Whoever Rejects

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John the Baptist, in speaking about Jesus, said,

For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

–John 3:34-36

Jesus speaks the words of God.

Everything has been placed into the hands of Jesus by the Father.

If anyone—anyone-–believes in Jesus, they will have eternal life.

If anyone—anyone—rejects Jesus, they will not have eternal life.

If anyone—anyone-–rejects Jesus, God’s wrath remains on them.

It’s up to us.

God’s wrath.

God’s forgiveness.

Which one do you want?

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A Voice of One Calling

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In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene—  during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.  He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.
 Every valley shall be filled in,
    every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
    the rough ways smooth.
 And all people will see God’s salvation.’”

—Luke 3:1-6

Have you made a straight path for Jesus in your life?

Have you seen God’s salvation?

You are the only one who can make the decision to follow Jesus.

It is up to you to ask for forgiveness and be repentant.

Jesus has purchased a place in Heaven for you.

The question is, will you accept His gift of life everlasting?

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A New Day

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The rain poured down for several minutes while we were preparing dinner.

Our family had decided to work together to make the evening meal.

When I had finished eating, I could tell that it was no longer as dark outside as it had been.

An orange glow was in the sky, making the grass a vivid, emerald color.

Taking my camera with me, I ventured out into the street to see the sunset after such a long rain.

Reaching the open space away from the trees, I was enveloped in color.

Looking all around me, I didn’t want to miss any part of the spherical canvas that was ablaze with light.

I took several pictures, focusing on different parts of the sky.

The rain was gone.

Although night was approaching, the setting sun sent a silent invitation to tomorrow’s dawn.

A new day.

 

In the New Testament, we find the account of the birth of John the Baptist.

God had planned for him to go ahead of Jesus, preparing the way for Him in speaking to the people.

When John was born, his father, Zechariah, prophesied about him:

“You, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High. You will go ahead of the Lord to prepare his way.  You will make his people know that they can be saved through the forgiveness of their sins. A new day will dawn on us from above because our God is loving and merciful.

—Luke 1:76-78

 

A new day.

A new forever.

Jesus was coming, destined to pay for our sins on the cross so that we could be saved from destruction.

The day of Jesus’ birth did occur, and the new day dawned, just as God intended.

We live in the new day right now.

This very moment—

 

Because God is loving and merciful.

 

 

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