Sunday, April 29, 2012

We are God's creation

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV

As believers, by the grace and mercy of our Father, we have all been born again to a new life in Christ.  We are no longer our old selves, but are a new creation.  Our new life is the life that God intended us to live before sin came into the world. 

"The old is gone. The new has come" 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

We've been created by God to fulfill His purpose in our lives.  He intends that we should do many good things.  Through his Holy Spirit, God makes known to us in our hearts all that He requires of us.  In pray and reflection, through reading His Word, we will come to understand.  

We recognize you as our creator.  Strengthen us daily to answer Your calling on our lives.  Make us humble creatures, ready to walk with You.  We pray in the name of Your Son Jesus Messiah. Amen.  

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Story of the Cross

The death of Jesus Christ on the cross was not an accident.  Instead, it is part of God's redemptive plan for mankind, set in motion at the foundation of creation.

God created man with freewill. Since the day Adam ate of the forbidden fruit, disobeying God and activating sin the world, man has been in need of redemption.

Throughout the Hebrew Bible, man continued to live in disobedience towards God.  

God's redemptive plan has been completed with the sacrifice of Jesus Messiah on the cross at Calvary. 

Jesus died for the sins of mankind.  Only Jesus, who was  pure and perfect, could be sufficient sacrifice, a complete atonement for the sins of mankind, now and forever.

Redemption from sin is a free gift of God's mercy and grace.  We need only accept Jesus, believing Him to be the atonement for our sins and believing Him to be the Son of God. 

"I have been crucified with Christ and no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body I live through faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20

We thank you for your precious gift of Your Son, Jesus of Nazareth.  You gave him the form of man, that He might live on the earth and die on the cross, a substitute for our sins, the death that we rightfully should have received, fulfilling the cost of our sin.
We pray in the name of the Son.  Amen