“Lest We Forget”

Posted: May 27, 2011 in Christian Life, Compassion, Cults, Death, Mothers, Promises, Resurrection, Salvation

   In April 1863, in Columbus, Mississippi, a mother went to the cemetery to put some flowers on the graves of her two sons who were killed in the Civil War by some Union soldiers.  Then she went over to the corner of the cemetery to place some flowers on the graves of two other soldiers who had fought for the north. 

  “What are you doing?” her friends shouted, “Those are the graves of two union soldiers.” Softly,  that compassionate mother said, “I know. I also know that somewhere in the North, a mother or a young wife mourns for them as I do for my two sons.”

  Wars.  They have been going on since the beginning of time when Cain murdered his brother Abel.  Try to imagine how Eve must have felt when one of her sons killed her other son.  Wars always leave sorrow and heartache in their wake. We long for peace on earth.  Until Jesus Christ returns to establish true peace on earth (Isaiah 9:6), let’s be thankful for the “Risk Takers.”

  Mothers.  Today there aren’t as many women in our country who die while giving birth to a child as there have been in the past but it is still risky business.  Furthermore, a mother never knows how her child will develop and what kind of life he/she might live.

  Firefighters.  Entering a burning building, while looking for people, is very hazardous.  Many firefighters lost their lives when the TwinTowers were attacked.  They left behind many loved ones and friends who still suffer.

  Police.  A law enforcement officer never knows when he leaves for work in the morning if he will return home safely at night to his wife and children.  The pressures of the job cause some to commit suicide.

  Soldiers.  Today our soldiers volunteer for service.  Unlike those in some other countries, our soldiers don’t have a “death wish.”  Our military personnel want to live long lives.  They want to be appreciated, not cursed as some who fought inViet-Nam were when they returned home.  

  Life Giver.  The One who created all things (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Colossians1:16) and who gave us life chose to do something that others wouldn’t do.  He came to die for His enemies who hated Him (Romans 5:8, 10).  Knowing full well before He came to earth that most of  His own people in Israel would reject Him and have Him crucified on a cross, He left the ivory palaces in heaven (Psalm 45:8) anyway and came down to our sin cursed world.  He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15).  Then He laid down His life of His own accord (John10:17, 18).  After three days He raised Himself from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). 

  Benefits.  Jesus the Christ, the rightful heir to the throne of King David (Matthew 1) offers eternal life (i. e. God’s quality of life) and everlasting life  to all who place their faith in Him exclusively (John3:16; 1 John 5:13).  Forgiveness, spiritual health, redemption, loving kindness, tender mercies, good things, and renewed strength are just a few of the things God gives to His children to enjoy now (Psalm 103).  Would you like to have the peace of God that surpasses all understanding to guard you heart and mind (Philippians 4:6, 7)? 

  Future. The best is yet to come for those who know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. It’s as bright as the promises of God.  We don’t know when our days on earth will come to an end.  Neither do we know the exact date when Jesus will return as He said He would (John 14:1-3).  We don’t set dates as one false prophet and teacher recently did.  Don’t be mislead by those who allegorize and twist the Scriptures to their own destruction (2 Peter 3:16).

  G.S.P.O.S.  God has a simple plan of salvation.  Jesus Christ [the God-man who never sinned] died for our sins…and rose again [bodily – Luke 24:33-43] from the grave on the third day.  Then He appeared to over 500 eye witnesses before ascending back to heaven (1 Corinthians 15:3-8;  Acts1:10, 11).  This is the Gospel by which we are saved (Romans1:16, 17).  It’s the same for Jews and non-Jews.

  Responsibility.  Our responsibility is to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [as our personal Savior] and [we] will be saved” (Acts16:31).  We are not saved by faith plus our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  Nor are we saved by begging God to be merciful to us when He already has been merciful to us.  Once saved, God wants believers to share the Good News concerning Christ with others so they can enter heaven too.  If you claim to be a Christian, are you doing this?  If not, why should God leave you here on earth?

  Today.  Don’t put off your decision to trust Christ until you think you’re about to die.  Contrary to what some other religions and cults teach, once you die there are no more opportunities to be saved from hell to heaven.  There is no reincarnation (Hebrews9:27), annihilation (Matthew 25:41, 46), or a temporary place for the dead to be purified before they are allowed to go to heaven (Luke16:19-31).

  Help?  If you need spiritual help, call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com where we have additional information for those who want to know and grow.

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