" For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: " Romans 9:3
" And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.
Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. " Exodus 32:31-32
It is interesting the love Moses and Paul had for the Jews, that they would pay the price of going to hell, if it meant the Jews would be saved.
I can relate to this kind of love because I loved my wife so much I would have gone to hell if it meant her being in Heaven.
What is interesting is that we do not have to pay the price to get those we love into Heaven.
Jesus paid the price.
" Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. " Acts 20:28
If they will just believe in Jesus, they will be saved.
The criminal on the cross believed in Jesus just shortly before he died.
My wife also believed in Jesus and I know she is with Him there.
" And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. " Luke 21:34-36
" Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. " Matthew 24:42
I was talking to an unsaved person recently who told me she thinks there is something going on with the way things are in the world today.
If an unsaved person can wonder what is going on from watching the news and seeing things going on with nature being destructive all over the world, how much more should we who claim to belong to Jesus Christ be considering we could be nearing the time the Bible prophesied.
This unsaved person I talked to told me she thinks the end of the world might be coming.
We as born again followers of Jesus need to quit using the excuse - " we don't know when Jesus is coming " ( which I have learned is merely used as an excuse to hide someone's true feeling that he or she actually does not want Jesus to come back, as they are in love with themselves and their life here on earth ).
This is sad but true.
Even though we do not know when Jesus will return, Jesus told us we are to watch for His return.
" Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. "
However, in recent months, I have been hearing more and more evangelicals tell me that they want Jesus to come back soon...( something I have not heard in years ) mainly because of the bad times in the world presently.
Listening to this unsaved person opened my eyes to the fact that since the unsaved are wondering, we might really be nearing the time Jesus will return.
Before my wife died, she told me she felt that Jesus would be returning soon.
We as followers of Jesus need to be watching for our Lord to come back.
I ask Jesus every day to please come and rapture us up to be with Him.
If Paul, John, Peter and the early christians thought Jesus was returning 2000 years ago, how much more should we today.
It is interesting that when John wrote the book of Revelation 2000 years ago, some of his last words were;
" Even so, come, Lord Jesus. " Revelation 22:20
John wanted Jesus to come back so much.
I do too.
" But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. " Galatians 4:4-7
" And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. " John 1:14
" I and my Father are one. " John 10:30
Christmas is now past, the time of year evangelicals choose to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Whenever Jesus was born, we must remember what is important is that, according to the Holy Bible, Jesus is literally God in the flesh.
God literally became a human being, one of His own creation.
Jesus is not a created person, a created human being.
Jesus is God made flesh who dwelt among us, as John said.
In a sense, God became His own Son.
This is why the Holy Bible refers to Jesus as God's only begotten Son.
We as humans ourselves are not born sons and daughters of God but we become adopted children of God by our faith in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son.
God the Father, God the Holy Ghost, and God the Son Jesus, are literally all one in the same God...not 3 Gods.
Jesus clearly said;
" Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. " John 10:17-18
The reason Jesus declared this statement is because He is God.
My friend, we either believe Jesus at His word or we do not.
The choice is ours.
I choose to believe what Jesus said.
Keep your faith in Jesus to the end.
Don't change your faith to believe in someone or something else.