Monday, August 28, 2023

One Way, One and Only Way

One Way, One and Only Way 
by David Brenneman 

As it's been said by many people, all other's who had began all the religions of the world, died. We know where their places of burial are. They died and won't return to this life.  One died for all, Jesus Christ, and came back from the dead. His burial place is empty. Both those who believed saw it empty as well as His enemies saw it empty.  

Bill Gaither wrote a song called "Because He Lives". There's significant truth in that single song title, let alone the rest of the words to it.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. 
Because He lives, all fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future, Life is worth the living just because He lives.

There are no arduous ceremonies or rituals to coming to Christ for salvation. 

He did it all.  He paid the full price of what was due to save you and I.  There's nothing more possible than to, after asking Him to save you, than to live for Him as He directs you through His Spirit.  

Another wonderful hymn is this one: 

I hear the Savior say,
"Thy strength indeed is small,
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all."

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow'r and Thine alone,
Can change the leper's spots
And melt the heart of stone. [Refrain]

For nothing good have I
Where-by Thy grace to claim;
I'll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv'ry's Lamb. [Refrain]

And when, before the throne,
I stand in Him complete,
"Jesus died my soul to save,"
My lips shall still repeat. [Refrain]

"Jesus Paid it All" - Elvina M. Hall 1865

It does not matter what you've done, how deeply you think your sins go.  Satan will try to convince you that you're too far gone. That God doesn't see you or cares about you.  Jesus said that Satan is a liar and the father of lies.  He does not want you to find the peace that only comes from the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ alone.

My Dear Reader, let today, this moment be between you and Jesus.  Let your heart be open to the free gift of salvation that He offers to you. 

Let your own crimson stains be washed as white as snow.  

At first even the very same thief that had been cursing Jesus, finally realized who Jesus was and called out to Him to remember him.  Jesus promised him that he would be with Him in paradise.  

Jesus promises and keeps His promises. 
We may only know those promises of His after we come in faith to be saved.  That thief knew of Jesus's promise after he believed.  What a statement it was for him to be standing in Paradise and being able to see the other thief across the chasm that separated them. 

If Jesus would save a man in the throws of a death sentence, He can save you.  

Your life will change.  Your life will be hidden in Christ Jesus.  Regardless of what goes on in it, the hand of God will guide you through it. 

What is required for you after coming to Christ?  To trust and obey the Word of God.  To live for Jesus.  Growing in Christ. 

It might not make your life easier, but it will make it possible to live it. 

God's taken this blog all over the world. It's by Him that this message finds its way to your eyes to read, your heart and mind to digest.  It's by no accident.  

Jesus loved you enough to die in your place.

For God so loved you that He gave His only begotten Son that if you believe in Him you will not perish but have everlasting life. 

"But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:8-13 NASB 

There you have it, the Word of God to you.

Jesus said that He came to seek and save the lost...that would be you and I. 

Come to Jesus by Chris Rice 

Weak and wounded sinner,
Lost and left to die,
O, raise your head for love is passing by,

Come to Jesus,
Come to Jesus,
Come to Jesus and live.

Now your burden's lifted,
And carried far away,
And precious blood has washed away the stain... so

Sing to Jesus ,
Sing to Jesus ,
Sing to Jesus and live.

And like a newborn baby,
Don't be afraid to crawl,
And remember when you walk sometimes we fall... so

Fall on Jesus,
Fall on Jesus,
Fall on Jesus and live.

Sometimes the way is lonely,
And steep and filled with pain,
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain... then

Cry to Jesus,
Cry to Jesus,
Cry to Jesus and live.

O, and when the love spills over,
And music fills the night,
And when you can't contain your joy inside... then

Dance for Jesus,
Dance for Jesus,
Dance for Jesus and live.

And with your final heartbeat,
Kiss the world goodbye,
Then go in peace, and laugh on glory's side... and

Fly to Jesus,
Fly to Jesus,
Fly to Jesus and live,

Fly to Jesus,
Fly to Jesus,
Fly to Jesus and live.

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. Lockman Foundation.

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