I began a study on Revelation and among the many insights and truths mentioned in it at the closing of today’s Introductory lesson the pastor mentioned a verse from 1 John that had my heart exalting with praise for our Father, that we serve such a loving and merciful God.
I talk a lot about His love for us but it just completely amazes me the lengths He has gone to in showing us just how very much! I mean think about it, the God of the universe, the Creator became a man here on earth in the form of His most precious Son who then suffered arrest and persecution, torture, humiliation and ultimately crucifixion and death as the sacrifice to pay the debt for our sins. He became sin for Me! That is love people, unimaginable love! But it didn’t end there for once He was in the tomb He conquered death completely, rising as the first fruits of the resurrection on the third day, thereby assuring all who believe on Him in their hearts and confess so with their mouths that they also will share in the same glorious hope.
It is a result of that undeniable, unimaginable, unstoppable love in which we have our only true hope, Jesus Christ the Son of God, Light of the World, Savior of men’s souls.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10
I pray that you already know this, that you have already cried out to the Lord to save you, to allow you to accept that gift He gave so freely so lovingly. But if not then please do not let another night pass without doing so. It is not God’s will that any should perish but if a man dies without securing his soul eternally in the arms of the Savior that is exactly what will happen, he will perish cut off forever from the eternal, matchless love of the one who created him.
God is a holy and just God who created us to love and be loved, He created us to have a relationship with us, He wants to be our Father but when we reject Him by continuing to choose sin and the world over the eternal joys of serving and honoring our Father then we are like small children throwing away with both hands the very thing we most need and want. We all sin, every single one of us, and according to God’s law we are all guilty. That means we owe a debt just as a thief in a court would, a fine so to speak. The Bible tells us what that fine is… death. That’s a steep price to pay, but there’s some beautifully great news.
That debt was already paid 2,000 years ago when Jesus, God’s only begotten son, suffered and died on the cross at Calvary to pay it for you and me and every one. He died that we might live, but you have to ask Him to be covered by His sacrifice. You have to repent of your sins, turn from them, and ask Him to accept you, to come in and dwell in your heart changing you making you a new person. and saving you from eternal damnation separated from Him, separated from God. It is that simple and that hard. Repentance is hard, we don’t like admitting we are sinners, but we are. Turning from that sin is harder because Satan makes that sin look so very good, feel so very good. But sin is like drinking small amounts of poison everyday and letting it build and build in us till it destroys us completely. Sin is death, love is life. God loves you, Jesus died for you, what are you going to choice?