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As a kind of aside for any unbeliever reading this, whether you believe you are going to Heaven or not: if one puts his or her faith in Christ for the atonement of his or her sins, he or she will be saved. No one can earn their way to God or out of Hell’s reaches. If one turns to God in repentance, turning away from his/her life of sin, and put his/her faith in His Son, God saves that individual. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or choose to turn to God in repentance and faith in His Son. Only Jesus Christ can save you because of what He did; it does not depend upon anything good you try to do or have tried to do.
To my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has said,
I am with you always, to the end of the age.Matthew 28:20b
I’ve heard it could be said that what our Lord has said here is essentially, “I will be with you day in, and day out.” That is one of the many great promises I would remind you of. And it is a promise most certainly. Our Lord has said it, and thus it has been done, is being done, and will be done.
My brothers and sisters, we see great darkness, yet darkness has not and never will prevail against our Lord, from everlasting to everlasting (John 1:5).
To the children of God Almighty I say, you are loved by the Father, by the great King of all the Universe. If you have a child, the love you have for your son or your daughter is pitiful, absolutely pitiful, compared to the love of the Father for you.
By the Gospel we have our life and the righteousness of God is made clear (Romans 1:17, Romans 3:23-25). What greater gift than to pay the ransom for us prisoners? And we were not prisoners as though we were victims, mistreated and put in cages by evil men. We were not that, but we were murders, liars, adulterers, evil people locked up in sin and nearing eternal condemnation in the fires of Hell. You see, we were never deserving of freedom.
Yet, Christ bought us with His own life. His own breath, His own blood and sweat and agony unfathomable. And He did not merely buy us out of slavery and set us free from prison— He made us His children!
What one of us would break apart our relationship with our child or our mother, or father, or whoever the most dearly loved one in our life is, and kill them? What one of us would slaughter our own daughter or son for a criminal that has killed children? What one of us would murder our own precious boy or girl or mother or father for a rapist and a pedophile? More than that, to murder our own child for the rapist or pedophile and then adopt that criminal into our family? Call that wicked man a son or that evil woman a daughter? What one of us could do such a thing? I do not think I could ever raise my hand and say I would. At least in this life, and not by merit, not ever.
Yet God showed unmerited love infinite times more than that pathetic understatement of an analogy ever could depict for us. We can’t picture what kind of love could drive us to slaughter a beloved child for criminals that deserve nothing from us but pain and agony. Yet God did that for us, my brothers and sisters. He died for the sins of the world.
‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.’John 3:16-21
God sent Jesus to save. To save from what we never could and never can and never will be able to. God Himself was tortured to death and had the wrath of the Father poured out on Him. God Himself became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).
In times of darkness and struggle, we must understand who our Father is. We must understand our Father is good and works all things together for good for those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). We ought not fear because we are children of a perfect Father that does no wrong and loves His children incredibly. Christ demonstrated to us His love, showed us His love, by dying for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). While we did the very things that are appalling and offensive and disgusting to Him, He died for us.
And, if we have the kind of God that loves us like that, what are we to fear?
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?Psalm 27:1
Our Father is greater than any earthly father and loves us far more than anyone else does. Our Father is unchanging, perfect, kind, and slow to anger. We are weak in ourselves, but we are strong in Christ. The King is mighty and He will never fail His children, will never fail to give them exactly what they need exactly when they need it. Even if His children die in the body, they will be with Him (2 Corinthians 5:8).
He has promised this, and we know that His promises are true and will never fail us.
To the weak, you have a Father who is strong.
To the lonely, you have a Father who is ever-present.
To the down-trodden, you have a Father that knows and cares and IS in control and WILL provide for you.
To the faithful, your faith will be rewarded.
“And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.‘Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Please feel free to reach out if you have any needs, prayers, etc., whoever you are, wherever you are. Glory to our Almighty God and Father and to Jesus Christ His Son, and praise to Him forevermore and forevermore. And blessings to you my brothers and sisters. Amen.
All direct verse quotations are taken from the ESV
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