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And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

This passage of Scripture is referred to as the “Great Commission”.  These are the words Jesus says to His disciples before He ascends into heaven to be seated at the right hand of the Father.  There has been much written on this passage.  There has been much discussion on how we are to live out this commission.  That is what I would like to address in this post.  How are we to go about making disciples and baptizing them and teaching them to observe all the commandments of Jesus?  First lets take a look at the statement Jesus makes before the commission.

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”  Jesus is clearly telling the disciples who is in charge.  He is not stating that some authority has been given to Him.  He is not saying that He has some now and will get more later.  Jesus says that He has all authority now!  He is King and is ruling now at the right hand of the Father.

This statement is just as important as the last statement.  “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end  the age.”  The King of all is with us as we go out and do what He commissioned us to do.  We are not alone as we go and make disciples.

So how are we as Christians in this century supposed to go and make disciples?  Where can we look to see how this is done?  Perhaps there is a model for us in Scripture.

Let’s look first to how Jesus made disciples.  Jesus went out.  He went from town to town.  He went from town to town preaching.  He went from town to town preaching the good news of the Kingdom while often quoting Old Testament Scripture as well as performing many miraculous signs.

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17

The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling at His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered and said to them, It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:30-32

And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. Luke 9:23-26

These are just a few examples of what Jesus said to those who followed Him and wanted to become His disciples.  He did not hold back the truths of what it takes to be a true disciple of Jesus.  It starts with a repentant heart and then total trust in Jesus and leaving behind all selfish ambition.  Abiding totally in Jesus means a converted heart.  This will lead to the second directive in the great commission of baptizing in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As Jesus preached truth the result was many following and many leaving.  The more He called the religious elite out, the more they plotted to kill Him.

What examples of disciple making do we have from people other than Jesus?  For that we will look at a few passages from the book of Acts.  In the book of Acts we see the Apostles and other disciples spreading the Gospel of the Kingdom.  We see numerous people coming to faith in Christ repenting of their sins.

How did Peter make disciples?  Peter preached the Word.  He told the people who Jesus is using the Scriptures.  He boldly proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom as well as sometimes accompanying this with miracles by the Holy Spirit.  What was the result?

Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:37-47

Now let’s take a look at how Paul made disciples.  Also in the book of Acts, lets go to chapter 17.

Now when they had traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And according to Paul’s custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large number of the God-fearing Greeks and a number of the leading women. But the Jews, becoming jealous and taking along some wicked men from the market place, formed a mob and set the city in an uproar; and attacking the house of Jason, they were seeking to bring them out to the people. Acts 17:1-5

Here we see Paul, as we did with Peter, preaching to the Jews.  These were people who were familiar with the Scriptures.  This apparently wasn’t the first time Paul went to the places where the people were who Paul wanted to reach as we see it says it was his custom. We also see the result as many believed and many didn’t.  Some joined Paul in following Jesus and some wanted to stop him from preaching the Word.

Let’s take a look at how Paul reached the gentiles also in Acts 17.  The following is Paul preaching in the Areopagus, but what lead to this was Paul preaching in the open marketplace.  He was open air preaching and as a result he was able to deliver this sermon to an even bigger crowd.

So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”  Acts 17:22-31

What was the result?

Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer, but others said, “We shall hear you again concerning this.” So Paul went out of their midst. But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.  Acts 17:32-33

So by Paul preaching the Word of God, the Scriptures, to those who were familiar with the text had some people come with him and some not.  Then Paul preaches to unbelievers not familiar with Scripture using what they know, the creation, and takes them to the cross of Christ saying that God has revealed Himself and is declaring that all repent.  The result is the same.  Some believe and follow while others think he is crazy.

What can we learn about making disciples from the examples of Peter, Paul, and Jesus Christ Himself?  When the Word of God is preached people come to repentance and faith and are baptized, then they can learn to observe all the commandments of Jesus Christ.  The other result is unbelief, anger, and people wanting to shut up the Word of God.  But this is the primary tool to making disciples.  The proclamation of the Word of God.  The proclamation of the Gospel.  It is what the apostles preached.  It was what Jesus Christ preached.

But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.” Luke 4:43

Jesus preached about Himself and what He was doing for those who believe.  He lived the life He preached.  He died for those who believe and rose for those as well.  This is the message preached that the Holy Spirit uses to bring about repentance and faith.  It is from the Word of God that we get this message.

