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John 14:1-24

“There’s no place like home.”  This is what Dorothy said in the movie, The Wizard of Oz, after going through illusory dreams, frightening experiences, and disappointing realities.*  In like manner, before long the Christian realizes that this sin filled world is not his home; heaven is.  And yet we, as believers, have moments of anxiety and fear as long as we are in these bodies.

Thoughts.  Do your thoughts about death trouble you?  They should if you are not a true Christian (See Matthew 7:21-23).  Do you know what happens to unbelievers at the time of death (Luke 16:19-31; See Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).  What happens to Christians when they die (Philippians 1:21; 2 Corinthians 5:1-9)?  Into which section of heaven do they go today (2 Corinthians 12:4).  When do they get to go to the place that Jesus went to prepare for them (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)?  How is it described for us (Revelation 21:9-27)?  What about the trials and troubles of life?  Will they be too great for us to endure (1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 12:9)?  What should a Christian do when he sins (1 John 1:9; James 5:16; Luke 22:32)?  What if he denies His Lord as Peter did (John 13:38; Luke 22:31, 32, 47-62; See 2 Timothy 2:12)?  Will he be condemned and lose his salvation (Romans 8:1; 35-39; John 10:28, 29)?

Truth.  To quiet our noisy hearts, we need to know the truth that can set us free (John 8:32).  The believer’s strength comes from God (John 15:5; Philippians 4:13; Psalm 121:2).  Christians are being purified for their wedding to Christ (Ephesians 5:26; Isaiah 1:25).  He is preparing a special place for His Bride, the true Church (John 14:3; Revelation 21:9-27).  Currently, in heaven, He is interceding for those who belong to Him (Romans 8:26, 34; Hebrews 7:25).  He answers our prayers according to His will (John 14:13).  He has promised never to leave or forsake true believers (Hebrews 13:5).  We also have a Comforter (John 14:16-20).

Techniques.  There are some things that can strengthen the believer’s heart.  Knowledge of the truth from God’s Word can remove fear (John 8:3; 14:20; 1 John 4:18).  But the believer also needs to apply the truth and keep the Lord’s commands to Christians if anxiety is to be removed from his/her heart (John 14:21; Philippians 4:6, 7).  Love for the Lord can release guilt (John 14:23, 24; 2 Corinthians 5:9).

Question.  Is your life filled with fear and anxiety?  It should be if you are not a true Christian. You are under the condemnation of God (John 3:18, 36) and in danger of spending eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).  But you can become a Christian by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins… and rose again bodily on the third day.  He said, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).  Once you’ve been saved, you can/should cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).  The “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, [can] guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus” as you encounter the hardships of life (Philippians 4:6, 7).  You have a choice to make.  Will you “trust and obey” or “stew and fret” about your problems?

Salvation.  We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone.  We are not saved by our good works, or by faith plus our good works lest we should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

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*Portions adapted from Chuck Swindoll, Following Christ, pp. 93ff

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In a fictitious story Jesus once was asked about immigration. He responded by saying, “Remember, even the New Jerusalem in heaven has a high wall that is 216 feet high and 6,000 miles long. At each of the twelve gates there is an angel who puts people through a strict vetting process.” (See Revelation 21 to find out who gets in and who doesn’t.)

Boundaries. Who establishes the boundaries of nations and who sets up and brings down kings and kingdoms (Acts 17:26; Daniel 4:17, 25)? Who changed the languages of mankind (Genesis 11:7)? Who will defy God by setting up man’s one world government (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Revelation 13)?

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1 Peter 4:15-19

We’re told that “attitude is everything.” How we respond to the circumstances of life tells others a lot about us. Do we grumble and gripe as the children of Israel in the wilderness did (1 Corinthians 10) or do we thank Him for opportunities to trust Him in the hard times of life (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20; 1 Timothy 2:14)? Do we know God’s promises and mix them with faith and enjoy the peace of God (Hebrews 4:2, 3; Philippians 4:4-7)? Let’s consider –

The Believer’s Action In Relation To Suffering. It should be obvious that if we sin or do evil we usually will suffer for it (1 Peter 4:15, 16). Most often, we reap what we’ve sown (Galatians 6:7-9) and should recognize that the government has been given the God given responsibility to punish evil doers even to the point of death for some crimes against humanity (Romans 13:4). We should not expect to receive a gold medal if we competed in an athletic event and violated the rules of the game (2 Timothy 2:5; 1 Corinthians 9:25-27). Nor should we expect to be rewarded for our service to God and/or to others if we engaged in the activity independently of God or without faith (John 15:5; Romans 14:23; Hebrews 11:6). If we should suffer as a result of doing what is right, we ought to commit our souls (emotions) to God and let Him bring us the needed comfort at such times (1 Peter 4:19). Jesus suffered mercilessly at the hands of wicked men. He died as the Just one for the unjust ones – you and me (1 Peter 3:18). He bore our sins and paid the penalty of death that we deserved (Isaiah 53:7-9; Romans 6:23). Throughout the pages of the Scriptures we have examples of believers who suffered unjustly at the hands of the wicked (See Hebrews 11; Acts 5:20, 41).

