The Bible in Matthew 1:21 says: “Jesus, will save His people from their sins.” 

On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the United States.  In New York, over 400 emergency workers died as they attempted to rescue people and fight fires. They gave up their own lives to rescue others.  In addition, during amazing military operations, soldiers have risked their own lives to rescue others.

However, these rescues were only of a temporary nature.  Those rescued all eventually died.  There is One Rescuer who rescues men so that they will never die again.  This Rescuer, is THE Saviour Jesus Christ. He rescues from spiritual death all who put their trust in Him.
Physical death is the separation of the soul from the body.  Spiritual death is the “eternal separation” of the soul from a LOVING God.  His followers die physically, but they never die spiritually.  Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).

If we fail to put our trust in Him to rescue us, He will exclude us from His presence.  Jesus said: “Every one who acknowledges Me before men, the Son of man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12:8-9).

However, this is not His will. The Bible says: God “desires all men to be saved” (I Timothy 2:4).

Unfortunately, there are many who do not wish to be rescued.  They would rather be masters of their lives than turn to Jesus for help.  But for those who wish to be rescued for ETERNITY, they need only follow Jesus.  He delivers men from despair and gives them hope.  He delivers men from sin and gives them a new nature.  He delivers men from death and gives them eternal life. This is the greatest rescue of all, by the only one who could rescue us – Jesus Christ.

May you this Easter, receive God’s revelation of how you can Live for Eternity.

Snakes have the curious habit of shedding their old skin in favour of a new one. Yet no matter how many times they shed their skin they are still the same old snake.   

If we think we get into Heaven by changing our ways (shedding our skin by morally reforming) we have failed to understand the message of the Gospel – the Good News.  

When Adam lost the rulership of the world to Satan (a spiritual snake) all mankind suffered the repercussions and became citizens in the devil’s kingdom.  Through Adam’s original sin we inherit a corrupt (sin) nature which God cannot allow into His heavenly kingdom. (See Romans 5:12)

No matter how blameless we think we are or how many good deeds we have accumulated, we will always fall short of God’s perfect and absolute standard that He demands (see Romans 3:23).  We may impress other people with our reformed ways but to God we are still the same old snake.  The only way we can possibly get to Heaven is by turning into a new creature. 

To become a new creature we have to be spiritually ‘born-again’.  This spiritual rebirth occurs at the moment we accept Jesus Christ as Saviour. We can do nothing to earn or deserve salvation – we are totally dependent on what God has done on our behalf.  God made salvation easy for us because Jesus Christ did all the work on the cross by paying our entire penalty for sin.  

When we believe in Christ, we accept God’s sacrifice on our behalf and we are credited with Christ’s perfect blamelessness.  At that moment we are spiritually reborn (in Christ - a Christian) into the family of God for eternity.

The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8-9: ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith (belief), and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works (good deeds), lest anyone should boast’

If we were able to save ourselves, there would have been no need for God to come to earth as a Man in order to pay the price for our liberation of sin.  The good news of the Bible is we become new people by simply accepting the gift of salvation by believing the Lord Jesus Christ died as our substitute on the cross. 

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)

It would be foolish to say we love a person we had never met. Only a love-struck individual, in love with being in love, would make such a claim. True, we may see someone and be instantly attracted, but until we get to know that person we are not in a position to definitely say whether or not we love them.

The best way of getting to know someone is through personal communication and spending time in each other’s company.  Only then do we truly learn who they are.  Before that point we can only say we love the ‘idea’ of that person.

When we first become a Christian it would be impulsive to say we love God when we know next-to-nothing about Him.  True, we may be instantly attracted to His magnificence, His power and the things He has done and is doing on our behalf.  However, until we learn about His character and His beliefs, we are simply love-struck Christians who quickly declare undying love for a Person we know little about.

We get to know God through communication.  He talks to us through the Bible (His Word which is alive and powerful).  If we study, we will learn about His character and His beliefs.  We also get to know God by working with Him (Christian service), talking with Him (prayer), and relaxing with Him (faith in God to solve our problems).

As with all successful relationships, it’s about each party getting to know the other.  Our God already knows everything about us (and amazingly still loves us).  He has graciously given us an eternity to get to know Him.  As we come to know Him, it will soon become evident that God is a perfect candidate for our personal, unreserved and everlasting love. (See 1 John 3:18)

The story of Christmas is a story of humility. A young, unmarried Jewish girl faced the prospect of being ostracized in her community. She was pregnant. Would her betrothed still consent to marry her? What would her family say? What would her friends say?

A census was commanded by Caesar Augustus for the little country. Each had to return to his ancestral home for the count. At nine months pregnant, Mary and her betrothed, Joseph made the long, arduous journey to Bethlehem. As they entered the little village, they longed for a place to lay their weary bodies. However, as they sought a room at an inn, there was none available – only a stable.

The entry of Mary’s son into the world did not occur in a mansion with servants in attendance but in a place prepared for cows and donkeys. Her son did not have a soft feathered bed to greet him but a feeding trough.

The prophet Isaiah had proclaimed more than seven hundred years earlier:

“To us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder,
and his name will be called ‘Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’”

His birth and life were unique, and so was His death.

To understand the total forgiveness of sins, we have to understand the value of the person Who sacrificed Himself on the cross for us.

He was the only man in history who willingly died to make the payment for ALL of your sins, so that you would never have to be punished by God.

This carpenter from an obscure village in Galilee?  This man with no earthly possessions?  Who would believe it?  Yet many have, and do. As the Bible states of Him:

“...who though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
And being found in human form He humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.

Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

This is the story of Christmas: God the Son coming down to earth as a little baby and taking on Himself the sins of the world. So that you can experience life abundantly and eternally in heaven with Him.

I hope you remember these things as we celebrate
The Reason for the Season

Computers operate via a series of coded instructions called programs.  Although few of us ever meet the originators responsible for these programs, we don’t delude ourselves thinking computers programmed themselves without an original programmer.

How do birds know how to build a nest?  How do bees know how to make honey?  How do beavers know how to dam a river?  How do spiders know how to design a web?  How can certain fish and birds migrate thousands of kilometres then return each year with satellite accuracy?  How do blind, miniscule, newly born kangaroos know how to wriggle their way from the birth canal all the way to the mother’s pouch to suckle milk? There are so many inexplicable natural phenomena swept under the carpet with the word, ‘INSTINCT’.  Do we delude ourselves thinking everything in nature has programmed itself?

In fields such as engineering, academic minds continue to learn complex lessons from nature.  Shouldn’t we be asking where nature learnt these lessons, or will we casually say - given time they happen by themselves? 

For anyone who believes in the “BIG BANG” the Challenge for you is to satisfactorily answer the questions found in Job Chapter 38 of the Bible.

The Bible declares that in nature, everything is created by God.  Therefore, He is the Original Programmer who wrote the coded instructions we call instinct.

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