What is love? (pt 6) For God So Loved YOU

The mebell-with-red-bowssage of the Advent is a simple one actually. It is all about the Love of God on full display. Man is not a ‘giver’ by nature. Man has to be begged, coaxed, prodded and sometimes humiliated into giving. Man is loving toward his family and usually to his friends but to strangers and enemies, he is not.

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In the Advent, we are reminded that God is a giving God and that no matter who you are, what you have done, God loves you. “For God so loved the world (all the people), He gave His only begotten Son…….”

God loving you is not enough to get you to heaven. God sent his son so that “whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. Onlymanger-cross through Jesus Christ can you be saved and that was God’s plan from the beginning. He gave His son as a sacrifice for YOUR and MY Sin. Jesus was sent to pay the price for the sin of the world. And yes, we all have sinned (Romans 3:23). By accepting Him as your Lord and Savior you make the decision to ‘not perish but have everlasting life’, aka ‘to be saved’. You can argue with the plan all you care to, but it doesn’t change the fact that God loves you and made a way to safety (eternal life) for you. You have to decide to accept it.

Many of us memorized John 3:16 as youngsters, even before we were saved. I can remember learning this verse as a child, many years before I was saved. That seed was in me from an early age. When I came to the full knowledge that I needed God, that seed had become a full blooming plant. However it wasn’t until a few years later that someone actually told me how to be saved. How to accept Christ as my Saviour.

As I have grown in my faith, I have come to realize that the Birth of Christ is the first step on earth toward the Cross. It is at the Cross where we understand what Christ has done for us as sinners. It is there we find the blood of Christ that washes away our sins. It is at the Cross we learn the suffering Christ went through for me.. and for you. There is a Southern Gospel song that says ‘When He was on the Cross, I was on His Mind’. That is a powerful thing to come to grips with. Even more powerful in that you understand that this was the goal even in the manger.

Here is the Florida Boys doing that wonderful song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pebeyj3qfFQ
Enjoy.

I realize that this is quite a different kind of Christmas message than what you normally hear or read, but the whole reason for Jesus’s coming was redemption. Your redemption as well as mine. God loves you that much. In the same discourse where Jesus told us about God’s love and redemption, he also explained that it was our choice, not Gods.

John 3:17 “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” 18 “¶He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” 19 “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” 20 “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” 21 “But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

May we all be those that share the light of Christ with the entire world. We are a witnesses for Christ whether we want to be or not. May God help us understand that and let Christ shine through us at all times.

Merry Christmas to you and your entire family.silver-bell-ringing

May God bless the reading of this teaching. Amen!
If you need to know Christ or share Christ with others, here is a link to find out how.
Roman Road to Salvation

 

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