Friday, January 08, 2010

"One day, there will be another opening ceremony, and everyone in heaven and on earth will bow at the name of Jesus..."

"And those from every nation who have accepted God’s plan in Christ will worship together in the flawless New Jerusalem."

Jesus is the exclusive Bridge between heaven and earth. "No one comes to the Father except through Me," He says (John 14:6).

But Jesus isn't exclusionary. All who repent and receive Him come to the Father for all eternity. That's why the only sermon by Jesus recorded in Mark's gospel says, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe in the good news" (Mark 1:14-15).

As John notes of Jesus in the prologue to his gospel in the New Testament, " all who received Him, who believed in His Name, He gave the power to become the children of God" (John 1:12).

God is incredibly gracious and loving. Through Christ, God makes eternity and everlasting reconciliation between Himself and His fallen children, available to all people.

Receive Christ, trust in Christ, and eternity is yours. Even if your capacity of for faith is non-existent, if you are willing to believe in Christ, God is committed, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to build faith in Christ into your life. Will you let God do that?

If you're willing to receive Christ, it will have an impact not only on your eternity. In Christ, God's eternal kingdom of love will invade your everyday world here and now. You'll be walking with the God of all eternity as you go about your daily work, decisions, and relationships. What a positive, life-changing difference that will make.

And it's all a free gift for those who will receive Jesus and allow God to give you the power to confess that Jesus is master of everything and everyone...and by His cross and resurrection, deserves to be.

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