Jesus Wants To Rescue You

 

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Jesus is reaching out His hand to rescue

 

John 3:16-19

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

To explain the verses above I would like to do it with an illustration.
People live in boats floating on a vast ocean. The problem is that everyone’s boat has a small hole. Some are smaller than others and others are much bigger. Everyone without exception are going to sink and drown, some quicker than others. There is good news though. There is a big ship that’s going around through the vast ocean looking for people to rescue from their sinking boats. That ship is called “The Savior” and the Captain’s name is Jesus Christ. Every time the Captain came across a sinking boat, He quickly pulls up to it and stops. He gets out and goes to the side of the ship and stretches out His right hand to the person who is in the sinking boat to rescue them.

The most tragic thing is when they say no to the Captain and want to stay with their sinking boat. The question arises, Why? The answer is that they will have to leave ALL of their stuff in the boat. Some have lots of money, family, friends, cars, houses, jobs, gold and etc. They would rather go down with the boat than part ways with their life that’s on the boat. But those who reach out their hands to the Captain and get pulled up to the ship, they are transformed with renewed strength and great joy, so much so that they help the Captain by trying to convince those that they come across of their sinking boats to get on the ship with them. They tell them that on the massive ship are plenty of rooms, food, and comfort. They continue that the Captain is so loving that they see Him as a Father who truly cares for them.

At the end of the ship’s voyage after going to the four corners of the vast ocean, it will head for land to where the Captain has a beautiful place which He has made for those He has rescued. The place is like a beautiful city that’s built in the middle of a garden with gorgeous mountains all around.

If the Captain came to you today and reached out His hand to pull you in, would you grab it?

Don’t wait for you don’t know how long you will stay afloat.

Side note: This was an illustration that I gave my children yesterday on our Bible Study. My son told me to share it on WordPress. I pray that you get blessed and if you don’t know Christ yet on a personal level, I hope that you give Him a chance and get to know Jesus Christ because He loves you deeply.

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Cookie a day: Adversity

In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Job 1:22


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Sometimes things happen to us that might seem unfair but we must remember that God is always good. Whatever happens to us is for our good even though at the moment we cannot understand it. Blaming God for our trials or evils that come our way is sinful and a misunderstanding of God’s character. In Job’s case, Satan brought about his adversities but God turned it around for his blessing (Job 42:12-17). Without adversities, we can never mature in the faith and know how truly faithful we are.

The World hates The One Who Belongs To Christ

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John 15:18-19

18“If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you.

Even though you might think that you are unloved by some people or even those that are close to you. Remember that no matter your stands with people in this world, Jesus will always love you and will never leave you nor forsake you, now and forever (Deuteronomy 31:6). As Christians, Jesus said that we will be hated by the world but that’s okay because that means that you are living a life that pleases the Lord. When the world loves you then you should worry because the world is hostile toward Christ since the world is under the influence of the devil. You must prepare your mind for battle, for the flesh desires the pleasures that the world offers which wages war with your inner man. Remember this, the Lord overcame the world so by His strength you will overcome the world too.

1 John 5:4

for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

The Bible Under Attack

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The Bible in today’s time is under extreme attack. The devil knows that his time is short and he is trying to destroy as many faiths in Jesus Christ as possible, by obliterating one’s trust in Scripture. I want to share with all of you an exchange I had. Faith in Scripture is essential to our faith in Christ. Without holy Scripture, we will drift dangerously away from God’s presence.


Chas said:

If anybody’s faith is in the bible alone, then his faith is worthless. You might choose to do what you think is God’s will according to the bible, but because it is the word of men, you will be doing what men think is God’s will.


My response:

First of all, I would disagree with you wholeheartedly and I’m blown away with what you just said.

For you to say this, “If anybody’s faith is in the bible alone, then his faith is worthless.”

That statement tells me which side you’re really on without a shadow of a doubt.

The Bible is not men’s words like you wrongly said but it is the Word of Almighty God according to 1 Thess 2:13 which says, And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.

Paul to the church in Galatia said, Galatians 1:12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

By you rejecting the Bible as God’s Word you are rejecting Jesus Christ. The Bible is what God said and His Word teaches us by the direction of the Holy Spirit how to do His will and how to live a life that pleases Him.

John 12:48 says, There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.

Jesus and His Word are two sides of the same coin. His Word convicts us of sin and directs us into His righteousness.