“And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:33-34, ESV)
This week we celebrate the very definition of Hope; salvation, brought only through the Messiah; God’s Son, given for the sake of all mankind. What a humbling thought, that the Creator of the universe would not simply come strictly to pay the price and then depart, but He came to live among us; to experience what we experience, the pains, sorrows, struggles and even the joys of everyday life.
Why would God bankrupt Heaven to come to earth to set us free? He is our Father in Heaven; that’s what parents do. However, not everyone has that understanding. Perhaps you are one. It is one thing to say we love someone, but that can say many different things; we may truly love someone deep down and not even really like them. When you truly “like” someone, you want to be with them; to hang out with them. Rest assured, God doesn’t just love you; He likes you!
Maybe you are reading this and wondering to yourself, “What does this have to do with me? I don’t believe that way.” The Good News is, He didn’t come to condemn you, but to save you (John 3:17) because, whether you realize it or not, we are all in need of a Savior. “God so loved the world that He gave His unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in Him will never perish but experience everlasting life.” (John 3:16, TPT). If you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you are lost in sin and He wants you to find Him and have the abundant life only found in Him (John 10:10).
The first time Jesus came, He came as a humble servant; born in a manger, riding on a donkey, washing His disciple’s feet. But He is coming again; this time as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. “Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True.” (Revelation 19:11, ESV) “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him” (Revelation 1:7)
God sent His Son for everyone to see. One day soon, whether it is when He returns to the earth or when we depart this life, each of us will participate in a predetermined meeting with Jesus Christ, face-to-face, regardless of whether we claim to be Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, or otherwise. The Bible clearly says, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5, ESV).
God created you with divine purpose. Sin created a chasm between God and man. One day long ago, on a hill called Calvary, on an old rugged cross, Jesus reached from Heaven to earth, from God to man, creating a bridge for you and me to come into fellowship with God once again.
With all my heart, I encourage you this Easter Season, come to the Cross of Jesus Christ – the place of forgiveness, and into new life!
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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.
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