This Week's Sermon ( 4-12-18 )

" But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  "   Isaiah 53:5

" Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 
He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.  "   Isaiah 53:10-12

" Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:  "   Hebrews 10:5

If you are nearing the end of your life like me, you might want to observe what Jesus did for us.

It amazes me that God would choose to become one of His own creation, suffer a cruel death and die for us.

God also took our sins upon Himself, suffered the punishment for our sins, and by His shed blood and torment, justified us, even though we are evil by nature and are the ones who commits our sins, not God.

If God had not done all this for us, we would all end up in eternal hell with satan, burning forever in the lake of fire with no chance of escape, always remembering the evil that we did in our earthly life and forever feeling guilty.

The motive in God's heart in choosing to do this for us is, " love ".

Jesus said;

" For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  "   John 3:16

My friend, if you do not believe in Jesus and are wondering what will happen to you after you die, I would suggest you read the gospel of John in the New Testament.

If you acknowledge that you are a sinner, you will find that God is very loving and compassionate and will forgive anything you have done.

But we must acknowledge that we are sinners, born in sin.

The first words Jesus said when He started preaching were;

" Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 

And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. "   Mark 1:14-15

Yes, Jesus did say not only to believe the gospel but to also repent of our sins and believe the gospel.

" repent ye, and believe the gospel. "

This is where many people miss the boat.

Repentance, which requires acknowledgment that we are sinners and born in sin, is also required to be saved.

If you, even not a believer in Jesus, feel that God would never forgive you for your life of sin, I will personally tell you that God will forgive you, no matter what.

But you must put your faith in Jesus, God's only begotten Son.

The criminal that hanged on a cross next to Jesus acknowledged his sin, repented and put his faith in Jesus.

Jesus then promised criminal that he would be with Him that same day... not in hell.

Now, if you are a believer in Jesus like me, and feel that you have done so much sin and wrong in your life even though you are a believer in Jesus and wonder if God will forgive you, let me tell you God will forgive you if we confess our sins to Him.

John said;

" If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. "   1 John 1:8-10

God did not go through all that torment for nothing.

He did it to redeem you, justify you and make you eligible to live with Him for all matter how we have failed Him in this earthly life.

God's love especially for those of us who are believers in His only begotten Son, Jesus, is predominate.

Don't give up hope and always keep your faith in Jesus to the end of your life.

Wayne Brown