How do we make disciples?  Pray for the lost.  Go to the lost.  Tell them the Gospel.  Love them whether they receive the message or not.  Rely totally on God to make the seeds grow!!!  Do not wait to tell them when you are comfortable.  That is not in the Scripture.  Do not think you must invest years of friendship before you can tell them the most loving message ever.  Life is too short.  Jesus came with urgency.  The Apostles preached and moved around with urgency.  If we believe what we claim to believe we must preach the Gospel with urgency.  Yes with wisdom, courage, lead by the Holy Spirit and always with the love of Jesus.  But if they do not hear they can not be saved and can not be a disciple being baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holt Spirit learning to observe all the Jesus commanded.  Making disciples without preaching the Gospel is just a human attempt at behavior modification.

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Romans 10:17

If you are not a believer and made it to this part through all the Scripture, thank you.  I want you to know the good news.  We can’t earn heaven.  In fact we deserve hell.  Wait….. Where is the good news?  Here it is… God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect life that we are supposed to live but all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and the penalty of sin is death.  Then Jesus Christ died on a cross being tortured along the way before He was nailed to the tree.  That is the death you and I deserve.  Then He rose after 3 days in the grave proving He was who He said He was and now when we repent (turn from our sin) we are forgiven.  We get eternal life like Jesus.  We then follow Him as Lord putting of our old life of being a slave to sin and we are free in Jesus Christ.  Now on the day of judgment we stand before a Holy and just God and He doesn’t see our ugly sins.  He sees His beautiful Son who paid our penalty with His blood.  He paid our fine.  We are free.  Free in deed. This is good news!!!!  This is the best news ever!!!!!  This is the Gospel!!!!  Hear it!!!!!

I pray you believe this.  I pray you are free to be a slave to Jesus Christ.  I pray He takes your heart of stone and gives you a heart of flesh to repent and believe.  In the saving Name of Jesus Christ Lord and Savior I pray.  Amen!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  Romans 1:16

And the Sword of the Spirit

Posted: February 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

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But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'” Matthew 4:4

These are the words of Jesus as He was tempted in the wilderness by Satan.  From what is recorded in Scripture we know Jesus was tempted with three things.  Each time Jesus answered with Scripture.  Even Satan used Scripture to try and tempt Him.  What does this mean?  To me it means how highly Jesus thought of the Word.  It also means that the enemy knows the Word as well.  Don’t you think we should too?

I am sure many of you who profess Jesus Christ attend church each week.  Each week I hope the Pastor is teaching you the Word of God with expository teaching.  I hope he gets out of the way and explains what is there.  But is this enough for the Christian?  Is once a week in the Word enough to feed the Christian to fulfill the mission?  Is this what was done in Scripture itself?

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

According to Scripture a key component to making disciples is teaching them to observe what Jesus has commanded.  How can we teach if we don’t know what He commanded?  Where do we find His commandements?  The Bible!  Is learning once a week enough for a believer to be able to teach what Jesus has commanded?  Did Jesus just teach once a week?

Getting up, He went from there to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan; crowds gathered around Him again, and, according to His custom, He once more began to teach them. Mark 10:1

All throughout His ministry Jesus taught His disciples. He taught in the temple, synagog, homes, on mountains, as well as other places.  Was He just teaching a new philosophy on life?  Was He teaching a new law that He made up?  Or was He teaching what was already spoken by God?

But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”  Matthew 22:31-32

Jesus quoted the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible).  Was He doing this to show off?  No.  He also knew the people He was talking to had studied the Tanakh. They didn’t just learn once a week.   The teacher didn’t just teach once a week.  People were devoted to learning who God is.

There is a need for Christians to be students of the Word.  We have the written revelation that has been so well preserved.  We have a way for God to speak to us.  If we start looking elsewhere as Christians to have God speak to us then we don’t trust His Word.  Jesus trusted His Word.

I encourage you to be in your bible everyday.  Don’t just read it.  Study!  Meditate on it!  Ask your Pastors to offer more learning oppurtunites outside of Sunday if they don’t already.  I feel it is a responsibility of a church to provide these opportunities for the saints to learn.  True biblical teaching by someone trained to do so helps many to steer away from false teachers.  It helps us to know the gospel more clearly and to see when a preacher of lies is hiding in sheep’s clothing saying that you can have your best life now.  Also, knowing the gospel that saves will allow the saints to fulfill the commission and proclaim the gospel that saves. Amen!

Clear biblical teaching helps in so many other ways as well.  Just read what Paul wrote to Timothy.

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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I pray you get with the Word.  I pray you stay in prayer.  I pray you dig into knowing God in the beautiful gift of the bible.  So many have died for us to have this book in a language we can read.  It is a shame to not love the Word of God and the living Word Who died for the salvation of all who believe.  There is still a battle going on.  Although almighty God has won and Jesus Christ is reigning King, we still need to put on the armor, pick up the sword, and stand firm!

