In our last blog, we discussed the theme of restoration for humanity. When sin entered into the world, God had a plan to save His children. He sent His son to die for our sins, in order for us to obtain eternal life. Let’s explore the theme of Christ dying for our sins.
Many of us do not realize that this was a voluntary act. Jesus had a choice of wanting to die for the sins of humanity. Without hesitation, Jesus knew what He had to do. Throughout His time on Earth, He was persecuted from the manger to the cross, and He was falsely accused for our sins. Even with all of the drama that took place throughout His life, Jesus kept focused on His mission. He wanted to do everything He possibly could do, just so that you and I could spend eternity with Him. Why? Simply put, Heaven would not have been the same without you.
Can you imagine that? Did you know that if you were the only person in this planet, Jesus still would have come down to die for you? When you think of God in this way, I pray that your heart will be softened to hear Him calling you even now to accept His gift of salvation.
As sons and daughters of God, we must realize that we were bought with a price on the cross. Jesus “paid” the penalty. Right? So, He “bought” us and He claims us as His own.
What does this mean? This means that our lives are not our own. When we accept the gift of salvation, we need to be the people that God calls us to be. 1 Peter 2:9 says, “ But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” Amen. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Amen. We know that sin represents darkness and God represents light. We need to be representatives of the One who died for us! We need to reflect the light of heaven in our lives. Why? Because we are “a chosen generation”. God’s love deemed us worthy of being chosen.
How can we apply this practically? Everything that we say and do should reflect God’s character. That means that the way we eat, the way we dress and the way we interact with others should give glory to God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Amen.
Now, there may be many things holding us back from doing the things that God wants us to do, but there’s a word that makes it easier: LOVE.
When we truly love the Lord and when we realize all that He has done for us, our lives will never, ever be the same. Our diet will be different, our dress will be distinct, and our very countenance will reflect the joy of heaven! Amen.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17).