The Time Of Judgment In Relation To Suffering. No one will escape judgment day (Hebrews 9:27). Everyone who has died will be raised up someday and will stand before Judge Jesus (John 5:22). There will be different orders of resurrections and times of judgment (1 Corinthians 15:20-26). New Testament Grace believers will be judged according to their works when Christ returns at the Rapture (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 15:51, 52; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Their works that have the quality of gold, silver, and precious stones will endure the fire and will be rewarded. Their worthless works will be burned up but they will not lose their salvation. On the other hand, all the dead unbelievers will raised back to life with immortal bodies and will stand before the omniscient (John 2:24), omnipotent (Revelation 1:8), and righteous (2 Timothy 4:8) Judge Jesus at the Great While Throne to have their works evaluated to determine their degree of suffering in the eternal lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15). There will not be any second opportunities to be saved as some cults teach. Yes, there seems to be greater degrees of pleasure in heaven for those Christians who earned some or all of the five crowns on earth so they can cast them at Jesus’ feet when He judges their works (Revelation 4:10). In like manner there will be degrees of suffering in the lake of fire for all unbelievers (Matthew 10:15; 23:13-36; James 3:1). The unforgivable sin is unbelief (John 3:6, 18; 36; 5:40; 16:8-11).

The Gospel. The “Bad News” is that we’re all sinners who deserve to be eternally separated from a holy God in the lake of fire forever (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23). But the “Good News” is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. He can/will save any and all who put their faith in Him apart from their good works (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9). The Scriptures don’t teach universalism – that eventually everyone will be saved and end up in heaven. Some people hate God and don’t want to spend eternity with Him and His children. They love darkness and won’t come to the Light of the world to be saved (John 3:19; Revelation 13:6; 16:11).

Suffering? If you, as a Christian, are suffering for doing what it sinful, confess and forsake your sinful conduct.  To keep from repeating the same sins over and over again, utilize the techniques taught in the Scriptures (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13). We teach Christians how to overcome the distinct temptations that come from the devil, their own sin nature, and from the present world system. If you are suffering for doing what is right, be encouraged by these words: “Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls [emotional stability] to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19). “…if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I [Paul] consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:17, 18; See 2 Cor. 11:23-33; 2 Timothy 2:10). If you’re a Christian, your troubles didn’t come to stay but to pass. If you’re not a Christian and if you die as an unbeliever, your suffering and troubles are just beginning. You won’t be resting in peace (R.I.P.) in the lake of fire. Don’t delay! Trust in Christ alone today! God desires (not determines) that everyone be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). He wants His children to enjoy their eternal life abundantly (John 10:10).

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Everyone wants the opportunity to make his/her own choices in life. We’re all different and in this country we have a lot of freedom to choose where we will live, what kind of clothes we’ll wear, and the kind of food we will eat. We’re not robots.

Progenitors. Our first parents, Adam and Eve, lived in a beautiful garden where all their needs were provided for them. They could eat the fruit of all the trees of the garden except one – the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Sadly, both of them ate the fruit from that tree. This brought physical death and spiritual death to them (Genesis 2, 3, 5). Their decision affected all of us who descended from them. Eventually we all will die physically and be judged but not for the purpose that most people think (Romans 5:12; 6:23; Hebrews 9:27). But did you know that there have been some people who went from this life into the next one without dying (Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:11)? There will be another group of people who won’t die physically either (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Would you be interested in knowing how you can be part of this group? If so, ask us.

Born Dead. When we came into this world, we were born spiritually dead – separated from fellowship with God (Ephesians 2:1). This is why we all need to be born again from above in order for us to receive God’s quality of life (eternal life) from Him (John 3:3-7). Every person who has been conceived will have everlasting existence somewhere. Where will you spend it? Life begins at conception (Psalm 139). The Scriptures don’t teach the annihilation of the wicked or reincarnation.

Sinners. Whether we want to admit it or not, we’re all sinners who have acted lawlessly and violated God’s laws (Romans 3:10, 23; 1 John 3:4). Some people sin less than others but we all deserve to be separated from God forever in the lake of fire (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46).

