Thank you for the kind word, but I assure you the praise belongs to the God of my salvation through Jesus Christ the Lord! I can only hope the LORD
will grant me wisdom from Him that I might share with you the goodness of the LORD; that I not be ashamed in this stewardship.
Who are we that Almighty God, the Creator of all things would care to have an abiding relationship with us? His Love is so much more profound than I
can even express or conceive. In His abundant Love and kindness created us for friendship with Him, and bestowed upon us great gifts more precious
than we can know. This alone is worthy of endless thanks and praise!
Yet though He is the LORD God of Heaven and Earth, All-Good, All-Mighty, Ever-living and Supreme, He did not abandon us as a people even after we had
disobeyed Him. Though we became as a people cursed due to our transgression against God, as God has warned, an inevitability of His Deity, and though
this alone put us at enmity with Him, He did not abandon us in frustration, or utterly destroy us from memory in wrath, but instead began the
revealing of His perfect plan for redemption and restoration, ultimately through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Who is the Word of God, the
only begotten Son of God, yet born unsullied and without blemish, conceived of a virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit. Lest we be confused, this
Jesus we speak of is the visible Image of the invisible God, and verily God-Incarnate!
Consider this thought for some time:
3 Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain glory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves:
4 Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men's.
5 For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man.
8 He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.
9 For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names:
10 That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth:
11 And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
Yet not only did He come down from Heaven to dwell amongst His rebellious children, to comfort, heal, and teach them; to deliver them from the curse
of sin and death; but that He did this knowing very well the suffering, pain, and suffering it would mean to Him, and yet He still chose to do so.
Why? Would you believe it, this Holy, Sovereign, and Supreme God did it because He loves us that much? It not that we loved Him, for by our sin we are
enemies of God, but because He created us, and Loves us, for God is
Love! Now imagine His Passion and death. Jesus is the source of all life,
for He is the Life. Consider His descent into the place of the dead. Jesus is the Light of the world and was forsaken to the darkness of the tomb. It
is delightful to imagine what it would be like: the glorious bursting forth of His Light into Hades. He did this all because He loves YOU
because He desires friendship with you, communion with Him that leadeth to eternal life. Though He is the Son of God, Perfect and Holy, Jesus became
as a criminal, as a rebellious sinful man of the worst sort though He was not, to take upon Himself the just punishments of the Father for our sins
that the requirements of the law be fulfilled. It was an exchange of the just for the unjust from the bondage of sin, to free us from the devils
tethers, that we could become children of God! Do you believe?
God is Holy, Just and Mighty in executing judgement, with none who could bear up under His Perfect judgements. We have seen glimpses of this facet of
Gods' goodness throughout the Old Testament scriptures, He is fierce and He is furious in His righteous indignation. We also find glimpses of His
patience, mercy, generosity, love and kindness, and faithfulness towards His friends, those who fear Him, and follow His commands.
It was not until God revealed Himself to mankind in His Son Jesus the Christ-King prophesied from long ago, that we can really begin to truly
appreciate many aspects of Gods' awesomeness. Two points that stand out: the horror of the sin of man and why the law demands death for it, why the
law is perfect, just, and good, and in stark contrast to this, the even greater love God has for us In Christ Jesus. This love God has shown to men by
sending His son to suffer and die for them, is a fiery passion unlike anything know from the natural order of things. Yet it is precisely this love
that God has shown to us that He commands first we must receive from His endless fount, then to Him, and then to reciprocate His love to each other.
We can not please God apart from Christ Jesus. Neither can we love. For Jesus Christ is the Incarnation of all that is good and perfect, holy and
true. This definition couldn't possibly sufficiently render what is due, for Gods' ways are not our ways, and His thoughts not out thoughts, His ways
are as far above our ways as the highest Heaven is above the earth. I encourage you to search out the Word, to taste and see, for our God is a living
God and His Word is Powerful, Alive, and active! Come as you are and receive His forgiveness, His Love. Taste and see that the LORD is Good!
6 If any one abide not in me, he shall be cast forth as a branch, and shall wither, and they shall gather him up, and cast him into the fire, and he
7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 In this is my Father glorified; that you bring forth very much fruit, and become my disciples.
9 As the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you. Abide in my love.
10 If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; as I also have kept my Father's commandments, and do abide in his love.
11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be filled.
12 This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14 You are my friends, if you do the things that I command you.
15 I will not now call you servants: for the servant knoweth not what his lord doth. But I have called you friends: because all things whatsoever I
have heard of my Father, I have made known to you.
16 You have not chosen me: but I have chosen you; and have appointed you, that you should go, and should bring forth fruit; and your fruit should
remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
17 These things I command you, that you love one another.
Have you not heard, or have you not understood the goodness of the LORD, His power and love, and His plan for your salvation? If we die to sin with
Him, in baptism and sacrament, spirit and truth, the record containing our transgressions is destroyed; it is nailed to the Cross! If we die with Him
have confidence in this blessed hope and promise, that we will rise in Him!
What do you have to lose?
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