“Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of the highest honour and gave Him the Name above all other names, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in Heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Often, we have a mindset that the enemy is in control of everything that happens on this earth. Yet that is simply not true. Although it is undeniable the stain of the enemies footprints are everywhere to be seen, it is ultimately God who is the ruler and reign-er of this earth, the Heavens and the universe. The book of John tells us that nothing was made without the voice of Jesus. And nothing has changed since then. By the power of God’s voice the earth was created and in the Name of Jesus the world is sustained. Perhaps the writer of the Christmas carol, ‘joy to the world’ had it right all along. He truly does rule the world with His truth and grace.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.. . He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”
John 3:16, 2 Peter 3:9b
Sin can sometimes feel like a spider web. You get enticed by its appeals, yet slowly it encompasses you and starts to spin you around in lures and false temptations and hopes. Before you know you are trapped in its bound and perhaps in the cycle of sinning. If that is you, then all is not lost. There is hope. That hope is Jesus Christ. He came so we won’t perish in our sin. Instead He breaks every chain that binds us by the power of His love and grace. Furthermore, He doesn’t want any of us to perish but for us to live, and live in the fullness of His love. He loved us so much, that is why He came to this world. Friend, there is a way out, there is hope and there is a future for you, free from the binds of sin, and the spider web that you may feel trapped in. God is on your side. Just repent, believe and accept His love and forgiveness, and watch every chain that has been binding you fall away!!
“…For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many, But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and His gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.”
Isn’t the word BUT such a wonderful word. In a positive context, all that can come before it, can be swept away by what precedes it. Today’s wonderful bible verse is a perfect example of this. The writer of Romans explains to us, that because of Adam’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden, death and sin entered the world. BUT because of the grace of God, who sent Jesus to take the place for the punishment of our sin and the death caused by it, we are free by receiving His forgiveness. It’s like everything before the BUT is swept away by this river of grace. There is no longer any need to focus on what comes before the BUT rejoice in what happened after it. That BUT was a turning point in the history of mankind, and if you allow it, can be a turning point in your life too. Receive His forgiveness and live in the fullness of God’s grace.
“So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now you are united with the One who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God.”
Have you ever thought about why we sign legal documentation when we get married? Well, quite simply, it is to show that ‘legally’ two people are joining together to become one. It is almost like a ‘binding contract’ between two people. Moreover, in God’s eyes, until that ‘contract’ is broken through the passing of a spouse, marital unfaithfulness is adultery.
The writer of Romans, alludes also to the picture of marriage to explain how the power of sin and the law is broken. Before Christ, the law was the standard and guideline for holy living and ‘spiritual faithfulness’; almost as if we were married to it. Step outside of it, break it or abuse it and it was classed as ‘spiritual adultery’ of which there were severe consequences. Yet when Jesus died and rose again, His death separated us from the bind of the law, ‘trying to do good and keep all the laws’, and instead we were given new life, raised in Chrisr, because of Christ. Simply put, Jesus’ death broke the power of sin and the law, and His resurrected life has set us free and allowed us to be united to Christ, not to sin and the law.
It is Christ in us that produces good works for His glory. Not ourselves, not our ‘contractual’ obligations to be faithful, but a right standing and liberating relationship with our Heavenly Father. We are free from ‘doing’ because we have to be good! We rather now do good because we are free!
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness.”
When Jesus came to the earth, as mentioned yesterday, He didn’t just come as a ticket to Heaven. He came so that we could live life to its fullness here now on this earth. When we pray ‘Lord let Your Kingdom come and Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven’ we are praying for every blessing that is in Heaven to become real on this Earth in our everyday lives. Jesus came to bring peace in our troubled world, life where there was only death and joy when there was despair. He came to penetrate every part of our thinking, choices and actions with His glory. This is life in its fullness. Living in Him and for Him. Life without Christ is not worth living. It becomes only temporary satisfaction. It is only Jesus that can fill our hearts to overwhelming. Invite the life giver into every part of your heart and watch and see Jesus’ blessings overwhelm your souls.