind whenever you need it.