God hates sin and cannot coexist with it. Because Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice for us — all of us, from the first person to the last person, our sins are forgiven. If Jesus had not died for us, we would not have forgiveness! Now, that is a scary thought! Jesus, the Lamb of God, was perfect in every way and was sent to earth to bear the punishment for all our sins. He didn’t deserve it, yet became the ultimate sacrifice for us all. In this, He became our precious and perfect Holy Savior.
Have you ever said something in haste or in anger to a friend and it severed your friendship? The two of you stopped speaking to one another and you now avoid one another. While words can’t be taken back, the friendship can be rescued with a sincere apology from one friend and forgiveness from the other. Romans 6:23a (ERV) reminds us that “when people sin, they earn what sin pays—death.” Sin can be the death of a friendship or it can be the death of a relationship with God. However, our relationship with God is not permanently severed for there is salvation to be found in one only—Christ Jesus, God’s sacrifice for His relationship with you.
Your camera roll probably includes pictures showing the happy reactions of people receiving gifts. These are photo worthy moments. Unwrapping the paper, opening the box and seeing the gift for the first time creates a memorable experience. It’s much more meaningful than clicking on “accept.” There is joy all around. God offers each of us an amazing, transforming gift. Salvation through Jesus Christ is freely offered to us all. Accepting this gift is the choice of a lifetime.
In Matthew 19:13, we read, “Then people brought little children to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them and pray for them.” Today, people bring their children to Jesus by bringing them to church, to be among believers and learn lessons from the Scriptures. Matthew also tells us, “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” (Matthew 19:14). As the children come to church, we want them to be unhindered and made to feel safe, secure, and welcome. Our Let’s Go campaign brings us another big step closer to gathering children together in a peaceful, spacious and functional setting.
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15. Imagine a person out on the sea after their boat capsized holding on to anything to stay above water. They’re out there for hours. It’s dark. It’s scary. It feels like it’s only a matter of time before the end. But then in the distance, they see a light from a lighthouse. If they can make it there, they will be saved. As Christians we serve as lighthouses to those who are in life and death situations. Shine your light. Search for the lost. Give them the words of hope and salvation.