Proclaimed in His Name

As I was driving home today, I saw a church that had the word COFFEE on their sign outside.

Underneath COFFEE, it read, “Christ Offers Forgiveness For Everyone Everywhere.”

I had not seen this before.

Sometimes, little illustrations can lead to very significant conversations.

Thousands upon thousands of people drink coffee every day, many of them while in the company of others—at work, school or in a restaurant.

How simple it would be to just relay those six very important words linked to the letters in “coffee” to someone who does not know about Jesus and what He has done for all of us.

I know that it is something I want to remember as a way to share about God’s plan of salvation.

After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared to His disciples.

In part of one account, we find these words:

Then He said to them, “These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”  Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,  and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,  and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things.  And behold, I am sending the promise of My Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

—Luke 24:44-49

 

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A Love For Him

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During the time of Jesus’ ministry on the earth, who did He seek out?

He chose His disciples.

He talked to crowds about the kingdom of God.

He talked individually to people, as well.

Sometimes, He talked to people who had obvious transgressions.

Tax collectors.

Prostitutes.

People known by their sin.

Sometimes, He talked to people who might not have shown any outward offense.

People like the rich young ruler who had kept laws but refused to sell all he had and follow Jesus.

Who is more broken and in need of salvation and forgiveness of sins?

The prostitute?

The tax collector?

The young ruler?

Who is more broken and in need of salvation and forgiveness of sins?

You?

Or could it be me?

The real answer is that those who do not know Jesus as their savior are in need of His forgiveness.

We are all existing in the same need.

Once we ask for forgiveness, believing in Jesus, we are all existing in the same salvation.

We will never be a first class Christian or a second or third class.

Every life is precious to God.

Every one.

As believers, we each have a ministry on the earth.

By following Jesus, there will be those that He wants us to talk to about Him.

Prostitute?

Tax collector?

Ruler?

Maybe.

Neighbor?

Coworker?

Family member?

If we are attentive to His voice, He will let us know.

He sees the hearts of the broken even when we cannot.

 

 

As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments, ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.” Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.

—Mark 10:17-22

 

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