Quotes and Notes for the Day
WHY DID JESUS COME TO EARTH
THE FIRST TIME? – II
” For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” Hebrews 9:26
One of the greatest words a hell-deserving sinner can ever hear is the word, “Forgiven.” Yes, forgiven through the blood of Christ that was shed on the cross of Calvary for the despicable wicked sin of humanity. For that very same reason the writer of the book of Ephesians assuredly states in Ephesians 1:7, “ in whom we have redemption even the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”
2.Jesus came the first time to earth to Remove the Sin: Humanity has a major problem it can not solve or get rid of by any effort of his own- the problem of Sin! “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. “there is not a just man upon the earth that doth good and sinneth not.” Ecclesiastic 7:20 The Scripture also clearly says that ” the soul that sinneth it shall die.” and Romans 6:23 reaffirms this truth when it records that “the wages of sin is death…”
However the God of love and mercy had not left mankind to its own doom! But has provided a remedy for sin; and that remedy is the person and work of Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. At the birth of Christ the angel proclaimed the reason why Jesus came to this earth and was born of a virgin: The angle declared that “ she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sin.” When John the Baptist saw Jesus Christ for the first time, he accurately stated, “ Behold the lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” and in the book of Hebrews 9:26 this same truth is put forth in an unmistakable terms, when it says, ” But now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”
There are numerous reason floated about how or why our sins can be removed. Some sincere religious people believe that sin can be removed by baptism,either by pouring, sprinkling or even by immersion. These naive people are sadly mistaken. For all the water, in all the world, can not or could not remove one spot or stain of sin.
3.Jesus came the first time to Rescue the Soul: one of the greatest verses in the New Testament is the verse where Jesus said, ” For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” That word “Lost” precisely describes sinful humanity’s plight. Sinful man was perishing in its depravity, without hope, or help in sight. Death was our dark projectory, hopeless grave our future, and an everlasting burning heel our sure eternity, but Christ entered the scene and brought hope to our despairing souls. Like the ancient Israelites our soul was aimlessly wandering in the wilderness of despair and sin with no hope in sight, but Jesus steeped in; and for those who put their trust and faith in him; their feet are now firmly fixed on the highway to heaven and our eternal destination is sure and steadfast.
4.Jesus Christ came to earth the first time to Reconcile the Sinner: The word “reconcile” is a sound biblical word which means to re-unite or to bring back together. A holy God and unholy human race were as far separated from each other as distance is possible, but Jesus Christ entered the scene and bridged the gap between a righteous God and unrighteous humanity, through His atoning work on the cross. 1st Peter 3:18 expresses this truth when it states, ” For Christ has also once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” Also Colossians 1:20-21, clearly depicts this truth of divine reconciliation saying, “And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him, to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you that were sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.”
Yes, at the Cross two opposite entities meet in perfect communion and harmony. The gospel song writer aptly expressed this truth when he wrote: “Alas and did my Saviour bleed, and did my Sovereign die; would He devote that sacred head for such a worm as I.” ” And the Chorus sounds; ” At the Cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light; and the burden of my heart rolled away; it was there by faith I received my sight, and now I am happy all the day.”
To be continued…………………….
from the Peoples Gospel Hour Staff
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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.