Several years ago now, I believe that God gave me a message, He would be telling me things and it was up to me to tell others. To me, it's much like the Watchman on the Wall as described in the Old Testament. The Watchman was told that it was on him to warn others about any approaching dangers. God's apparently gifted me with being able to type and write. So I put the old definition of a writer along with the concept of a watchman together. So what I hear I type and share with others.
Thursday, October 13, 2022
He Chose You
He Chose You
by David Brenneman
Ever read something and not see something? 1 Thessalonians begins with an introduction from Paul. But right there in the midst is: knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you.
Jesus chose you.
The King of Kings and Lord of Lords...chose you.
The Creator of everything...chose you.
The One whom loves us...chose you.
The Righteous One...chose you.
The...list can go on.
Go down through this list of descriptions of Jesus...He chose you.
It's a very profound thought. It's beyond a wonder to me. I know my sins. I know the guilt that I should indeed carry, that He's taken away from me. I know the weight of that sentence of death that He took upon Himself in my place...He chose to do that. He chose.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16.
Now read the rest of that conversation with Nicodemus:
"For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him. The one who believes in Him is not judged; the one who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light; for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light, so that his deeds will not be exposed. But the one who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds will be revealed as having been performed in God.” John 3:17-21 NASB.
In Christ we are not judged guilty. If you reject Christ then indeed your guilt remains. Dear Reader, He chose you, but you need to choose Him. You need to have a real relationship with Jesus.
Jesus chose you. He chose to leave perfection, to be born of a woman. To grow up as a human being. To endure everything that you would. Yet was found to be without sin. He came to do that, then to die in your place. To receive your death sentence upon Himself, for you.
He decided that you are worth dying for.
Once you do come to Christ for salvation, then we get to live like those who truly are alive. We get to live showing our appreciation to Him for saving us, for choosing us.
Brings to mind a song:
I once was lost in sin
but Jesus took me in
And then a little light
from heaven filled my soul
It bathed my heart
in love and wrote my name above
And just a little talk
with Jesus made me whole
Now let us have a little talk with Jesus
Let us tell Him all about our troubles
He will hear our faintest cry
He will answer by and by
Now when you feel
a little prayer wheel turning
And you know a little fire is burning
You will find a little talk
with Jesus makes it right.
How marvelous! how wonderful! And my song shall ever be: How marvelous! how wonderful! Is my savior's love for me!
The joy at being set free from a death sentence!
He chose you. He chose me...and people like me to share that wonderful news with you!
This world IS a limited time place of existence. It was, around 7 thousand years ago, designed to go on forever. Sin came through Adam and Eve, and the end of sin had to be established. The Bible says that God cannot allow sin to continue. It had to be dealt with. While on the cross, His Father set a date and time for the end of all physical things.
He established a great many things that would happen and wrote them in the Bible. As miraculous as it sounds, not one has failed to happen according to His time-line. Not many remain. Please let that sink in: not many remain.
Jesus says a day has been set by the Father’s own authority.
Jesus chose you. He chose to take your place if only you would come to Him to ask Him to save you. There's no tricks or gimmicks. No slight of hand. The gift and offer are free.
It's out of gratitude that we live for the One whom would take our death sentence upon Himself. To that One who would forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.
Oh how marvelous! How wonderful! is my Savior's love for me!
My prayer for all who reads or has ever read these posts is that they would come to personally know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. That they would know, personally, the love of God for themselves.
It still blows my mind that the One who created everything would point to me and say "Him. I will take his place. Give to me what he deserves. Sentence me in his place."