Buy The Truth And Sell It Not
by Darna Bedwell Gutter
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WHY DO WE NEED JESUS?
The need for Jesus was because man had lost touch with God through sin and the world had become dark and man was lost. We needed a Savior to restore us to a right fellowship and communion with God. And "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, Jesus Christ", to come into the world and live among us and restore communion between God and man. In doing so, he understands what our weaknesses and temptations are. And it was through his perfect and sinless life that He brought light back into the world. "Jesus is the light of the world."
The mere fact that He came -- divided time itself. Suddenly the world's time measured itself by what happened before Christ B.C. and what happened after His death A.D. Is that not profound!
Jesus did beautiful things while He was upon this earth, but the greatest, was that He died for us. The shedding of His precious blood on Calvary's cross was the atonement for all the sins of the world, past, present and future. Because "We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God", He had to die for us; that was God's will and purpose, so that we might live and be saved. There is no life without communion with God. The world had lost that communion, but the precious blood of Christ restored this divine privilege.
And yet there are still those who would deny the love and deny Christ. "There is only one way to the Father and that is through the Son." "To deny Jesus is to deny the Father". You must accept Him into your hearts and believe that He is the Son of God. Those who deny or reject Him, loose their eternal life and inheritance with God. And of a certainty, a faith without Him is spiritually faithless. A life without Him is spiritually lifeless.
WHERE WILL YOU GO?
Christ said, "In my Father's house, there are many mansions, I go to prepare a place for you, so that where I am, you may be also." Because God has given us immortal spirits, once our earthly bodies die, we live on. There are only two places to go after this life, heaven or hell. In heaven we will live eternally with God where there is no more death, pain, sickness, or sorrow; just eternal joy and life, abundant love and provisions.
But the decision must be made now while we live upon this earth: to accept the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, or deny it. That decision must be made before you take your last breath upon this earth and pass through the portals of death. There is an urgency, because this life is shorter than we'd like to believe. God promises that, "Whosoever believes upon Jesus Christ shall have eternal life."
BUT HE AROSE.
The life of Christ is also evident that He rose from the dead and walked upon this earth for many days before ascending unto the throne of God. It is because Jesus understands our struggles in the flesh and "was tempted as we are, but without sin," that He is able to "make intercession for us to the Father".
That He rose is the profound difference between Him and other religious founders. They did not rise again to show us the way to eternity. They may have devised a reasonable, (but flawed without Christ) doctrine by which to live upon this earth, but they usually boast of some inferior afterlife, not the glorious eternal life with God that Christians can expect. "We are saved by grace." We don't have the capacity to earn what Christ already paid for. It is a gift that requires only one condition; "He that believes upon the name of Jesus Christ shall be saved."
"Buy the truth and sell it not."
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