Archive for December, 2009
“…the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
Most of the time, we tend to think only about our own sins being washed away in the blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross 2,000 years ago. But his blood washed away Adam and Eve’s sin too.
In the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve sinned, they hid themselves, being ashamed of their nakedness. Remember, just a few verses before that, the Bible says that “they were both naked…and were not ashamed.” (Gen. 2:25) So how come this change? Because of sin! When they sinned, though they gained in terms of knowledge, they lost trust in the LORD. Their sin – and consequent shame – created a distance between them and God. Their former nakedness was innocent and baby-like. Their post-sin nakedness was a symbol of their sin being ‘exposed’ in front of God.
God is gracious and merciful. He did not want sin to get in the way and separate His children from Him forever. But as we saw in an earlier post, sin must be paid for – innocent blood must be shed to prevent sinners from going to hell. So God killed an innocent animal (there was no human being other than Adam and Eve at that time and they had already sinned). God used the animal’s skin to cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness (exposed sins). This event foreshadowed the covering of our exposed sins by the Blood of Jesus Christ. That covering applies to you only if you have confessed Christ as Saviour. Covering implies “blotting out” of sins. So if you believe (as per John 3:16), that Jesus is the Son of God, God promises to save you and take your sins as far away from you “as the east is from the west.” (Psalm 103:12)
Praise the LORD for this promise!
In this age of “all religions are equal”, festivals tend to be celebrated more for things than for people. In Christmas, for instance, people talk more about Christmas trees, stockings, carols and plum cakes than about the Hero of Christmas. And the Hero is not Santa Claus – it’s Jesus Christ.
You can decorate as many trees and eat as many cakes as you wish, but that’s not going to alter your eternal destiny. Indeed, Santa can only give you gifts that will be consumed in time – the fun will one day end. But the joy that will be yours when you become a believer and follower of Jesus, will last forever into eternity!
Learn more about this Eternal and Free Gift of Salvation that Jesus promises to give you. Read:
– Is Salvation a Free Gift?
– Claim Your Free Gift of Salvation NOW!
Salvation is indeed a free gift for you and me if we receive Jesus Christ in our lives. But this free offer will not last forever!
Imagine salvation as a birthday gift. Whether or not you invited Jesus at your birthday party, he has come and is knocking at your door. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Rev. 3:20) He will not force his way in. That’s the devil’s style. Jesus will simply keep knocking until you open the door.
The gift cannot be yours until you receive it. You cannot ask anyone to accept it on your behalf – you must accept it. Remember: Jesus bought it for you with his own precious Blood. You really owe it to him to accept this offer. Jesus will keep standing until the party is on. Once the party’s over and the time is up – your life comes to an end – he will return. Then you cannot claim the gift that was meant for you. No 2ND chance!
So if you do not know where you will go after you die, read the Good News here, because this free…
“Offer is Valid Until Life Lasts.”