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WHY DID JESUS COME TO EARTH

THE FIRST TIME?  –  III

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

5.Jesus Christ Came  to Earth the First Time to Relieve the Sorrows:  This part of the outline carries strong Scriptural support  from Isaiah 53:4 which says, ” Surly he hath born our griefs and carried away our sorrows, yet we did esteem him strike, smitten of God.”   In Matthew 11:28-29, Christ personally invited grief stricken souls, burdened heavy by their sorrows, to cast their burdens on Him.  In those wonderful verses Jesus encouraged heavy burdened souls to allow Him to take their load of care and find eternal rest for their souls:  ” Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meed and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest for your souls.”

The Apostle Peter  reaffirmed this loving invitation when he implored:  in 1st Peter  5:7, ” Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.”  yes, “all our cares” upon him.  Dear friend, if your soul is burdened down with the cares of this life, and your heart aches seems to overwhelm you, take them to Jesus! He is truly a friend who cares and who understands.  the gospel song writer implored,

” No one understands like Jesus;  He is a friend beyond compare.

Meet Him at the throne of mercy, He is waiting for you there.

No one understands like Jesus, when the days are dark and grim.

No one is so near, so dear as Jesus; cast your every care on Him.”

He will truly take them all away!!

5.Jesus Christ came to earth the first time to Renew the Spirit.  It is a Scriptural truth that everyone of us when we are born in to this world were not born as Christians. We are all born in sin, therefore spiritually dead- dead to God, dead to the Holy Spirit; dead to the spiritual realities of life.   Yes, by natural birth, we were spiritually estranged from God. According to Ephesian 2:5,  we were dead in our sins.  Completely alienated from God as Ephesians 2:12, ” …. having no hope, and without God in the world.”

Through the faith in Christ, our spirits were renewed; we are born from above; and  became the recipients of eternal life. We read in Ephesians  2:5-6 we read, “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened (made alive) us together with Christ, (by grace are ye saved); and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”   To Maratha in John 11:25-26, Christ gave this blessed assurance: “ I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth  in me shall never die, Believeth thou this?”

Friend, Jesus Christ came from heaven the first time to earth, to achieve several divine goals expressed above. Those goals have been achieved in the lives of  repentant sinners who have trusted in His grace.  Are you one of them? Have you experienced the forgiveness of your sins?  If not, may we ask you , ” Why not??”  The door still is open, and the gospel invitation is for you, “And the Spirit and the bride say, come. And let him that hearth say come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17

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)

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