Jesus Came To Save Sinners

Jesus Came To Save SinnersWeek 36 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly over. This week’s reading was 2 Thessalonians 3, and 1 Timothy 1-4. These chapters finish one of Paul’s letters to the church at Thessalonica, and begin a letter to Timothy, one of his partners in spreading the gospel.

Why did Jesus come? 1 Timothy 1:15 states the reason very clearly – He came into this world to save sinners. That is the reason He came to this earth. We couldn’t save ourselves, so Jesus accomplished what we couldn’t. He gave His life for us, and offers us salvation, if we will accept it.

It was sinners Jesus came to save. Some of us want to try to be good enough on our own, and earn right standing with God. We can only truly be made right with God, however, when we admit that we aren’t perfect, and accept Jesus as our Savior, rather than trying to save ourselves.

If you know that you have made mistakes, and wonder how God could ever love or care for you, know that Jesus came to save sinners, not those who were perfect by themselves. Receive the salvation He offers you. Accept His grace and forgiveness today!

Do This In Remembrance of Him

Do This In Remembrance Of HimThis week is week 26 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan. This week’s reading is 1 Corinthians 7-11. These chapters further continue one of Paul’s epistles to the church at Corinth.

In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul speaks of the Lord’s Supper, better known as communion. Verses 23-26 state that on the night Jesus was betrayed, He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, declaring it as His body, which is for us. Also, that he took the cup, declaring it the new covenant in His blood.

In communion, the bread represents the body of Jesus, which was broken for us.  The cup represents the blood He shed for us, that we might be forgiven.

When we take communion, we are to do so in remembrance of Him
(1 Corinthians 11:24-25). The bread, which symbolizes His body, and the cup, which symbolizes His blood, remind us of what He has done for us. John 6:53 says that unless we eat His flesh and drink His blood, we have no life in us. Partaking of the Lord’s Supper helps us to visualize Christ’s finished work, which secured for us life, healing, and forgiveness.

When we take communion, let’s take time to focus our attention on Christ, and all that He’s done for us. Let’s remember how His body was broken, and His blood was shed for us, and receive with thanks all that He died to give us!

Forget Not All His Benefits

Forget Not All His BenefitsThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalms 103:2. It bids us to bless the Lord, and not to forget His benefits.

Many in the Body of Christ today feel that our focus should be seeking the face of God, rather than just His hand – as if going after what He can do for us is a self-centered misuse of our time and attention in our relationship with Him. In Psalm 103:2, however, we are told quite the opposite – that we are not to forget His benefits.

Psalm 103:3-5 goes on to list some of these benefits:

  • Forgiveness of all of our sins (verse 3)
  • Healing of all of our diseases (verse 3)
  • Redemption of our life from the pit (verse 4)
  • Being crowned with love and compassion (verse 4)
  • The satisfaction of our desires with good things (verse 5)
  • This satisfaction of our desires leading to our youth being renewed like the eagle’s (verse 5)

God loves us dearly as His sons and daughters. Because of His great love for us, He delights in blessing us. He wants us to receive these blessings. To refuse them, in fact, is far greater selfishness than to accept them with eagerness, joy, anticipation, and thanksgiving. Bless the Lord, and forget not all of His benefits!

Forget Not All His Benefits

He Remembers Your Sins No More!

Hebrews 8:12

This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Hebrews 8:12. This verse states that to our iniquities, God will be merciful, and that our sins He will remember no more.

Under the old covenant, when you obeyed God’s commandments, blessings came upon you, but when you disobeyed, curses came upon you. Because of what Christ has done for us, however, a new covenant has been established, under which God is merciful to our unrighteousness. Because Christ took our punishment upon Himself, God, out of His mercy, not only refrains from giving us what we do deserve, but also, out of His grace, provides us with an abundance of blessings that we don’t deserve!

Because the price for our sins was paid in full at the cross, we have been totally forgiven in Christ. Not one of our sins remains undealt with. They have been completely erased – removed from us as far as the east is from the west
(Psalm 103:12). When God looks at us, He no longer sees our sins. In fact, He no longer even remembers them. That is how completely we have been forgiven!

