Jesus, the Way To Forgiveness of Sins
Sin is a more serious threat to our well-being than any physical, economic or social danger that we face. Yet, all of us are guilty of sin and we are helpless on our own to remove its strain. Sin is violation of God's law and only God can forgive it. He has made provision for our forgiveness through Jesus .
"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace." - Ephesians 1:7
"Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree." I Peter 2:24
After His sacrifice for us, Jesus explained how those who are lost in sin can have remission of sins and be saved.
"Thus it is written, and this is was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." -Luke 24:46-47
"He who believes and is baptized will be saved." -Mark 16:16
Jesus, the Way To God
Lost people need more than forgiveness of sins. They need to be restored to that close union with God which they lost by their sin. In sending Jesus into the world -
"God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself." - 2 Corinthians 5:19
Jesus stated that one can reach God only through Him, He said,
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me," - John 14:6
Jesus, the Way Out of Religious Confusion
Many who wish to follow Christ are repelled by the multitude of churches and the conflicting doctrines taught by those who profess to be Christians. One does not have to be a part of this confusion. Jesus did not approve of it.
In Matthew 16:18 Jesus promised: "I will build my church"
We read of the beginning of His church in Acts Chapter 2. "And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved." - Acts 2:47
The Lord is still adding those who are being saved to His church. If we are saved, we are in His church and united with all others who are in it.
Despite what many are hearing from pulpits of religious groups these days, the Bible still says, "There is ONE body and ONE Spirit, just as you were called in ONE hope of your calling; ONE Lord, ONE faith, ONE baptism, ONE God and Father of." Ephesians 4:4-6
It is good for us to worship and work with other saved individuals who are bound with us in Christ by these unifying ties. But if we join another body (denomination), accept another Lord (religious authority), or adhere to another faith (man made creed), we have left the unity for which Jesus prayed in John 17:20-21.
Jesus, the Way To Heaven
It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgement." -Hebrews 9:27
Many planned to go into the NEW YEAR but did not make it. Too many have tried to numb themselves to the reality of the fact that we don't live on earth for ever. To attempt to ignore the reality of death some build up "walls" to keep God and the thought of leaving this world out of their mind. They soon find that this mindset is useless because the reality of death in some form or another is brought to our attention everyday. The explosion of the human population in the last 200 years teaches the great urgency to preach and spread the gospel. We were 1 billion in 1820, 2 billion in 1930, 3 billion in 1960, 4 billion in 1974, 5 billion in 1988, 6 billion in 2000 and today (2020) we are at 7.7 billion souls! Currently 75-80 million people are added every year and about 56 million people die.
Some statisticians state people around the world are going into eternity at a rate of one person every 5 seconds!
Death is the door, both to heaven and to hell. To die in Jesus is to die in the way to heaven.
"And I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." 'Yes,' says the Spirit, 'that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them." - Revelation 14: 13
"Blessed are those who do His commands, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." - Revelation 22:14