COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “This Earthly Tent”

2 Corinthians 5:1-9

“Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles He performs for people!” (Psalms 66:5, NLT) (Illustration by Jenn Webster)

There is an age-old question that has been going around for many years: “What happens when you die?” Well, one just has to wonder what the answer to the question might be; Some might answer that when they die, they would probably be reincarnated as a movie star or sports figure, while others have I think no worry at all as to what would happen when they die. But for Christians, they do know the answer when they die.
      You see, since the fall of mankind that has resulted from the sin caused by our first parents, Adam & Eve, the world has been waiting for many, many years for a savior who could save them from sin and darkness; From that time of Adam & Eve to the time of Noah and to the time of Moses and beyond, the world has waited for someone to deliver them out of evil…
      Then one day, in a village in Galilee, the Lord God had selected a virgin woman by the name of Mary to give birth to His only Son; that only Son would be named by none other than Jesus Christ, who would grow up into adulthood to do His Father’s will, to save each and every one of us. How? By being placed in a kangaroo court, and then was falsely guilty, and then was forced to carry His own cross; Then, He was nailed to the cross, suffering, bleeding, then breathing His final breath, giving up His life as the price of punishment paid for us. “Yet it was our weaknesses He carried; It was our sorrows that weighed Him down…He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” (Isaiah 53:4,5, NLT)

And then, three days later, our Heavenly Father raised His Son from that despicable thing called death, defeating death as He had gone out of that cold, dark, joyless tomb, so that all of us could very well have eternal life.
      We, as Christians, have been saved by the precious blood of Christ Jesus; But wait-In an answer to that certain previous question earlier in the message, I would very much like to share that answer with you that is found in the 5th chapter of 2nd Corinthians verses 1-9(NLT); Here, the apostle Paul addresses this: “ For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God Himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God Himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee He has given us His Holy Spirit.”
      “So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. For we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please Him.”  

Yes, my friends, our goal as Christians is to please the Lord God, because He has purchased freedom for us through the precious blood of our Savior Jesus Christ; But what about you? Have you had any goals in life, only to fail from them with each passing day? Have you been trying to live life on your very own terms only to fallen again and again in the darkness, the darkness that has been caused by drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling? Would you rather have a life that is much better than living your life in your own way? If so, then I have great news for you…
      Only the precious blood of Jesus Christ can save you from the darkness, so that you can live the life in HIS WAY, not your way; Only by repenting of your sins and by asking God to invite His Son into your heart can you be ever free of that darkness and to live a most blessed life worthy of HIs calling. Jesus took YOUR PLACE on the cross, to save you from sin, so that you shall be free indeed, and to live a life that pleases only HIM!
      “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.” (Romans 3:23-25, NLT)

And so, my dearest friends, are you ready to have that wonderfully blessed free gift of salvation that has been won for us through the precious blood of Jesus Christ? Then please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Heavenly Father, I admit that I am a sinner. I believe that You have sent Your only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins, and to raise Him from the dead on the third day, defeating death so that I could have life eternal. I ask now that You please allow Your Son to come into my heart, and to let me follow Him always as my personal Savior. Thank You so very much for allowing Your Son to make the ultimate sacrifice on the cross for me. In His holy and blessed name. Amen.”
      If you have just prayed this prayer with me, then I would like to welcome you into the Family of God! Now, the very next thing that you need to do now that you have given your heart to Jesus would be to read the Holy Bible, God’s blessed Word, each and every day; Then, when you are ready to praise, worship, and thank the Lord for all that His Son has done for you, then you need to go to a good, Christian church each and every day. I very much hope as well as pray that you make that ultimate decision of following Christ today. I would like to thank you so very much for taking the time to read this message this week, and I would very much like for you to join me next week for my final post of “COME, FOLLOW JESUS”. Until then, may the Lord God bless you ever so richly.

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.