Under the new covenant, God is merciful to our iniquities, not only refraining from giving us what we do deserve, but also giving us many good gifts that we don’t deserve. We have been forgiven of our every sin, to the point that God remembers them no more. Rejoice in the fact that there’s no longer anything standing between you and your Heavenly Father’s love and acceptance!

Saved and Forgiven Because of What Christ Has Done

Saved and Forgiven Because of What Christ Has DoneWeek 18 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearing its end. This week’s reading was Acts 11-15. These chapters speak mainly of Peter explaining his actions in preaching to the Gentiles to those who criticized him, the beginning of the Apostle Paul’s ministry, Peter being freed from prison by an angel, the council at Jerusalem regarding the Gentiles and the keeping of the law, the letter that was then sent to the Gentile believers by the council, and the further spreading of the gospel.

In Acts 15:5-11, some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees said that the Gentile believers should required to be circumcised, and keep the law. Peter asked those believers why they would test God by putting upon the Gentiles a yoke they neither they nor their ancestors had been able to bear. He then reaffirmed that is is through the grace of the Lord Jesus that we are saved. In Acts 13:38-39, while preaching in a synagogue, Paul stated that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed, and that those who believe are freed from every sin – a justification not available under the law.

These verses make it clear that we are saved by grace, not by keeping the law, and that it is through Christ that we are forgiven, with a forgiveness that wasn’t available under the domain of the law. The law, though it sets forth a standard of perfection, doesn’t help mankind to reach that standard. Rather, it is through the law that we come to recognize that we aren’t perfect, and never can be on our own, and that we need a Savior. It is in Christ alone, and through faith in Him, that we are made righteous, and enabled to enter into relationship with God. Always remember that it is because of what Christ has done for you that you are offered salvation, and the forgiveness of all of your sins!

All That He Has Done – Forgiveness of Sins

All That He Has Done - Forgiveness of SinsWelcome to week 2 of the All That He Has done series, which is all about what Christ has done for us, and how it affects us today!

Hebrews 9:22 says that without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. In the Old Testament, when God’s people sinned, they brought an animal sacrifice. The blood of these animals pointed to Jesus, the perfect sacrifice, who shed His blood for us at the cross. In Matthew 26:28, He said that His blood was poured out for the forgiveness of many. Ephesians 1:7 says that in Him we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins. Because He gave His life for us at the cross, all of our sins have been completely forgiven!

Under the new covenant that Jesus came to establish, God has promised that He will remember our sins no more (Hebrews 8:12). In His eyes, all of our transgressions have been completely washed away by the blood of His Son. No matter what you may have done over the course of your life, know that your sins have been forgiven. Receive the forgiveness that your Heavenly Father offers to you, and begin to see yourself as He sees you – a loved, accepted, and cherished child of the Most High!

As White As Snow

As White As SnowThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Isaiah 1:18, which states that though our sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, and though red like crimson, they shall be like wool.

Each one of us has sinned. We have all fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We all stumble in many ways (James 3:2) on a daily basis. God declares, however, that our sins, though as scarlet, shall be as white as snow.

This is made possible only through Christ’s work at the cross. Because of what He has done for us, and the price that He paid, we have been completely forgiven of all of our sins. Read these verses, and catch a glimpse of just how forgiven you truly are:

  • God forgives ALL of our sins (Psalm 103:3).
  • Our Heavenly Father neither treats us as our transgressions merit, nor repays us according to our wrongdoings (Psalm 103:10).
  • Our sins have been removed from us as far as the the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).
  • If God kept a record of wrongs, none could stand. With Him there is forgiveness, however, that He may be feared (Psalm 130:3-4).
  • He remembers our sins no more (Hebrews 8:12).

Every time you mess up, or fall short, remind yourself of God’s promise that your sins shall be as white as snow. Know that because of what Jesus has done for you, your every sin has been erased. Begin to see yourself as a new creation in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17)!

