As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. — In those days, and in that time, says the Lord, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found. — You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. — Who is a God like you, one who pardons iniquity? All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. — He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he has poured out his soul unto death; and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. — The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
The verses above are ancient prophecies and promises concerning what God will do with sin--including yours. Just as yesterday we discussed that fact that God will judge the world by Jesus Christ, so now we find that He intends to forgive anyone comes to Him through Jesus Christ and also dismiss him from that judgment. Here is a great mystery: While it would be easy to think that God is totally happy with casting people into hell, He is actually trying to avoid it, because He has made a simple path by which you may have every sin you've committed (and future sins!) forgiven and taken from your life, through His Son, Jesus Christ. In fact, He has not only made it simple, He's made it easy--and free for the asking. Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest; and, He who comes to me, I will never cast out; and, come to me, that you might have life." Again, "Whoever calls on the name of the Lord (prays to Him and asks) shall be saved." You don't have to go to church. You don't have to pay any money. You don't have to buy anything from an evangelist. You don't have to have anyone else pray for you. YOU ask. Just ask. That's it. How hard is that?
Ever wonder what God might have to say to YOU today? Here are things to ponder, and things to receive into your heart. If you have a question, put it in the comments. I respond as much as I can.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The sin of the world
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