Love and Forgiveness

God is a loving and forgiving God.  He is also just and sin is detrimental to any relationship with him.  Sin cannot be in His presence.  But, He wants to have a relationship with us and He loves us so much that He provided a way to atone for our sins.  As the Israelites, His chosen people, were delivered from the bondage of the Egyptians, a system was created to appease God of sin.  That is a long story for another time, but basically, a blood offering was needed,  a sacrifice for the sins of the people.  But, because of the sins of the people, including the priests, this was needed over and over, every year.  Read through Hebrews to learn more about this.  So, God the Father, sent His only Son, Jesus, who had no sin, to be that blood sacrifice to redeem all who believe.  Jesus Christ came to this earth, becoming fully man and fully God, giving freely His life, taking the sins of the world on His shoulders, being nailed to a cross and being raised from the dead on the third day.  He showed true love, unconditional love.  Because of what Christ did, we can be forgiven.
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Jesus in Psalm 22

Bible2I was going through a study in Hebrews and the teacher described the quote in Hebrews 2 from Psalm 22.  I thought it was interesting how the first half of the Psalm depicts Jesus thoughts on the cross; the second half were His thoughts and the results of the cross after His resurrection.  Our salvation is dependent on both His death and resurrection.  It is through His death our sins are washed away; it is through His resurrection that death and sin are conquered and those of us who trust in the Lord will be forgiven and will live in eternity with Him. Continue reading “Jesus in Psalm 22”

Why Did Jesus Come?

Most of us know the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We know that He died for our sins.  How?  Why did He have to die for our sins?  That could be a complete study in itself.  All have sinned.  All of us are guilty.  God is just and there is a payment that is needed to cleanse us of our sins.  We must be “clean” to be in His presence.  So God, in His justice and His love, provided a way to pay the penalty.  He provided a sacrifice.  The sacrifice must be pure, must be clean, without blemish.  Only in His Son, is this possible.  He loved us so much that He provided His Son to pay that penalty.  Jesus took the sins of all the world, placed them on His shoulders and gave His life on the cross.  That is what Good Friday is all about. Continue reading “Why Did Jesus Come?”

God’s Grace Frees Us from Sin

Now that you have accepted God’s grace and have received salvation, what next?  As you have become a child of God, the Holy Spirit indwells you.  The Holy Spirit, Who convicts you of sin, guides you and prays for you.  This is where the change in life begins.  Many people nowadays steer away from the subject of sin.  But, sin is real and God hates sin.  Yes, I said it.  God hates sin.  But through Christ, you are freed from a life of sin.  You will still sin, but you will no longer be in bondage to it and that will diminish as you live for Him, stay in God’s word, and continue in prayer.  Your desires will be that of righteousness and the desires of sin will be washed away.  There will be a battle within you, but now you can claim victory over sin.  There is a continual growth throughout the rest of your life (Christians have a fancy word for this called “sanctification”).  This will be a process.  We must put away our old self, for that person has died and begin living a new, vibrant life full of love and joy that one can only obtain through the Holy Spirit (see the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23). Continue reading “God’s Grace Frees Us from Sin”