Many people think that Lord Jesus came to save us from our sins. Already the Lord provided for our sins through atonement, sacrifices etc. in the Old Testament though it was temporal so that people could live with God, even though people had sin in their lives. So, evidently Jesus Christ did not come for our sins.
In John 10v10; “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. “ You couldn’t define why He came, beyond Him. You couldn’t tell Him that He came for sin when He said I come to give life. That’s why we have titled this message as “The Jesus Iife”. Stop the religious train you have boarded and get into reality train with Jesus Christ. Jesus came to give us life. Emphatically this life will be very very visible in our affairs, in our words, in our actions etc.
What makes this Good Friday as an Amazing Friday? It is because Jesus Christ gave us His life. Until you come to the very fact as a Christian that Jesus Christ came to give you life, you will not live His life. You will live an ordinary life believing in Him. The Lord Jesus Christ is not the founder of the Christian religion or ‘guru’ or the Father. The Lord Jesus is who He said is. You cannot make Him what He is not. He said “He is the Son of God”. He said so. He said He has come to destroy the works of satan (1 John 3).
We extend His life. Isaiah 53v8(b); “and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: “. He said we shall see His seed and shall be satisfied (Isaiah 53v10). The scripture is so clear concerning Christ and His generation. So, what you believe is important. If you believe that Jesus came to take your sin, already many are managing their sins and the Lord provided in the Old Testament for sin. It is very significant to understand that because of His provision for our sins; emphatically Jesus did not come for our sins. What produces sin? It is the ‘life’. Life gives us the opportunity to sin or not. So, Jesus came to give us life.
Jesus came to give us His life. More we learn to live the life of God, the more achievement we will attain in our Christian faith than just learning how to obey God. The life that Jesus brought is not just the life that obeys God but it is the life that does the word of God. The life He brought finds pleasure in doing the word of God and not just obeying. When you talk about obeying, it looks like bringing bunch of rules that you need to follow. It brings to you the burden that people had when people were going through the old testament; it is correct to obey God but the life He brought is not just obeying God but it is “The Life of God”. So, the life of God will always be God and will always navigate towards God.
1 Peter 2v21-24; ‘For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for [a]us, leaving [b]us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose [c]stripes you were healed.
We see that no deceit was found in His mouth then how come evil words are found in your mouth? We have received the life of God. We are the generation that is the result of the prophecy – The new creation. We should follow His steps. Any teaching, any body, any theology, any book that differentiates you from Christ, that makes Christ in a pedestal that you cannot get or reach is not from the Lord. Every teaching, bible study, revelation that reveals Christ to you as your mirror, is biblical, is new testament, is new creation reality and it is what you should have today and live by today – The Jesus life. Your esteem, your identity is recovered and you function from that place. That is why it is an amazing Friday.
He gave us life. He did not give His life because He felt sorry for us but He gave us His life because it was the permanent solution for sin. He was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. When this happened on the cross, the universal justice was satisfied. When the universal justice was satisfied, there was not a single sin problem in the human race game. Now, people are still sinning and that is their personal account. But when it comes to the account of first Adam, the second Adam closed it. The access point to this forgiveness of sin is believing in Jesus Christ.
In Galatians 2v20 (a), the scripture clearly says “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me”. If you are still feeling for what others say about you, you are still living in “I”.
1 John 4v17; “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.” If a wife know this she won’t trouble her husband. If a husband knows this, he won’t trouble his wife etc. The Jesus life is a saving life; the life of power, the resurrection life. The problem with many Christians is that they like the feeling of religion more than the benefits of reality. The benefit of reality God already did it. He already finished it. The feeling of religion is like going through a story and they relive the moments. To relive the moment is amazing but you should relive the moments of sin. Jesus already died for it. Lots of people are very sorrowful during Good Friday; they are reliving wrong moments.
Jesus died on the cross for you and me and shared His blood for all of us. You must discover and receive the result of the death of Jesus Christ. How do you feel sorry for Jesus Christ? You missed the entire gospel message. Because Jesus went on the cross, He died for us and because He died for us, we are not dying. Jesus went on the cross for us. And because He went on the cross for us, our old life is crucified no matter what we feel in our body. So, it is not the time for you to be sorrowful. It is a great representation of love; the greatest representation of power; the greatest representation of union with God. It is a victory.
((Message by Apostle Edmonds, extracted by PR)
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