Friday, September 4, 2020
What Jesus did! See it?!?
“I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” Mark 1:41 NLT
Primordial darkness heard the almighty God order, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3), and immediately, light was. Today, the word of the Lord Jesus in our lives is equal in majesty to that ancient word of creative power. Redemption, like creation, has its mighty words. Jesus speaks, and something is done. In our Lord’s day, leprosy yielded to no human remedy—but it fled immediately at the Lord’s “I am willing.” The disease showed no hopeful signs of going away, and nature contributed nothing to a healing—but the simple, unaided word of Jesus accomplished the entire cure, on the spot and forever. Sinners are in a more miserable condition than the leper was; let them imitate his example and go to Jesus, “imploring him, and kneeling” (Mark 1:40 ESV). Let us exercise what little faith we have, even if it is only to say, “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean” (Mark 1:40 NLT). Then we don’t need to doubt the result of our plea: Jesus heals all who come, and casts out no one. In reading the passage in which our morning’s text occurs, it is worthy of serious note that Jesus touched the leper. This unclean person had broken through the prohibitions of the ceremonial law and pushed his way into the crowd, but Jesus—far from scolding him—broke through the law himself to meet the man. He made a trade with the leper, for as Jesus touched the man, He became defiled according to the law of Leviticus. In the same way, Jesus Christ was made to be sin for us (though in himself He knew no sin), that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). Oh, if only poor sinners would go to Jesus, believing in the power of His blessed substitutionary work—they would soon learn the power of His gracious touch. The hand that multiplied the loaves, that saved Peter from sinking, that upholds afflicted saints, that crowns believers—that same hand will touch every seeking sinner, and in an instant make him or her clean. The love of Jesus is the source of salvation. He loves, He looks, He touches—and we live. - C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening
Many have been lied to in this world.
Yes a great many people have been lied to.
Satan tells the lies and people believed it.
What lies? The lies that a person can lose their Salvation, that's what!
Salvation is not wrought in anything you bring to the table. Nothing. Nada, zilch, zero. Salvation is entirely from God through Christ Jesus. He came as a sinless man. Lived a sinless life, suffered profusely, horrifically, was then nailed to a cross, hung up with common criminals. Died on that cross. 3 days later arose from the dead taking His place as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and Conqueror of the grave. Defeating sin, death and the grave.
He made the way to Salvation, Him alone, nobody else. He took on all the sin of all mankind when He was on the cross. He did it.
Scripture confirms it. Even non-Biblical works record it. Jesus did it. Wholly and completely. When someone comes to Christ for Salvation He by no means will cast them away. Scripture tells us that.
Scripture also says that He who begins a good work in us will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. He began the work. Him. Jesus. Yes, Him. What Jesus has begun nobody can stop.
My friend it's impossible to end what Jesus has begun. If indeed you meant it by coming to Christ, He is GOING to finish that Salvation in you. Either in this life or at your death, Salvation will be completed.
Satan would have people believe that they can lose their Salvation. I know from personal experience. For several decades he played upon my fears trying to get me to believe that I was too far gone. That Jesus had given up on me. That it was futile to keep on hoping.
In time, Jesus burst through the lies and touched me again. I only am where I am in Christ today because of what Jesus did. He keeps His promises. He began a work in me and He is going to continue it. To make me more like Christ.
The same thing goes for you. Don't listen to the lies of self. The lies that coming to Christ will make you weak and vulnerable. The lies that you will have everything to lose that you enjoy in life if you ever come to Christ. Lies, lies and more lies! We shouldn't look at it that way anyway! In Christ we gain every good thing! In Christ we gain a new address, our true home is now in Heaven with God. Our soul is now safe with Him. We will never endure the agony of death. There's a difference between the agony of dying and the agony of death. Many a human being have died painfully. But that moment after dying is no longer a painful one. Unless you die apart from Christ then your next breath is taken in Hell.
The choice of your destination is also something that Satan will lie to you about. You choose to accept or reject Christ. That is no lie. That's what also became of Christ rising from the dead. Choice was given to man. Your choice is a Heaven or Hell difference. Choosing matters. There's no sitting on a fence about it. Satan owns the fence. Nobody can live a 'good' life. If you could live a perfect life, but have not Christ as your Savior, you would still spend eternity in Hell. One who comes to Christ is written in the Book of Life. Those not written there will never be in Heaven.
There are more lies and twists of Scripture that Satan does to us that he tried to do with Jesus. Be aware of that!
Today look through what you think in life. Look for Jesus in the crowd as the one who wants to be healed did. Seek Him and He WILL find you. He WILL tell you the truth you are craving to hear.
Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.