Love. But God the Father loved the sinful people of this world and didn’t want us to perish and end up in hell with the devil and his angels. So He sent One of the members in the Godhead to this earth to add to His deity a true humanity (John 1:14). He lived a sinless life and then died as our Substitute to pay the penalty that we all owed to God.

Value. Christ’s death was not an ordinary one. The value of His death for our sins came from the fact that He was/is God. He reality of His death came from the fact that He was/is a true human being. God cannot die.

God’s Desire For Us Sinners

Deliverance. He desires that all the people on earth be saved from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire (1 Timothy 2:4) and come to the knowledge of the truth (John 14:6; 17:17) and the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) so they can enter heaven to spend eternity with God and His sanctified and cleansed children (Ephesians 5:26). We don’t believe that Christ died just for a select group of people but for the sins of the whole world including your sins and mine (John 3:16; 6:37; 1 John 2:2).

Knowledge. In order for us to be saved, it is necessary for us to know that there is a Savior who is powerful enough to deliver us and take us out of the devil’s family (John 8:44; Colossians 1:13; 1 John 3:9, 10) and make us a part of God’s family. Jesus is preparing a special place for believers in heaven (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9ff). Most of the people on earth know little or nothing about God’s only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scriptures tell us that He is equal to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 5:18; 8:58; 10:31; Colossians 2:9). The Christ of the cults can’t save anyone (Matthew 24:5; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15).

Birth – Life. Jesus was born of the virgin Mary as Isaiah the prophet had predicted (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). He lived a sinless life (John 8:46; Hebrews 4:15). The many miracles He performed proved that He was/is God manifested in human flesh (John 1:1-18; 20:31). He voluntarily allowed Himself to be taken by sinful men and to be crucified on a cross as it had been predicted (John 10:15-18; Psalm 22:1). After being dead for three days, He raised Himself from the dead (John 2:19-22; 10:17, 18). God the Father and God the Holy Spirit also had a part in His bodily resurrection (Romans 6:4; 8:11). Only a living, omnipotent Person can save us (Revelation 1:8).

Anticipation. He is waiting for all whom the Father has given to Him to come to Him for their salvation (John 6:37, 44). When this number is complete, He will come back for the true Church and make it His bride (John 14:1-3; Ephesians 5:32).

Questions. Are you sure that you will be in this group? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you think that you are headed there, is there anything that you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? How secure are you? How can you be absolutely sure?

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John 10:30-42

“Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:11). Yes, Jesus is Jehovah – the God/man. Someday every one will acknowledge that He was born of the virgin, Mary, who lived a sinless life so He could go to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again on the third day.  But this isn’t teaching “universal salvation.”

If there is one thing the devil wants to do, it’s to confuse people about the Person of Christ and God’s simple plan of salvation. Before He went to the cross, Jesus told His disciples that many would come in the future, before His second coming to earth, and would say that they were the Christ (Matthew 24:5). Consider the Christs of the cults and false religions. They are numerous. They can’t save anyone.

While the common people of His day longed to have Jesus as their welfare King, the religious leaders were determined to kill Him (John 5:18; 6:15) because they envied Him and were afraid of losing their authority over the common people (Matthew 27:18; John 11:48). They dismissed, denied, or ignored the miraculous signs they had seen Him perform. Jesus came to His own people, but most of them rejected Him (John 1:12). How about you? What you and I believe about Him and how we respond to the Gospel will determine our eternal destiny in heaven or hell (John 3:16, 18, 36). Yes, they are real places (John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Was Jesus A Liar? Did He know deep down that His claims were false? He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). He asked, “Which of you convicts Me of sin” (John 8:46)? No one could do this because He was without sin (Hebrews 4:15). This was in sharp contrast to the false prophets and teachers who were/are audacious deceivers (2 Timothy 3:13; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, 13-15; 2 Peter 2:1). The coming Antichrist will be the greatest deceiver. He will be able to perform the same kind of miracles that Jesus and His apostles did (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 12:12). We sincerely hope you won’t be here on earth when he comes (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Would you like to learn how this is possible without your having to die? Did you know that there is a group of people who won’t die physically (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52)?

Was Jesus A Lunatic? After Jesus called His twelve apostles to follow Him, His family members thought He had gone out of His mind. The Scriptures predicted that this would happen (Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 10:1ff; Mark 3:13-21; Luke 24:7). His half brothers didn’t believe that He was the Messiah and the Son of God, and His half brother James didn’t believe on Him until after His bodily resurrection (John 7:5; 1 Corinthians 15:7). His enemies accused Him of being demon possessed (John 7:20; 8:48-52). But He responded to them by saying that a house divided against itself cannot stand (Matthew 12:25). No, He wasn’t crazy.

