Sunday, April 9, 2017

Death is a Reality On Earth But not if you have received Christ

How would you feel if you were told you were going to die tomorrow and the only way to life is the cross of Jesus Christ? Hmmm?

Unfortunately, we even as Christians take life for granted sometimes or maybe all the time. This is bad. A really bad problem indeed.

Fortunately, we as believers, have the cross to look to.

What if the answer to life isn't the cross of Jesus? News flash: it is!

Take these verses in for a minute and let them reprimand you for a legacy:

Isaiah 55:6-13 NIV
[6] Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. [7] Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. [8] “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. [9] “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. [10] As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, [11] so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. [12] You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. [13] Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord's renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.”
Malachi 3:6-7 NIV
[6] “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. [7] Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. “But you ask, 'How are we to return?'
1 Peter 2:22-24 NIV
[22] “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” [23] When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. [24] “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
1 Peter 2:24 NIV
[24] “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

I am trying to paint a picture here of what life on earth, as I said before, should look like. 

If you have never received Christ, now is your only chance to do so. Without Christ, you are not really living in the Spirt because you are dead in Him, but alive with the world!

May God bless you and may you be at full peace with him and man.


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