Pastor’s Message

MAY 2017
             In Luke 18:31-34 we read these words:  “Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus said, “Listen, we’re going up to Jerusalem, where all the predictions of the prophets concerning the Son of Man will come true. 32 He will be handed over to the Romans, and he will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon. 33 They will flog him with a whip and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again.”

           34 But they didn’t understand any of this. The significance of his words was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about.

 There are some things about Jesus’ crucifixion we will not understand this side of heaven.  We’ll never understand the misery that Jesus experienced on the cross. We do everything we can to prolong life and put off death. We fear the pain of death. We fear the uncertainty of it.  But the Bible says that Jesus died for our sins – every sin that has ever been committed. He has taken all that sin on Himself and He died for that.

I don’t know about you but I sometimes experience anxiety about the burden of my own sin.   And yet Jesus carried the burden of everybody’s sin in every age and every generation.  We’ll never know the misery that He experienced.

We’ll never know the loneliness that Jesus experienced as He hung rejected on the cross, dying for our sins.

We’ll never know what went on in heaven when Jesus died on that cross.  Every time we read the words, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” we are reading a mystery. How can God forsake Himself?  How can an immortal God become mortal and die?  How can a spiritual God become flesh and  live with us?

Neither you nor I will ever totally figure it out here.  Here, we will not fully understand our redemption. Here, we will not totally understand what it is to be completely forgiven and cleansed from our sins. But one of these days we’ll open our eyes and we’ll be in a different place. It will be a resurrection day and suddenly all of these mysteries will be made clear.

But right now, this is what we can understand. There is only one sacrifice. There is only one way to forgiveness. There is only one plan of salvation and it is all made possible through Jesus Christ who died for you and me.

That is all that matters. When He becomes your Savior, then you have all of these promises for yourself.  I think at Easter, more than any other time of the year, we realize that God has made all sorts of unusual promises. So unusual, that some of us cannot bring ourselves to believe. Or, can we?

Consider these three tremendous promises that God has made to us; the promise of forgiven sins; the promise of eternal life; and the promise of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

My question to you is this; will you take God at His word? If so, listen to this final promise – it is found in Romans 10:13“for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

-Mark