COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “Adam, Eve, and Lent”

Genesis 3

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“The LORD is King! He is robed in majesty. Indeed, the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.” (Psalm 93:1, NLT) (Zentangle(R)-inspired illustration by Jenn Webster)

We are still into the Lenten season, a season in which Christians should put their focus on their faith, and the reason of why we have that faith in Jesus Christ in the first place, due to the fact that He has shed His blood for each and every one of us? Well, that is supposed to be the focus of Lent to begin with: to put our focusing minds on the fact that, because God loves us so very much that He has found a way to save us while showing that He loves us, has sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to take our place as punishment for our sins, dying on the cross at a certain place called Calvary, and then has been risen from the dead on the third day, defeating death when He went out of that cold, dark tomb, so that each of us could very well have life eternal.
     Yes, it is because of that sacrificial love that God had for us in which our freedom has been purchased with Christ’s blood on the cross that Lent should be a time to focus on the fact that we have been saved, and that we should share that Gospel with others. Now, there happens to be another reason why we should focus on the Lord God during Lent: Our very first parents, Adam and Eve, have tried their darndest to follow the Lord God’s orders; What happened next is explained in the third chapter of Genesis 3(NLT); the devil, in the form of a serpent, asked Eve if God really said she must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden, and Eve replied that it is only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden and that they must not eat it or even touch it, because if they do, they shall surely die. 

     Of course, the serpent became such a liar, because he is, after all, the father of lies; He lied to Eve and told her, “You won’t die…God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” Eve then began to believe his trickery, and then she ate the fruit, and then later gave some to her husband; And then, you know what happens next-God learned of Adam and Eve’s sin, and then He cursed the ground as well as the serpent, and then He banished Adam and Eve from that garden called Eden, then later experiencing pain, suffering, and toil…

My friends, that was how sin had been brought into the world by Adam & Eve; who disobeyed God, thus they both have sinned; However, we would end up in this dark world of sin forever had it not been for the fact that God offered us something that would save every one of us, and to bring us back to Himself. That something is Jesus Christ. “(Jesus) humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:8) That means that Jesus took the place of a criminal and died in the criminal’s place, thus while shedding His blood to wash our souls clean of sin, and to save us from the brutal punishment that we otherwise deserve. “(Jesus) canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing into the cross.” (Colossians 2:14) that means that Jesus canceled our debts for us on the cross, so that, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there.” (Galatians 5:24) So it is with that that when Jesus died on the cross to save you from your sins, He has saved you from the ultimate punishment because He has nailed all of your sinful nature in your past on the cross! My friends, this season of Lent is the perfect time to rethink your life and to make the most ultimate decision of all: Giving your very own heart to Jesus Christ!
     Now, those of you who have just started to read this message just now have been going through the most painful times in your life right now, things such as a loss of a loved one, loss of a job, a divorce, a relationship breakup, or any other such crisis, and that you have been trying to soothe those pains with every kind of vice imaginable: Drugs, alcohol, gambling, pornography, etc.; Let me tell you something: Those things may be temporary, but they do not ever make you happy, and instead only bring you as much more misery and pain as before!

My dearest friends, if you want to really be truly happy, then I suggest that you do not look any further than the cross of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, because He is the only One who saves you, and how does he save you? By allowing Himself to be whipped, beaten, then forced to carry, and then nailed to, suffering, bleeding, and then dying on the cross and then rose again from the dead three days later to save YOU from your sins! There is no better time to reach out your heart to Jesus Christ than right now! This Lenten season, won’t you reach out to Christ?

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16-17)
     So, are you ready to ask the Lord God to repent, and to ask His Son to come into your heart? You can do this right now-Please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Lord God, I admit that I am a poor, miserable sinner. I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for me, and that You have raised Him from the dead on the third day, defeating death so that I could very well have eternal life. I ask now that You please forgive me of my sins, and have Your Son to come into my heart, and to follow Him always as my personal Savior. I thank You so very much from the bottom of my heart for allowing You Son to sacrifice Himself to save me. In His name. Amen.”
     If you have just prayed this prayer with me, then I would very much like to welcome YOU into God’s Great, Big Family! Now, the very next thing that you need to do now that you have given your heart to Jesus Christ would be to read the Holy Bible, God’s Most Blessed Word, each and every day of your life. And then, when you need to praise, worship, and to thank our Lord for sending His Son to die for you, then I very well suggest that you go to a good, Christian church each and every Sunday of your life, and when you can, try and visit the mid-week services at church too. I very much hope that you would make this most blessed choice of all time by following Christ Jesus today, for always. I would very much like to thank you all for reading my message today; Until the very next time, may the Lord 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 will be forever. Amen.

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