“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6)
Salvation, being put in right relationship with God, is not based on theological theories or human stores. Beloved, it is base on the historical act of Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross for us all.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we must never forget that God allowed His Son, our Lord and Savior to live on this earth to fully understand human beings and how they reacted to all kinds of situation. After walking through Israel for three years, He allowed His Son to be beaten, made fun of, and be brought to the edge of death by the Romans, and was then made to carry His own cross up to Golgotha, where He was crucified on a cross and mocked by the crowds, all to provide salvation for us. He died a horrible death, to restores our relationship with the Father for all times. It is in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“We’re supposed to have character and morals, instead some people it’s funny to just be a character.”
“Then Christ would have to had to suffer many times since he creations of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of he ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.” (Hebrews 9:26)
Christ’s salvation is not based on a religious cycle in which rituals must be repeated at prescribed intervals to ensure salvation. Christ provided salvation in a one time historical act which cannot and need not ever be repeated. His act separated time itself into the age of promise and the age of salvation.
“They were all filled with awe and praised God. ‘A great prophet has appeared among us,’ they said. ‘God has come to help his people.’” (Luke 7:16)
Jesus’ miracles revealed His divine power. In Him, God had entered history to redeem His people. The Bible repeatedly underlines the historical nature of salvation.
The resurrection of he widow’s son in Nain was a sign that God had come in Jesus of Nazareth to deliver His people. Their awe and praise reflected their salvation. Faith begins with awe and reverence for God.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of he temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, ‘Surely this man was the Son of God!’” (Mark 15:37-39)
The death of an individual at a specific moment in history at the hands of a human government is the central event of salvation. This is true because the individual was the Son of God. The crucifixion reveals how seriously God takes history as His arena of action rather than limiting Himself to an isolated heavenly world of divine beings.
We are currently living in uncertain times, yet the people of the 1st century were doing the same thing as we are. Some are maintaining their faith, believing the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection that had come from scripture and saw in Jesus the true Messiah, the Son of God; others are trying to play it safe and going through motions of church attendance, though not committed to fulfilling the mission of Christians to continuing to take the message of salvation any further than a couple of hours at church; and then there are those who openly reject the whole concept of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. To the first group I would say, continue to believe and take the message as far as you can; to the second group I would say, quit fooling yourself and living a lie but telling others you believe, as even Satan knows who Jesus is and wanted to be like Him; and to the third group I would simply tell them the stories from the Bible from Creation to the Exodus to entering the Promised Land, and that God’s Son, Messiah, would come into the world and fulfilled prophecy. God the Son lived both fully human and fully divine, and died on the cross for our sins. Tell them that we can be forgiven our sins by humbly confessing our sins with the thought not to repeat them, and then live obedient lives in full belief that God is just alive as He was when He created this world and everything and everyone in it.
It’s not sheep following sheep, blindly going where the sheep is going, it is following the Shepherd, who loves us and seeks the best for each one of us. By our accepting Him through His Son Jesus, we will one day all be reunited in the kingdom of heaven, instead of finding ourselves in the lake of fire with Satan. Your choice.