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:10-18

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I was once on a journey.  I was trying to find myself.  Isn’t that what life is about?  Trying to find out who you are and how you fit in this world?  Isn’t it about getting ahead, getting a degree, getting a job/career, getting a house, getting a wife and starting a family?  The list of stuff to go after is non-stop.  It is all part of the American dream.  You want it?  Go get it!  Just be nice along the way and the universe will move for you.

Is this what you believe?  If so, then what?  What happens when you get all you ever wanted?  What happens when you are living the dream?  What happens when you are suddenly on your death-bed or suddenly dead?  Will that house, car, wife, family, iPhone be of any use to you?

Sadly, some preachers even preach this.  It is refered to as the “prosperity gospel” or “name it claim it gospel”.  It is not the true gospel.  I once heard it said that he who dies with the most toys wins.  But in actuality, he who dies with the most toys dies just like everyone else.  The question goes back to, “then what?  Is it all over?  Did I amass all this stuff for my vapor of a life on earth and now nothing?  Or did I amass all this stuff in my vapor of a life on earth and it was my idol and I worshipped it instead of the creator of all?  Did I love stuff and hate God?  Did I love the dream and hate the Spirit?  Did I love the world and hate Jesus?”

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. James 4:14

“So what? My life is short.  So I am not supposed to pursue things.”  Here in America so many have the privilege to have stuff.  It is when the stuff becomes the focus.  But nothing matters at all if you do not know God.  Nothing matters at all if you are an enemy of God.  “So pursuing things makes me an enemy of God?”  If anything is put in front of your relationship with God you need to examine yourself to see if you are in the faith.

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5

“But I do not believe in the God you speak of.”  If you don’t know God at all then yes, you are His enemy.  You have created your own god in the image of yourself instead of worshiping the true God who made us in His image.  We all know there is a God.  Some will recognize Him as God and others will hold down the truth.  They will actively hold it down like trying to hold an inflated beach ball under the water.  But the truth still exists that we were all created in His image.

 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Romans 1:18-23

This is what happens when we deny God.  We create gods in our image.  We love ourselves and try to reason away our behavior by denying God for who He is.  We don’t want there to be a true and just God because then we will be held accountable for our actions.  Or we try to have a god who will let us in to heaven on our own works.  We know that God is just and will punish us for our sins.  So we hold down the truth in our unrighteousness and the world says that is ok.  The world and flesh and the evil one tells us to keep seeking self. They tells us to keep doing what feels good.  They tell us our good deeds out weigh our bad so if there is a heaven we will go there.

This is a great lie.  It is a lie that started from the fall.  “Did God really say????”

Yes! He has said and Yes! there are eternal consequences for not obeying His standards.  We all have lied.  We all have taken His name in vain.  We all have dishonored our parents. We all have not loved the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and strength.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  Romans 3:23

But God did something for sinners.  He came down and became a man.  He lived a sinless life.  The life we should live.  He died the death that we deserve.  He rose after three days dead to prove who He is.  “So we just believe that?”  We turn from our sins, with the power of the Holy Spirit, and put our trust in Jesus Christ as our Savior and follow Him as Lord of our lives.  Putting our trust in Jesus is not just believing He lived and died and rose.  It is believing that it was for you and without it God sees your sins and punishes you with all His wrath.  When you put your trust in Christ, God sees His righteousness.  He poured out His wrath on Him so you can be saved.  This is good news.  This is the gospel.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:8

Are you on a journey to find you?  Are you on a journey to amass things?  Are you running away as an enemy of God?  If so I pray you will turn away from your sins and striving for things (repent) and put your trust in Jesus Christ.  I know I can’t convince you to believe any of this.  I just want you to think about it.  Then think some more.

Holy Father, give them ears to hear, eyes to see, and a heart that is regenerated by You gospel.  It is in the name of Jesus alone they can be saved.  Works, church attendance, praying the rosary, sacraments, or any other thing added by man can not save.  It s by grace alone, though faith alone, in Christ alone, by You alone God any can be saved.  I pray in the saving Name of Your Son Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen!

And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

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What is truth? This was a question Pilate asked of Jesus. It is asked a lot these days. Truth is important. What you believe is important.  That is why I am posting this.  I know I may get some backlash and some rebuttals.  I pray that a conversation is started and the Truth will be known.

Having a Roman Catholic background I was taught certain things.  There were also certain truths that Rome teaches that I was not taught or that I missed.  I hope that this brings to light some of the teachings and doctrine of the Roman Catholic church and what the bible truly teaches.  I do not go into much detail in this video but just wanted to start the conversation

In the end what we believe is important. What we believe about heaven, hell, this world, and God has eternal consequences.  Believing the correct Gospel of Jesus Christ is essential. Your eternity is at stake. Truth is critical!

