- To share the good news of the gospel with anyone asking the reason of the hope bubbling up from inside me (1 Peter 3:15)
- To encourage believers to set their hope in God and not forget the works of God,but keep his commandments (Psalm 78:7)
Are you separated from Christ, having no hope and without God in the world? By one man, Adam, sin came into the world. And death and hopelessness resulted. And every man came to deserve death, because everyone broke God's law.
Have you ever sinned and broken God's law? Have you ever lied, stolen, hated someone (Jesus said that that is the same as committing murder in your heart), loved anything more than God? Of course you have. We all have. We cannot stand before a perfect, holy Being and be called innocent, good, or righteous.
But, "as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." (1 Cor.15:22) How is this possible? Aren't we guilty before God? Yes, we were, but now in Christ Jesus those of us who believe have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Able to stand before a holy God. Because, at the cross, Jesus took the punishment and the death that belonged to you. And then he came back to life, abolishing death's grip. "The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Cor.15:56-57)
He won a battle we could only have lost. Now you have a choice. Death or life. Repent, cry out to God for forgiveness and accept the gift of life through His only Son's sacrifice. Follow Jesus. Have hope. Live...
Or live your own life. Your own way. The way that leaves you hopeless. The way that ends in death. God's Word says "I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life..."(Deut.30:19 ESV).
Join me in "waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works." (Titus 2:13-14 ESV)