Food for Higher Thought

Jesus died on the cross for our sinsGod loves you! Let that sink in for a moment. God loves you! How do I know? God has proven His love, God has shown, demonstrated His love for you at the cross of God's only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

God tells us in His word, the Bible, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

At the cross of Jesus Christ, when we were lost and unlovable, God showed, demonstrated, God proved His love for you and for me. On the cross, the Lamb of God, Jesus, took the guilt and punishment for your sins and my sins on Himself, and that punishment was the wrath of perfect, holy God against sin. God will not ever change (and we wouldn't want Him to), and therefore God's infinite holiness will never change. But to be forgiven of our sins, saved, and reconciled to holy God, something had to be done about our sins - and we couldn't forgive or save ourselves. And as God's infinite holiness does not change, God's infinite love does not change.

Genuine love is love that is given, for love is personal, true love touches a person’s heart as it is given with a spirit of true love. Real love is not kept to oneself and withheld, but is shown and shared, expressed and given to others. In return, real love is to be believed and, by faith, acknowledged, received, and given back.

God’s word tells us, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) In that word "world" is your name and my name, you and me. Know this day that God loves you and desires that you do not perish, but acknowledge your sins before holy God, repent of sin, and by faith call on Jesus to forgive you and save you. No one else died for our sins, only Jesus. God has given the greatest gift ever given, but it is not truly yours until believing, by faith you personally decide to receive God's gift. But the gift, Jesus Christ, has been given. Do you believe? Will you receive Jesus today?

HIGHER THOUGHT: Was the sacrifice of God's Son, Jesus Christ, sufficient to remove your sin and my sin? The Bible says that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Was the sacrifice of Jesus Christ sufficient to appease the wrath of holy God against all our sins - past, present and future? Yes it was, without a doubt! How do I know? Easter, Resurrection Sunday proved it to all the world and for all time. And for today and for all time, the Good News of Jesus Christ is that the tomb is empty - for Jesus Christ, having defeated sin, death, and the grave, Jesus is risen!

Do you believe? God's word tells us, "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. " (Romans 10:9-10)

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"But in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared
to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you;" 1 Peter 3:15