The Remedy for the Wrath of God

September 27, 2013

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16)

The gospel Paul proclaimed was the good news that God will not only pardon and forgive our sins, but through our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ God will make it just as if we had never sinned.  God will also declare us to be as righteous as if we had never sinned.

In Psalm 51 David literally asked God to un-sin his sin.  David was a prophet and when he prayed that petition he knew the fulfillment of the answer would be in the word “justified.“  It literally means that God makes it as if our sin never happened and He declares us to be righteous.  If you have ever grievously sinned, you know that the cry of your heart is wishing your sin had never happened!

That is precisely what the good news of the gospel proclaims.  Imagine two men convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.  After 25 years one of them is pardoned by the governor.  Evidence is discovered that proves the other man is innocent of his crime.  He cannot be pardoned, he needs to be exonerated as if he never committed the crime.

Man’s law can do that.  Only God, however, can declare a guilty man as innocent as if he never committed a crime for which he is in fact guilty.  That is what God has done and is God’s only remedy for His wrath.

If you believe the Good News of the Gospel, then open your heart to receive this remedy.


Another Prescription for Forgiveness

September 28, 2012

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”  (Isaiah 53: 6)

A police officer on a motorcycle noticed a large enclosed truck driven down Sixth Street in Los Angeles, California.  The driver stopped every few blocks, got out, and beat all around the sides of the truck with a large baseball bat.   After observing this for some time, the officer flashed his lights and ordered the driver to pull over.  The policeman said to the driver, “Mister, as far as I can tell, you’re not breaking the law.  But I just gotta’ know, what are you doing?”

The truck driver explained, “Officer, this truck here has a capacity of five thousand pounds.  But, you see, I’ve got six thousand pounds of canaries.  So, I gotta’ keep a thousand pounds of canaries up in the air all the time!”

Perhaps you are up in the air about what you must believe to know that your sins are forgiven.  Isaiah told us in the verse above that if we confess that we are included in the first and last all of his verse then our sins are forgiven.

As a seminar for baseball umpires concluded, an old veteran umpire  said, “The way I see it, some are balls and some are strikes, but they ain’t nothin ‘til we call ’em!”

I have just thrown you a strike.  I have shown you how to know your sins are forgiven.  But like the old umpire said, what I have shown you isn’t anything until you call it something.

What do you call this Good News from Isaiah?


A Christmas Greeting

December 23, 2011

“I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.”                 .(Luke 2:10)

 When the angels appeared to those frightened shepherds, they gave them a wonderful Christmas greeting.  They announced that they were bringing good tidings of great joy to all people.

These good tidings were not just for Jewish people or for good people.  They were to bring great joy to ALL people!  That means all kinds of people – and all kinds of people everywhere!

Before He ascended, the last words of Jesus were: “… be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere… to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8 NLT).

Some enjoy their faith as if the last words of Jesus were “Now don’t let it get around!”  They live out their faith as if the Gospel is a secret to be kept.

Never forget those two beautiful Christmas words, “All people!”

The spiritual community of those who believe and follow Jesus is not to be a secret organization.  It is a community of people who exist for the benefit of their non-members.

Jesus Christ came to bring good news and great joy to people who are not good.  The Bible tells us that all of us have gone astray and turned every one of us to his or her own way.  That’s the bad news.  But the good news is that God laid the penalty for all of our sins on His Son (Isaiah 53:6).

Two more great Christmas words are “mercy” and “grace”.  The mercy of God withholds from us what we deserve and His grace lavishes on us all kinds of marvelous things we do not deserve.  His mercy and grace give us more blessings than we can count if we have the faith to receive them.