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The Days Following the First Easter…


   “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7, ESV)

  Last week I asked the question, “Why did Jesus come?”  Most Americans have heard of Jesus, even if they don’t necessarily believe in Him.  Many would go so far as to say Jesus died on the cross to forgive us of our sins.  That, of course, is true.  In some Christian traditions, it stops right there though.  If that was all Jesus accomplished while with us on earth, that certainly would’ve been enough.  But, there’s more to the story.

  A few weeks ago, I wrote about God’s concept of “Seedtime and harvest” (See Genesis 8:22); the means through which God has established reproduction in plants, animals and human beings, and all the living creation.  But this is a spiritual concept as well.  As you probably know, God put a man and a woman in the Garden of Eden to tend it, enlarge it, populate it and provide a people for the Lord.  Unfortunately, Satan, who was here the entire time, pulled a fast one on the couple and they surrendered dominion to him.  From that day, humanity became subservient to his diabolical plan, passed down from generation to generation.

  Jesus, the Perfect Man, came to take God’s people back and begin the slow process of redeeming and restoring all of creation.  By His sinless life, and through the offering of His body on the Cross to pay for our sinfulness, He became the Seed; through our faith in Him.  That Seed would be planted in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, through which God would populate the earth again.  And in a joint-effort with His redeemed men and women, He would likewise the Heavenly places with Kingdom-minded believers, thereby pushing back against the works of the devil.

  Wherever the Gospel goes, it produces fruit this same way: a seed of the Word of God is sown in the heart of another person, and as they receive it Heaven is populated with one more soul.  

  This month, churches all over San Diego County are distributing Gospel tracts along with the Jesus movie to every home under the leadership of Saturate San Diego.  Through this effort, many are coming to salvation through faith in Christ and our society; our very culture is being penetrated.  What will follow is Revival!

  But there’s more.  Jesus wanted us to be more than a people sitting around waiting to die, He wanted us to be saved, yes, but He wanted ambassadors, filled with His power, to first see miracles in our own lives and then share the Good News that Jesus is alive and is keenly aware of your life; what’s more, He’s intensely interested in everything that involves you, from your greatest successes to your most dismal failures, with all the grace you can fathom to set you free, put your mind at ease and provide for your every need.  

  “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.  But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:26-29, ESV).

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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.

  The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Times-Advocate.

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