This is a message, that was preached recently by the youngest minister at my church.
15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
As believers, we often talk about the finished work at the cross, but if we were to ask someone on the street what this means, many people would not be able to explain it; This may even be true of some Christians.
I Corinthians 1:17-18
17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
This passage begins by specifying that when we preached the Gospel, we shouldn’t use our own flawed opinion or human psychology. Honestly, the things that occurred in the Bible will go against our limited human logic. In order for us to win souls to Christ, these individuals must choose to believe on Jesus Christ by faith. Coming to church does not save a person, Reading the Bible does not save a person. A person must recognize that they are a sinner, have a desire to turn away from doing sinful things; And then believe that Jesus Christ loves them enough to die for them and that He can empower them to live a victorious life.(Ephesians 2:8-9)
There are other religions that teach that other people can forgive sins, however Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”(John 14:6) Our Christian brothers and sisters can do things like: pray with us, offer encouraging words, and serve as accountability partners, however ultimately it is Jesus Christ who is the source of all of the solutions we need. We honestly, need Jesus more than we realize. In the times we are now living in, good is called evil, evil is called good.
It is only by God’s grace that we are able to make it from day to day. So what is grace? Grace is God’s unmerited favor upon men and women. This is an important truth to keep in mind, because there are many people who operate under the belief that since they go to church and perform good deeds, that they deserve to be blessed. This belief of entitlement is a clear sign of pride.
Prideful arrogance is a nasty, ill force which is one of the biggest threats within today’s churches. There are those who worship God on Sunday morning, but then they decide that they want to push God aside throughout the week, by taking matters into their own hands. We have to get to the point where we are saying to ourselves and the Lord, “Lord, I am totally depending on You to be my guide and adviser, every moment and every hour.”
Once we were lost, however when Jesus was nailed to the cross, all of our sinful ways were nailed to the cross with Him. When He died and was buried in the tomb, our sinful ways were buried with Him, however on the third day, when Jesus Christ rose we rose with Him to a victorious new life in the family of God.
When we got saved, we were reconciled back to God. We were washed in the blood of the Lamb, and saved by grace.
Healing and deliverance are found at the cross. God is saying to His church, “Come back to the cross.” He is saying to the world, “Come to the cross.
Written By Minister Emmanuel Bryant
There is no better time than right now to place your trust in Jesus Christ. I will list two prayers to show how simple it is:
Prayer of Salvation:
God, I come to you, confessing that I am a sinner.
I Repent of all my wrongdoings, and I ask for your forgiveness.
I now confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, died for my sins, and rose again for my justification.
I invite Jesus to; come into my heart, clean up my life, and guide my decisions from this day forward.
Thank You, Jesus for saving me!
Or you can simply say: “Jesus, please save me.”
If you prayed either of these prayers, and meant it from your heart, then you are now a part of God’s family. Your name has been written in the Book of Life, and therefore when your mortal life ends you will live forever with Jesus Christ.
Begin studying God’s Word. A great place to start is to read the Gospel of John, then Matthew, then Romans, then Acts. This will give you a foundation of the teachings of Jesus and how He desires that we successfully navigate this mortal life.
I will encourage you to also find a good church home, where the true Word of God is being preached. Always remember that your salvation is not based on politicking with church leaders, how well you dress, how well you sing, how much money you put in the offering pan, etc… Your salvation is built upon your acceptance of Jesus as your personal Savior, and your commitment to growing to know Him more and more each day, through prayer, studying the Bible, and interacting with other “born again” Christians, who sincerely encourage you to grow spiritually.
God Bless You, and if we don’t meet in this mortal life, I pray we will meet in heaven.