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Christ is Central
December 10, 2017


Christ is Central


Please, just for a moment, leave your conclusions open and give the following a fresh thought.

Since the first century, the works and words, the divinity claims, and the empty tomb of Jesus all add up to change the lives of billions of people, and the phenomenon is still going on.

Numerous people worldwide every day are entering into a living, loving relationship with Jesus, who they claim is alive. They claim full redemption from guilt, from the bondage of addictions and bad habits, and even supernaturally from various kinds of infirmity. They claim that there is power in the blood Jesus shed for them two thousand years ago.

Isaiah chapter 53 prophesied about Jesus hundreds of years before his birth. The earliest manuscript of the book of Isaiah we now have is the scroll found in a cave near the Dead Sea roughly seventy years ago. It is dated to about 120 years before Jesus was born. The text is the same as what we have in the Hebrew or Old Testament Bible today.

It says in verses 4 to 6, "Yet it was our sicknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down ... But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all."

Christ is central to the Christian faith.

A person who is rationally convinced that God exists may not be a Christian. A person who believes that the four Gospels in the Bible are reliable eyewitness accounts of the life and works of Jesus may not be a Christian. If a person believes no other explanation of the empty tomb but the resurrection of Jesus, this doesn't make him or her a Christian. These are all important steps of reason that I thoroughly dealt with in my book titled "Restored by Grace." But ultimately, what matters is the appropriation of the work of Christ for one's own life, so that a personal, living and loving relationship with God can be restored.

We may ease the guilt of wrongdoings by attempts of restitution. In times before Jesus, people did it before God as well by offering a sacrifice through a priest, who acted as a mediator. The relief was temporary and needed to be regularly repeated.

Jesus, the Messiah and the Son of God, is the Mediator God appointed. He voluntarily offered himself as the perfect sacrifice to cover all the sins of any person, without regard to when a sin is committed on the timeline of the person's life. He did all the heavy lifting to give everyone the full right to be completely forgiven. They only need to repent and accept the blood of Christ to cover all their sins to claim this right. After that, by the simple act of genuine repentance every time they recognize a sin in their lives, they can be sure that God will forgive as He promised.

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). Paul says that God forgave all our sins, removed all charges against us, by nailing them all on the cross (Colossians 2:13-14).

God's forgiveness is so complete that He chooses to forget about it. God promised through Isaiah, "Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool" (Isaiah 1:18).

We may even take responsibility for our ancestors, repent of their sins that brought curses not only on themselves but also on their descendants, and thus halt the consequences down the bloodline (Exodus 34:6-7).

In the same spirit, we may repent of our sins and restore our relationship with God on the national level. God promised King Solomon, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Please appropriate the work of Christ for your life today. Restore your relationship with God. Every time before you pray, repent of your unconfessed sins, claim the right promised to you to be completely covered by the blood of Christ and to be fully forgiven. You can then enter into God's presence without blemish. You will be on holy ground, and He is going to hear your prayer.


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From Darkness to Light
170504, Ch.1, What is Heaven?
170512, Ch.5, Good and Evil
170519, Ch.5, Image of God
170526, Ch.6, All Have Sinned
170602, Ch.6, Isaiah Prophecies
170609, Ch.6, Lamb of God
170616, Ch.6, Decision Prayer

New Life in Christ
170623, Ch.7, Fruit of the Spirit
170630, Ch.7, Time with God
170707, Ch.7, Life Together
170714, Ch.7, Messiah's Return
170728, Ch.7, Audacious Faith
171006, Ch.7, Mark of the Christian
171027, Ch.7, Christian Identities

Growing in Christ
171110, Know the Bible
171210, Christ is Central
180302, Satan Exposed

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