Do you focus only on the benefits of your faith? Or do you look deeper into its meaning? To get the true benefit, it’s important to contemplate the full meaning of the Christian faith.
The Gospel message is clear. God came as man to earth to live among us. Jesus was brutally crucified for our sins. He rose from the dead to defeat sin and death. He sits at God’s right hand. The Holy Spirit lives in us, and Jesus will come again in glory.
And yes, our belief gives us many practical advantages such as clarity, courage and direction. God soothes our hurt and comforts us, and he gives us great joy.
Still, if we don’t recognize our sins, the message won’t sprout deep roots. Then Jesus just becomes another self-help tactic instead of being our life-changing, soul-saving Redeemer.
So go back to the crucifixion and think about what it all means to you. Let your soul be touched again by the mercy and love of God.
A message and prayer from Vincent:
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So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:20-21
for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
ALL FOR ME
Do I forget? How much do I truly understand? What you went through, what you felt.
I want the feel good Jesus. The one that forgives, frees, heals and loves me. But I forget the suffering Christ.
All my shame. The worst of me. I know how far I squandered your blessings.
But he stood up for me and said, “I did it. Treat me Father as if I did those things wrong.”
The hammer strikes. Nails drive deep into innocent flesh. There is blood, pain and death.
Still, the true cross is the hurt you felt as your Father surrendered you to be my sin.
You got what I deserved.
How can I possibly accept such a gift? How can I begin to comprehend such love?
Let it burn me, oh Lord. Let it break my heart.
Then I may truly begin to know what it means to be forgiven, free, healthy and loved.