Yesterday was a day we all remember the horrific events of the terrorist attacks on the United States. And so we should. We also remember the bravery of many who risked their lives to protect others. All gave some, some gave all. It is right and just to remember; to remember their courage and sacrifice and to hold their memories in honor and respect. In risking their lives for others they displayed ultimate love. In doing so they displayed a Christ like love whether they realized it or not. Today I want to write on Christ’s love for us and what it means to be a true believer.
Jesus willingly gave His life for us, but we must first understand why that was needed in the first place and to do that we must go back to the beginning. In the beginning God created Man to have a relationship with Him. The Genesis account tells us how that relationship between God and Man was pure and wonderful, but then something appalling happened. Man sinned and broke God’s command. In doing so Man broke the awesome relationship between himself and God. God couldn’t just simply ignore the sin because God is so holy He cannot be around sin. A terrible rift had been made between Man and God. Besides the rift sin also demands justice. The justice to those who sin is death. Romans 3:23 states, “the wages of sin is death…” Since Man fell in the beginning sin is deeply rooted in him. It’s not just that we sin and therefore we are sinners, it’s that we have a sin nature and that’s why we sin. Man was in a desperate state and in need of a new heart. And this desperate state has been passed on through the generations. And so began God’s great plan of rescue.
The rift needed to be mended. The sin paid for. There was no possible way for Man to mend and pay for it himself and he was facing eternal death in hell. There was only one way; one desperate hope. That was for a pure and holy person to die to pay the price and mend the rift. But there was none among men that was pure and holy and certainly there was none among them willing to pay the price of sin for everyone else. Then came Jesus whose name means the LORD saves. He was and is The Chosen One of God. Chosen to be the one to pay the price and mend the rift. Jesus paid the price by freely giving up His life on the cross. No one took it. He gave it. And praise God Jesus did not stay dead but rose three days later. The grave could not hold Him because He was pure and holy. Jesus secured life for Man and now offers it to you. But how do we receive it for ourselves?
We receive this gift of life by taking God at His Word that Jesus is The One that paid the penalty of our sins and trusting in Him. We must trust Jesus with our eternal life. We must trust that He indeed did pay the price for us and that the rift is mended. Not only do we trust Him for our eternal life we must also trust Him to be Master of our present life. If He is your savior, the one who rescued you from sin, He is also your Lord and Master.
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Once you begin to trust Jesus this should be the beginning of a relationship with Him.
1 John 5:12
“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son does not have life.”
So it is in a relationship with Jesus based on trust that life and rescue are found. If you state, “oh I believe in Jesus” and yet you do not follow Him or obey His commands I would caution you that this is not a true relationship based on trust and belief.
1 John 2:3-6
“We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. That is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”
Actions will always follow what you truly believe. So if you place you belief and trust in Jesus then your actions will be to follow Him.
So there you have it; the greatest rescue plan of all time. The only question is have you received God’s gift of rescue? Have you begun that relationship with Him by turning to Him for salvation? If not turn to Him today because we’re not guaranteed tomorrow. If you have I encourage you to live out Jesus’ example of a sacrificial love for others. As you do so you will also honor the memory of the many that showed that Christ like love 12 years ago on 9/11.
1 John 3:16
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
Timothy Group Mission Statement
“…willing to be a living sacrifice so that others may live to know their Creator.”
That Others May Live,