Verse of the day
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
“so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”- Hebrews 9:28
This sacrifice is the one we hear about, but what about the sacrifice He made in coming to earth? Jesus gave up all to come down here for one purpose, to show us how to live the Law without being enslaved by it. All his life is an example of this. He even told us how, "'Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?' Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment." (Matthew 22:36-38 NIV) What sacrifice is there in loving our neighbor, whether friend or foe? None what so ever. So, why is it so tough for us to love? It takes no energy, or effort on our part, but to dislike takes time, and energy. Believe it or not we work to be angry with each other; we make it a point to bring up the past, and find other things to make us dislike others. On the other hand showing love only takes respect and honour. Yep that's it respect for them as a human, and honour them as a member of the community. We don't need to like what they stand for, or what they say or do, but we do as Christians have to love the person. God hates sin, NOT people! As we are created in His image, we are to act in His image as well.
When Christ returns the sacrifice will not be his, but the enemies. The enemy will be destroyed, and thrown into the Lake of Fire for all eternity. This is done out of disdain for the sins of mankind, and the love for believers. Salvation is everyones to CHOOSE. Those who choose not to follow the Lord will be condemned to an eternity of "gnashing teeth." There is far more to sacrifice in not sacrificing in love.