COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “God’s Appeal”

2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

“Because of Your unfailing love, I can enter Your house; I will worship at Your temple with deepest awe.” (Psalm 5:7, NLT)

Two weeks ago, the season of Lent began with Ash Wednesday; Now I would very much like to state that the season of Lent is not about giving up things like chocolate, coffee, shopping, or any other unreasonable thing such as those. The season of Lent is a time when we, as Christians, should re-focus on the One who took our place as the payment for our punishment for our sins, Jesus Christ, the Son of the one true God, a God Who felt that He loves us so very much and thought that the only way to show His unending love for us while at the same time saving us was that He had sent His only Son to take our place and died on the cross for all of us. Yes, we are sinners, but God loves us anyway, so He shows the fact that He loves us anyway by sending Jesus to die to save us, and by inviting us to repent of our sins because of Jesus’ blood shed for us on the cross. Jesus is the best, period!
Our Heavenly Father is making this Lenten season appeal for us, especially you, to come right back to God through the blood of Christ Jesus; In 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10(NLT), the apostle Paul makes this statement so very clear: “God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God!’ For God made Christ, Who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ…As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. For God says, ‘At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.’ Indeed, the ‘right time’ is now. Today is the day of salvation.”
“We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense. We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us imposters. We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed. Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.”

What Paul had just addressed is true: As Christians, we are the ambassadors of Christ, and we have been assigned to send His message of the Gospel to those who have yet to hear of it and be saved; Once we have trusted in our Lord Jesus Christ, then we make the life-changing exchange: He takes all our sins and then make us right with God. At His crucifixion, our sins have been laid on Jesus, while His righteousness has been given to us at our conversion. Our Heavenly Father offers this gift of salvation to each and every one of us, not just me and you; However, there are those who just simply ignore His Word and put off the decision to follow Christ Jesus, thinking that they would wait until a much later time, but unfortunately, they can miss this glorious opportunity altogether, and worse, once the day of judgment comes, it would all be too late for them to repent!
My dearest friends, if you have been embattling your sins for so many years while you have been depressed by the bad events in your own life and have been wanting to look for something that would make your life all the while, then there is no better time than right this very now to receive the forgiveness of God through the precious blood shed on the cross by our Lord and Savior, as well as God’s Son, Jesus Christ-Please do not let anything hold you back from repenting of your sins and by coming to Christ Jesus! The very right time to repent is right now!
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in His grace, freely makes us right in His sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when He held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for He was looking ahead and including them in what He would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate His righteousness, for He Himself is fair and just, and He makes sinners right in His sight when they believe in Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-26, NLT)

     And so, with that said my friends, are you ready to receive that most blessed gift of all, the gift of salvation that has been won for us by the precious blood that has been shed for us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Then please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner. I believe that You have died on the cross and have shed Your blood for my sins, and have been raised from the dead on the third day, defeating death so that I could have eternal life. I repent of my sins because of You, and ask that You please come into my heart, and let me follow You always as my personal Savior. I thank You so very much for making the ultimate sacrifice of Yourself to save me. In Your most holy and blessed name. Amen.”
If you have just prayed this prayer with me, then I would very much like to welcome you into the Family of God! Now, the very next thing that you need to do now that you are officially a follower of Christ would be to read God’s Word, the Holy Bible, each and every day, and then go to a good, Christian church, each and every Sunday of your life, so that you could praise, worship, and thank our Father for sending His Son to make the ultimate sacrifice for you. I very much hope as well as pray that you would make this most important choice of your life in following Jesus Christ today, for always. I would like to thank you so very much for taking the time to read this message this week. Until next week, Lord willing, may God ever so richly bless you.

Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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