“16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
Brothers and Sisters Salvation is a Gift from the Father, given Through Jesus, The Sacrificial Lamb. We need to have an understanding of Whom Jesus is to start with. Jesus is the Son Of The Father. That means that All of the Attributes of The Father are in The Son, which means that Jesus is Perfect in every way. Jesus is The Fathers Only Son, there are no siblings.
We also need to understand that The Father Gave His Son to be The Sacrificial Lamb for All Sins. In the Old Testament The Father Demanded, Required Sacrifice for Atonement, they could not have any spots, no imperfection, but had to be as pure as possible. The Father will not, cannot accept us Unclean, we must be Washed, Sanctified By Blood.
“14 And he shall offer his offering unto the LORD, one he lamb of the first year without blemish for a burnt offering, and one ewe lamb of the first year without blemish for a sin offering, and one ram without blemish for peace offerings, 15 And a basket of unleavened bread, cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, and wafers of unleavened bread anointed with oil, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings.”
In the Scripture above, we need to understand that this was a Requirement of a Nazarite who is an Israelite consecrated to the service of God.
“19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life. 21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.”
Jesus was and is Separated For The Fathers Service. Jesus purpose was twofold, 1. to show the people Who God is and His Desires and 2. to shed His Blood to Wash Away Sin. We need to understand the Love that The Father has for His Creation. The Ultimate Love Gift, that, The Son of The Father laid down His Life, In Love, so that we may Live in Heaven with God!
“12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”
No Greater Love is there, then for You to Lay Down your Life for Jesus, that is, a Living Sacrifice!!! Salvation has come with a Cost. It Cost The Father to Sacrifice His Only Son, it Cost Jesus to suffer in Pain, Anguish and Humility and to be Separated from The Father for the first time in His Life. Jesus did Not Want to Suffer for your sakes. Jesus did Not Want to Pay The Price for Your Salvation…but, He Chose To Do So.
“And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou [wilt].”
We know, according to Scripture, that Jesus could have Changed the Whole Course of His coming. While in the garden of Gethsemane Jesus told one of His Servants, do you Not Understand, I Can Change what is going on, I Can Stop It!
“50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. 51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out [his] hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear. 52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?”
Jesus must now Suffer the most Agonizing event of His Life, to be 100% Separated From His Father. The Father at this time turned His Face Away from His Only Son, giving Him Up to Sin. The Father could not Look upon His Son anymore, because the Sin Of The World now rested On Jesus. The only Hope, the only Answer was The Shedding Of Blood, that is, The Sacrifice For A Sin Offering.
“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
“Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.”
“17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”
Brothers and Sisters Your Salvation IS NOT FREE, it came with a Cost that YOU could not pay!!! Jesus Took your place in Death, so that YOU Can Live and BE WITH THE FATHER!
“18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 21 The like figure whereunto [even] baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.”
1 Peter 3:18-22
Now, Brothers and Sisters, walk Not after the Flesh, but Proclaim The Salvation that Jesus has given you, by You Living Out Your Salvation. It is the very least we can do!!! How much do You Love Jesus for Saving Your Soul from The Lake Of Fire? Are you Willing to Lose Your Life to Jesus by Living Through The Love Of Jesus By Your Life?
My Relationship is All based upon what Jesus has done for me. I must Chose each and every moment of the day to Live a Sacrificial Life, it does not come by nature! My Sinful Flesh Desires to do things that are Against Jesus, not for Him. I must Recognize my Weakness and Run to Jesus in His Salvation, I cannot do it on my own. Praise Jesus for The Holy Spirit that helps us in our infirmities!
“26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God.”
As Salvation came to us by Jesus being Obedient to The Father, so likewise we must be Obedient in All Things to Jesus! You must understand the Weight Of Salvation, that is, our Salvation has an Expectancy. We are Expected to Live Our Lives Holy unto God. Jesus said it plainly and simply, that is, IF YOU LOVE JESUS, then YOU WILL LOSE YOUR LIFE AS YOU KNOW IT and LIVE IN HIM!!!
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
Your Obedience should Cry Aloud Your Salvation! Your Daily Walk should be always keeping Jesus as the First Thought into whatever You Say and Do. A Surrendered Life cannot think of Jesus After The Fact, but must always consider Jesus Before The Act, During The Act of Any Event In Your Life! This means that Your Speech and Actions should always Glorify Jesus. If I say I Love Jesus, but my Words do not bring Him Honor, then, have I Sinned! If my Attitude is not Amplified by my Salvation, then, Who Is Jesus? The Salvation that we have been given Consumes The Whole Body, not just part of the body!
Our Salvation is All Inclusive, my Words, my Attitude, my Actions are all included in the package, but I must Chose to have those things Surrendered To Jesus. If I have a bad habit, I need to Confess that to Jesus, asking for His Help constantly, and then above all, I Must Be Obedient To His Help. To Walk a Life that Cries Salvation to The World, I then must Live a Surrendered Life of All things that the Flesh want to do.
Salvation is Not Free, it Cost Jesus His Life to Present Your Freedom, His Blood to Wash You Clean, to be Acceptable to The Father. It will now Cost You Your Life to Preserve Your Salvation, to be Acceptable to The Father!!!
Amen and Amen!!!
Be Blessed in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Our Lord and Savior!!!
Amen and Amen!!!