Was/Is He The Lord – Jehovah God? Let’s consider His own words (John 10:30, 34-36). He claimed to exist before Abraham and referred to Himself as the eternal “I AM” or Jehovah/God (John 8:58; Exodus 3:14). His works/miracles that God the Father gave for Him to do authenticated His claims to be God (John 5:17; 10:32, 37, 38; 17:4; 20:31). By the way, did you know that God has some specific works He wants His children to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10)? Jesus’ unique Person also validates His claim to be God. He said, I and My Father are one” (John 10:30). The Greek text, in which the New Testament was written, tells us that this means that He shares the same essence, attributes, and nature with God the Father. There isn’t just one Person who manifests Himself as three personalities – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God (John 1:1-18; Colossians 1:15-17; 2:9) and distinct from God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19, 20; John 14:16). Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist also testified to His deity (John 1:6-8, 15, 29-34). He was the forerunner of Christ (Malachi 3:1). But the Scripture itself testifies to Jesus’ credentials that He is indeed the God/man (John 10:35; Luke 24:27).

Gospel / Salvation. “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, … He was buried, … and He rose again [bodily] the third day according to the Scriptures, … He was seen by Cephas [Peter], then by the twelve” and by over 500 other witnesses (1 Corinthians 15:3-5; See Acts 1:1-11). It is possible for a person to know and believe the facts about Jesus and the Gospel but still be lost and headed for the eternal lake of fire. Not until one places his/her faith in Christ alone is he/she saved. We are not saved by our good works lest any one should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Evidence. If you’re a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, have you given evidence of this to other people by being baptized (immersed), and are you doing the good works that God wants you to be doing (Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Peter 4:10; James 1:22; 2:18-20)? Are you ready to give an answer to those who ask you about the hope you have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15)? If not, why?

Help. We’re here to assist those who aren’t sure if they are headed for heaven or not. “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

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The most important decision that we have to make in life relates to what we will do with the Lord Jesus Christ. When Pilate the governor asked the Jews what they wanted him to do with Jesus who is called the Christ, they said, “Let Him be crucified” (Matthew 27:22). What you do with Him will determine where you will spend eternity – in heaven or in the lake of fire (John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46). Denying that these places exist doesn’t change anything if Jesus is right. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). This was not and is not a politically correct statement and many people are upset by what He said. But I’ll take Jesus at His word because He alone died for our sins, was buried for three days and nights, and then rose again bodily from the dead. These facts were witnessed by over 500 people on ten different occasions over a 40 day period of time before He ascended back to heaven (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:1-11).

Choice. You can choose to reject Him or ignore Him to your own peril. But by your continual refusal to believe on Him as your personal Savior, you are condemning yourself to the lake of fire. “He [or she] that has the Son [as his/her personal Savior] has [eternal] life; he [or she] who does not have the Son of God does not have [eternal] life. These things I [the Apostle John] have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know [not wish, hope, or think] that you have eternal life…” (1 John 5:12, 13).

Time. Since you and I don’t know the day or the hour of our death, it’s only logical for us to make this most important decision of our life before it’s too late. “…For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1).

Gospel. My friend, this is the Good News that led to my being saved. I personalized it by believing that “Christ died for [my] sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). I’m trusting in Him alone to save me from the lake of fire and take me to heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Assurance. In addition to God’s written word that gives me assurance of my salvation (John 3:16; 1 John 5:13), I also have the inward assurance that comes from God the Holy Spirit who bears witness with my spirit that I am a child of God (Romans 8:16). Not everyone is God’s child (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). We must be born again from above for this to happen (John 3:3-7).

Purpose. Having been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures, and not of the cults, I desire to live my life to be well pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 5:9) and make Him known to others whom I meet along life’s path (1 Corinthians 10:31). I want to do the good works that He planned for me to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10) as a way of expressing my appreciation to Him for His gift of eternal life and the other spiritual blessings that are mine to enjoy (Ephesians 1:3).

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John 10:11-21

Suppose, after continually being attacked and rejected by most of the Jews of His day, Jesus decided that He didn’t want to give His life for them and said to His Father in heaven, “I quit! Let them all perish and go to h—.” Did you know that God didn’t provide salvation for Lucifer, the highest creature He ever made, who rebelled against Him and who became God’s adversary, the devil (Ezekiel 28:13-15)? Nor did God provide salvation for the the rebellious angels who followed him against God. Had God chosen to send all of us sinners to the lake of fire forever, He still would have maintained all His divine attributes: goodness, righteousness, omnipotence, omniscience, truth, love, and holiness. But God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, chose to die for all our sins, once and for all (Hebrews 10:10), while we were still sinners and His enemies (Romans 5:8, 10). That’s amazing grace!

