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March 8, 2014

PASTOR'S PEN: Know God? No manner of death will keep you from him

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That’s the way of sin, it grows and strengthens and spreads and attacks and clings. Sorry folks, but that’s the reality we are stuck with, no matter what kind of positive spin is attempted to put on it. I won’t and you can’t afford me to pull any punches when it comes to telling you the truth about this. Because you have to understand the seriousness and the definiteness of the situation before you’ll see the need for the solution.

And that, of course, is Jesus Christ. Not the Jesus Christ of the ‘60s and ‘70s who supposedly promised people to trust in him and he would make their lives better. That was a false Jesus; never existed. And not the Jesus Christ of the televangelists who promise for a measly $19.95 they will not only send you their book, but Christ’s blessing of prosperity and wealth! That’s a false Jesus; never existed. There is no Jesus who promises to “make it all better.” At least, not in an earthly, physical sense.

There is, however, a Jesus — a real Jesus — who has promised that he has already made it all better spiritually speaking, and that one day at his choosing — the day of wringing out the earth of its sin — it would also make things physically all better as well. Glory comes through the cross, however. There’s no going around it. Jesus showed the way. Live under the law, survive in this world with the Father’s help, suffer and endure the sinful effects of the world and your own heart, and glory awaits you in the form of blissful rest with him.

This real Jesus, has won this other life for you by coming to live your life here and now. He lived without sin so that his Father would accept his living as yours. He died the death that sin deserved, so that his Father would accept his death in your place. This has already been done for you. There is nothing you have to do to obtain it. No, you don’t have to accept it. If you are to believe it, God will make it so. If you are to reject it, you will make it so.

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