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

A “Whoever” Christmas

Posted: December 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

What is Christmas these days? What does it mean to people? I know what it used to mean to me and what it means now.  The holiday itself is not everything.  The One we celebrate is.  It is all about Him. His birth, life, death, and resurrection. Not just one day a year. Everyday!
for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

As you watch this video I pray this Christmas, and everyday, that you are “whoever”.

Here It Is

Posted: December 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

Here is a little video I made the other day. I feel some people may not be reached by the written word alone.  You may need to hear truth spoken to you.  Here it is.

This world is filled with problems.  No one can deny this.  There is however a solution.  One that is more powerful than the problems.  One that has already fixed the problem.  I pray you can believe the Answer.  I pray you can repent (turn from your sin) and put your faith in the Answer …………………  Jesus Christ.

 

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I have had more than a few conversations with people about destiny.  No, not what you think the future holds for you in a way of career and family, but what eternity holds.  What happens to you when you die?  Most people have told me they believe in heaven.  Then I ask the million dollar question…. How do you know that is where you are going?  Most common answer. “I am a good person”.

Is this how we get to heaven? Do we need to be “good people”?  How do we know what “good” is?  Do I use our own standard of “good”?  Do I use someone else’s standard of “good”?  Or do I use God’s standard of “good”?

Some will use their own standard of “good”.  I recently heard a Tim Keller sermon in which he made the point that if someone uses their own standard of good and took a tape recorder and put it around their neck, then at the end of the day played back everything they said, they could not even live up to their own standard of “good”.  I agree.  I know me and know I couldn’t do it.

So let’s look briefly at someone else’s standard.  If I can’t live up to mine how can I live up to theirs?  Unless theirs is so low that they allow me to live how I want.  This may be so they can live without the guilt of not living up to their own standard.

Now let’s look at God’s standard.  How do we know God’s standard for good?  We have His Word.  We have the bible.  We have in the bible the commandments given to Moses.  I will not list them but I will test myself against a few to see if I live up to the standards God’s wants me to live by.

Have I ever taken the Lord’s name in vain? Have I used it as a curse? Yes! One commandment broken.

Have I ever dishonored my parents?  Yes!  Strike two!

Have I ever taken something that wasn’t mine?  Maybe even something small like a pencil?  Yes!  Strike three!

Have I ever been angry with someone and not forgiven them?  Yes!  Jesus says this is like committing murder in your heart. Strike four!

“You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.  Matthew 5:21-22

Have I ever looked at a women with lust?  Yes!  Jesus says if you look at a women with lust you have committed adultery in your heart.  Strike five!

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:27-28

Let’s stop at five.  I can keep going because I have broken them all.  There is no one who hasn’t.

as it is written, “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; Romans 3:10

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23

So what does this mean?  We can’t live up to our own standards.  We sure can’t live to God’s standards.  He will judge us.  If God is just, He will give us what we deserve.  He will not weigh the good we have done against the bad.  That would not be just.  That would be like if a person commits murder and goes to the judge and says “judge, look at all the good I did.  It must outweigh the bad.”  Would he be a just judge to let the murderer go? 

 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23

Here is the GOOD NEWS!!  Here is the GOSPEL!!!  We have someone who took our punishment for us.  God sees our sins and says “guilty”.  My punishment is death.  But, God came down and became a man in the form of Jesus.  He was fully man and fully God.  He lived that perfect life that God commands.  He was tempted as we are tempted.  He did not sin.  Then He took a sinners punishment being whipped with a cat of nine tales being lashed to the bone.  He was spit on and mocked made to wear a crown of thorns.  He took my cross up Cavalry and had nails driven into His wrists and His feet and before He died said “It is finished.”  He atoned for our sins.  Now we can repent and put our faith in Him for our forgiveness.  We no longer have to be slaves to sin.  We can be free as slaves to Jesus Christ.

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I do not write this to make you feel bad.  I do not write this to lift myself up in self righteousness. I struggle with sin everyday!  I am not perfect but I am being made perfect through Jesus Christ.  I am a wretched sinner in need of the Savior.  My hope is that you think about these things: “Am I good?  By what standard? Can I live up to God’s standard on my own?  Why did Jesus die?  Can I put my faith in Him for taking my punishment and repent?  Can I pick up my cross and follow Jesus? 

I know this is a popular Scripture but it is truth.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  John 3:16

My prayer is always that you are “whoever”.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Saved by grace alone, through faith alone, through Christ alone, by God alone.