Thursday, December 8, 2011

Almighty God says 'He' measures up.

Does anyone measure up as pleasing to God? Yes. One person does, and that is Jesus. He alone measures up and is God's answer to a world of people needing help from the out-of-control, downward spiral of sin.  It's Jesus alone who measures up to a world of people who don't know how to be at peace with God, so instead they shun God   The only hope to a world of people searching for lasting peace, and lasting love, but don't know to go about getting it, is through Jesus.  No other person, past, present or future measures up. God said, 'This is my Son, whom I love, and am well pleased.'  God's most precious Son, willingly left the heavens, in order to be born of the Holy Spirit to a young virgin woman, thus fulfilling numerous prophesies written of the coming Messiah. He became as one of us, meaning human, for the sole purpose of becoming the perfect sacrificial Lamb to die for the sins of every man, woman, and child. Yes, He measured up and He clearly and conclusively won the spiritual battle over sin and death for us!


God is infinite - His power, wisdom and love is without end
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Think about God for a minute.  God is without limitations, unlike us.
He can be with you, hear prayers of the saints, know when a bird falls from the sky, and be in the heavens all at the same moment. Our human minds can't phantom His power, intellect, wisdom, holiness, omnipotence and total sovereignty.  No matter how much we think or try, we can't come close by placing our human values and calculations on His infinite greatness. We are incapable of comprehending an infinite God with our non-infinite minds. God is Spirit. We have no earthly way of measuring or defining His Holiness. God is without form-He can't be seen or measured.  Mistakes and/or lies are not of His Nature. He is totally just and without fault. Nothing occurs or has occurred without His knowledge because He is all knowing. Time and space are His to command. He always was, always has been, and always will be.


The Plan- The Sacrificial Lamb - Jesus would die for all our sins-Victory!
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Now, think about Jesus for a minute. The very essence of God, was sent from heaven on a mission to complete and settle a spiritual war that affects every person, every soul. Jesus, came on the scene in the most humblest, lowly manner. He then grew up and began His ministry of teaching, healing, and, as foretold, He was rejected, and ultimately hung on a tree before the world, and before God. The Sacrificial Lamb had the sins of the world placed upon Him, and died for our sins so we wouldn't have to. On the third day, by the power of the Holy Spirit, He arose, and In doing so, he won the spiritual victory over sin and death. He defeated the enemy, Satan who wants every person to reject Jesus, die in their sins and not inherit what God has for them. But Jesus' cruxifiction satisfied all requirements God demands for the payment for all mankind's sins. Any person who believes on Jesus, and accepts Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord, will have their sins totally forgiven, and be freed from the penalty of sin. You are no longer an enemy of God, but become one of His children with rights of inheritance. You won't be condemned for your sins on Judgement Day. and to top it off, your future home will be in heaven, where you will enjoy spiritual life. All of this is because of Jesus, His obedience, His act of love for each of us and His victory, He holds the keys to death and sin- not Satan. Thank God.
         

The Sacrificial Lamb- died so we'd be spared the penalty of our sins.
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 Now, think about your position for a minute. Will God see your sins covered by the atoning, redeeming blood of His Son on Judgment Day?  If upon taking your last breath you've rejected Jesus as your Savior, your sins will have been paid by you. The big problem will be you can't pay the penalty because you can't provide an acceptable sacrifice. The only acceptable sacrifice is Jesus. Only God could come up with such a plan so we'd have hope and assurance  of enjoying spiritual life with Him forever.
 
God desires all to accept His free gift of Jesus to inherit spiritual life
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So, the very essence of God, in human fleshly form, named Jesus, made himself the once-and-for-all sacrifice, sealing-the-deal, and defeating the power of sin and spiritual death. It's finished, the penalty's been paid-in-full and it's a done deal for us. Jesus stands high and mightily the winner and victor. He holds the keys and is seated in the heavens as proof.  Now, on our part, all anyone needs to do are admit we're a sinner and we can't save ourselves. Then, exercise faith in God and acknowledge Jesus is His Son, and accept His sacrifice He willingly paid for each soul ransoming each soul that believes from 'spiritual death'. Upon doing this act of faith, a spiritual transformation takes place within the heavens and your name is entered into the Book of Life, granting you an eternal home in heaven. This is known as 'spiritual life'. If you sincerely meant it within your heart, from that moment on you need not worry or wonder if God will condemn you come Judgement Day. You don't have to wonder if you've performed enough good deeds, or if you lived your life pleasing enough to God.  Even if you devoted every waking moment your entire lifetime doing good deed after good deed, your efforts would fall short.  All of us are born with a sin nature, meaning we all have within us potential for sin, and, no one can claim to be without sin.  Good deeds, and living by the Golden Rule, are all fine and dandy, but sorry, none of that satisfy asGod requires for sins to be forgiven. Sinners can't offer an acceptable, perfect, pure, sinless sacrifice to God.  But thank God, in His love and mercy upon us, He provided the perfect sacrifice for us, in Jesus.  Hook up with Him, ask Jesus to be your Savior. Your choosing Him will change your destiny forever. Jesus measures up. He's God's gift to you. Your sins are forgiven ONLY through Him.

Stories of mans' sins, acceptable sacrifices, then Jesus are told the Bible
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Summerizing it all- God is Spirit and He will forgive sin by only one way.
                           Sin require an offering and death of a pure sacrifice to God
                               as a payment for sins, & it must be acceptable to God.
                        God sent his Son to be the Sacrificial Lamb offering and
                                                  payment for man's sins.
                             Jesus measured up by saving us from a penalty of
                          spiritual death, that we rightly deserve because of our sins.
                            Jesus has already paid the death penalty for you.
                                      To receive this free gift, all you have to
                               to do is accept Jesus by faith. It's a spiritual thing.
                              

   Action steps- Admit that you are a sinner & can't do anything to save yourself.
                                   Believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.
                              Ask Jesus into your heart to be your Lord and Savior.
                       Thank Him for what He did, giving you victory over spiritual death
                                     Share Jesus to those needing a Savior.
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Enjoy three performances of a favorite song.

Neil Diamond singing 'The Little Drummer Boy"






'Little Drummer Boy'-Snare Drumline Encore Performance










"Little Drummer Boy" - Celtic Women


It's all Jesus, nothing more and nothing less. Period.


Jesus -More than a teacher! More than a prophet!  More than a wise man!
Jesus gives life, hope, and a future by redeeming you to God. He is seated at God's right hand interceding for the saints.  Jesus- Our Spiritual victor!  Our Lord and Savior!


Questions- Why can't God allow sin to go unpunished?
                   Will God allow anyone with unforgiven sin to enter heaven?
                   Why is God concerned about sin?
                   Can you enter heaven without Jesus being your Lord and Savior?
                  

Scripture references:  Hebrews 9:11-28; 10:1-14
                                   2 Corinthians 5:1-21
                                   John 3:1-21; 15:12-13
                                   Romans 5:6-21
                                   Ephesians 2:1-18
                                   Mark 1:11; 7:21-23
                                   Jeremiah 3:7; 17:9
                                   Matthew 17:5
                                   Luke 3:12
                                   2 Peter 1:17
                                   1Thessalonians 5:9-11
                                   Acts 2:22-39; 5:30-32
                                   First chapter in the Book of Revelation, and
                                   Ephesians 1:3-23



Forever praising and honoring what our King and Lord Jesus did for every soul.
                   
        




   


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