Would you like to know when and in what way you will die? 😯
Jesus knew it! In his words he shows how aware he was of all the suffering he would experience. Why did he go ahead and didn’t avoid it?
Only his sacrifice would allow the forgiveness of our sins and give us eternal life through faith. Only his agonizing suffering frees us from our deserved eternal suffering:
“The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hadeswere thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:13-15
“And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Revelation 20:10
God is love. His love was manifested in the sacrifice of Jesus to save us even though we did not deserve it; but He is also Just and in due time will judge.
And I heard the altar respond: “Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments.” Revelation 16:7
Before the trial, you can know your verdict. I invite you to visit this page:
How to get to Heaven? (BBN)
Although the rich considered that he fulfilled the commandments quoted by Jesus; his inner self asked, “What do I still lack (to get eternal life)?” By our “good deeds” we can not obtain eternal life; only through faith in Jesus.
If we are believers; We must recognize that shedding material to help those in need was not a personal matter to deal with this rich; but is a norm applicable to every believer:
“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.” Acts 4: 32-35
Up to this point, the disciples of Jesus hadn’t shown opposition in allowing crowds come to him. This time, they didn’t have a welcoming attitude toward the ones who were coming: little children.
We can fall into the mistake to don’t see the importance of the children’s approach to Jesus. Maybe we talk about Jesus to people who we think are more mature, and tell the children to go somewhere else to play as if their presence is just a distraction or interruption. Jesus tells us to let the children come to him.
May God bless you: the one who works with children at church, school or community. You are making a valuable effort and may God give you encouragement to continue and share the salvation Jesus has for them. To the ones in ministries that aren’t focused on children; may God bless your ministry and, in what you serve, try to share time with the kids, show them Jesus’ love and make them feel how important they are to Jesus through the importance you give to them. 😀
Last week in my country, a “march for the family” was done and one of the messages proclaimed was the “original design”: marriage between man and woman; because some sectors are promoting gender ideology, gay pride, gay marriage, etc.
As christians we can defend heterosexual marriage as the “original design” but in the above verses Jesus says that the “original design” also includes staying faithful to the commitment made in marriage and, sadly, we must recognize that in many of our churches we have also deviated of this part of the “original design”. And even if we look at those men who haven’t divorced their wives, in Matthew 5 Jesus says that look at another woman lustfully is adultery so even that is a sin against what God designed. All these shows us that there is no one righteous. We all have failed to God… regardless of whether we are heterosexual or homosexual.
We all need God’s salvation through faith in Jesus. Even if my country remains recognizing as marriage the union between a man and a woman; or doesn’t include gender ideology curriculum at schools; if people don’t know Jesus, they will still not receive salvation… in fact, I would not be surprised that, among those who will spend eternity without God, the majority might be heterosexual.
And you, beyond your stance on topics like marriage, gender ideology, etc.; do you have eternal life?
I will give you a link where fellow brothers can chat with you about the fundamental topic:
How to get to Heaven? (BBN)
And if we already have salvation through Jesus; may God give us grace in addressing this and other issues, recognizing that God’s mercy saved us as we were and then He started to work in us. 🙂
Words of Jesus to the ones who have some troubles forgiving (including me 😛 ).
Keep this in mind should help us to improve and be more like our heavenly Father. 🙂
What we should do when someone sins against us?
May God give us grace to pray and speak to that person and also, when we sin against other, may God give us humility to recognize what we have done wrong, apologize, and avoid repeating it.
Proverbs 28:13 “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
This world offers a lot of stuff to cause people to stumble (browse in the Internet for a while will give us a bunch of examples) and the people who are behind it should fear the consequences they will receive. But we too, christians, should check if our acts aren’t causing fellow brothers to stumble.
Romans 14:13 “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.”
The advice to rip off what makes us to sin is an extreme warning about how much we should detest sin.
Galatians 5:16 “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
As we get to know the Lord more and more, his love, sacrifice for us and the blessings we receive each day; we will find hapiness in living the way he commands us and we will also care about our brothers and sisters.
Romans 14:19 “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”
May God give us strengths for the battles we face, and the reminder of his love and the sacrifice of his Son for us might help us to obey him, care for others and be a good example to them.
While the world cares about ranks (how many subordinates we have bellow us), Jesus calls us to take a low position and serve others as he did.
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
What about you, what position are you occupying? 😛