Been enjoying our Names of Jesus series? Be sure to check back as we continue it tomorrow!

Names of Jesus – Lamb of God

Names of Jesus - Lamb of God

Lamb of God – John 1:29

In John 1:29, Jesus is called the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. In the Old Testament, when the Israelites sinned, they were to bring either a goat or a lamb as an offering for their sins (Leviticus 4:2, 27-28 & 32). However, the blood of such animals could never truly take away the sins of the people (Hebrews 10:4). These sacrifices were intended, rather, to point to Christ, and the work He would do for us at the cross.

Over 2,000 years ago, the perfect sacrifice – the true Lamb of God, who would take away our sins – was born into the world. God sent Him to be our sin offering (Romans 8:3), giving His life for us at the cross.

Just as in the Old Testament, an innocent lamb became the sacrifice for the sins of the guilty, our sinless Savior died for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). In the same way that the transgressor was the one to slay the lamb (Leviticus 4:33), so was it for our sake that the Son of God gave His life.  As the blood of the sacrificial lamb was poured out at the base of the alter (Leviticus 4:34), so was the blood of Jesus poured out for us, that we might be justified (Romans 5:9). Just as the lambs that were brought as an offering for the sins of the people were burned on the alter (Leviticus 4:35), Jesus endured the fiery wrath of God’s anger against sin at the cross.

Jesus truly was the Lamb of God, who took away the sins of the world. In Him is found the fulfillment of the sacrifices offered in the Old Testament. Because of His death at the cross, our sins have been removed from us. We have been completely forgiven, because of the price that He paid. Let’s give thanks to Him for all that He has done for us!

“I am His because He is . . . the Lamb of God who rolled away the stone in front of every grave.”

Run To Your Heavenly Father

Run To Your Heavenly FatherThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 86:5. This verse says that God is good, and that He is forgiving, with love that abounds to all who call upon Him.

Our God is a good God, who cares for us as His children. He is the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). He sent His Son that we might have life more abundant (John 10:10). His Word promises that those who seek Him will lack no good thing (Psalm 34:10).

Our Heavenly Father forgives all of our sins (Psalm 103:3). He has removed them from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). Because of what His Son did for us at the cross, He remembers them no more (Hebrews 8:12). Approach Him with the freedom and confidence that comes from knowing that all of your sins have been completely forgiven in Christ!

Don’t be afraid to come to your Heavenly Father, for He possesses an abundance of love for all who call to Him. He promises those who call to Him, He will answer (Jeremiah 33:3). He cares about all that concerns you. He bids you to be anxious for nothing, but in all situations, present your requests to Him (Philippians 4:6).

Our God is a good God. He forgives all of our sins, answering all who call to Him. Whatever situation you may find yourself in, know that you have a Heavenly Father who cares for you deeply as His beloved son or daughter. Run to Him as a child would to their dearly loved daddy!

Forgiven Much, Love Much

Forgiven Much, Love MuchWeek 7 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly over. This week’s reading was Luke 3-8. These chapters speak mainly of Jesus’ baptism and genealogy, when He was tempted in the wilderness, Him calling His disciples, several of His encounters with the Pharisees, as well as some of His miracles, teachings, and parables.

In Luke 7, we read of a woman approaching Jesus while He was having dinner at the house of one of the Pharisees. She wet His feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, kissed them, and poured perfume on them. This woman had lived a sinful lifestyle, but in Jesus, she found something different than she’d every experienced – One who was full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Her many sins had been forgiven, resulting in a great love for her Savior. She had been forgiven much, so she loved much.

In the same manner, when we catch a glimpse of the fact all of our sins have been completely forgiven because of what Christ has done for us – that they have been removed from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12) – our natural response will be a deep sense of love and gratitude towards our wonderful Savior. His grace will kindle within us an abiding affection for Him.

Know that all of your sins have been forgiven, and that they are remembered no more (Hebrews 8:12). Ask God to give you a fresh revelation of His amazing forgiveness and love!