The Good Shepherd

His Died. As the “Good Shepherd,” Jesus went all the way to the cross to die physically and spiritually so His sheep (i. e. those who would believe on Him) could live and have His quality of life – eternal life (John 3:16; 6:37, 44; 10:10-18) as a present possession that would go on into eternity. The payment for sin (lawlessness) had to be paid to God the Father before Jesus could offer eternal life to us sinners (Romans 6:23). While He was hanging on the cross, from noon until 3 P.M., God the Father laid on Jesus the sins of the whole world (Isaiah 53:6; Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46; 1 John 2:2). Only the God/man could bear all our sins and pay such a debt. The value of His death came from His being God, but the reality of His death came from His being a real man (See Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 1:19). His physical suffering was minor when compared to the spiritual suffering He experienced on the cross.

His Knowledge. Jesus knew/knows those who were/are His sheep (true believers) and those who aren’t His sheep (unbelievers). He knows them all by name and is intimately acquainted with them and all their needs (John 2:24, 25; 10:14; Hebrews 4:14-16; Philippians 4:19). The sheep know Him and recognize His voice when He calls for them (See John 11:43; 1 Thessalonians 4:16). They will follow Him unless they are spiritually sick and wander away from Him. But He will pursue after them and bring them back (Luke 15:3-7). He won’t lose any of His sheep (John 10:27-29; Romans 8:35-39). Do you know what God can/will do with His rebellious sheep without taking their salvation from them (1 Corinthians 11:30; Hebrews 10:30, 31; 12:5-11; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16, 17)?

His Other Sheep. Initially Jesus came to glorify God the Father (John 17:4) by offering the kingdom of the heavens to the Jews (Matthew 4:17; 10:1-15; See Daniel 2:44, 45). He was/is the rightful King of the Jews (Matthew 1:1-25; 2:2; 27:11; Luke 3:23-38). When most of them rejected Him, He extended salvation to the Gentiles (non-Jews) without their having to become proselyte Jews first (John 1:11, 12, 29; 4:22). After His bodily resurrection from the dead and His appearances to over 500 eye witnesses, He gave His disciples the responsibility of evangelizing not only the Jews, but also the Samaritans and the Gentiles (Acts 1:8). From all ethnic groups God would bring into existence a “New Creation” known as The Church which is His Body” (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:15; Colossians 2:24). Jews and Gentiles are saved the same way today (Romans 1:16). We all must believe that “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone to be saved (Acts 16:31). We aren’t saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

His Obedience. Jesus was obedient to God the Father (Hebrews 10:7, 9) and was led by God the Holy Spirit while He was here on earth (Matthew 4:1). Had not God the Father given Him the command to lay down His life in death (John 10:18), Jesus would have been committing suicide. In the garden Jesus prayed, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42; See Hebrews 10:7, 9). By doing this, Jesus was carrying out the Divine plan for the ages (Ephesians 1:11).

His Predictions. Jesus predicted His own death and bodily resurrection (John 2:19; Matthew 16:21; Luke 24:33- 43). He also chose the time and manner of His death (Psalm 22; Philippians 2:8). The Jewish leaders didn’t want to kill Him during the Passover feast but they were overruled because that was the predetermined time for Jesus to die (Matthew 26:5; Acts 4:28). The Passover lamb pictured Christ’s death (John 1:29). Jesus also chose to die at 3 P.M. from a ruptured heart (John 19:30-34). We don’t have that kind of control over our lives, but He did since He was/is the God-man (John 1:1-18).

Application. Even though the complete payment for the sins of all mankind has been paid by Jesus to God the Father, the gift of salvation and eternal life are only granted to those who place their faith in Christ alone to save them. Did you know that Christ even died for the sins of the false teachers (2 Peter 2:1)? But all those who die without Christ as their personal Savior and who refuse to believe on Him (John 1:12, 3:16, 18, 36:16:8-11) will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; 2 Peter 3:7; Jude 1:13; Revelation 21:8). How sad! Please make sure of your salvation (2 Peter 1:10).

Rescue Squad. If you’re a true Christian, why not join God’s “Rescue Squad” and give others the opportunity to hear the Gospel so they can believe on Him and be saved? God won’t forget our works and labors of love (Hebrews 6:10; 1 Corinthians 15:58). When a Christian is involved in pointing others to Christ for salvation, that one can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).  Will you receive one of them?

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