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The plan leads to salvation as God showed with Jesus

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As we are living in the days that we celebrate, remember and think about Calvary, the death, burial and resurrection of Christ Jesus, a true event that took place more than 2,000 years ago that still has an impact on all lives who receive Him, and also will someday impact those who don’t receive Him.

I know people and was once one, who said some day I will get right with Christ or said that’s what I “ortha” do.  I believe there’s a lot of people that says that’s what they ortha do, so why not just go ahead and do what you ortha do. 

I believe time is getting short and you may run out of time if you don’t go ahead and do not only  what you ortha do but what you need to do. I believe Christ has presented His love, forgiveness, grace and acceptance to many of us to accept Him countless times. Luke 15:6 says, “And all mankind will see God’s salvation.” Titus 2:11 states, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.” (Philippians 2:9-11) Therefore God also has highly exalted him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

If you haven’t done this already, you will someday bow before him. The best thing that ever happened to me was when he called my name and said make me your choice, and I did.

I haven’t been perfect since then, but life has been different, with a purpose, a reason, a vision, a hope, forgiveness when I do mess up and a peace that passes all understanding.

This paper isn’t big enough to list all the attributes of knowing Christ as savior.

  First, he was sent for us to have salvation, no other name but the name of Jesus. Also, he came to give us the gift of the Holy Spirit and to have and live life without the sinful nature in control, but the Holy Spirit of God in control.  At times, it may seem like the enemy of God, satan was in control, but God was even in control at the event, at Calvary. 

The whipping post brought stripes for our healing.  The blood at the cross was for the cleansing of our sins, the resurrection was for our victory.  You can find this recorded in God’s Word, in Isaiah 53:3-7:  “He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as if it were our faces from him; he was despised and we did not esteem him.  Surely, he has borne our grief and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted, but he was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed.  he was oppressed and afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth. He was lead as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearer is silent, so he opened not his mouth.”

This was all written in the book of Isaiah somewhere around 700 years before Christ came.  All in the plan, Christ went through this for us that we may have a way to live a life for eternity in a place called Heaven, a place that is real waiting for all who call on his name and continue in his Word.  Also, the word says in Revelations that we also need to overcome some things. I’m still working on some of me.  For those who don’t choose Christ there is another place waiting.  It’s called hell in God’s word — a place I personally don’t think anyone including me would want to go when there is another way that has been already paid for, provided for by Christ.

Secondly, Christ went through this because of his love for his Father.  He knew his Father would not leave him in the grave, though his Father’s presence left Him when He took our sins and nailed them to the tree.  That’s the reason Christ said, “My God, My God” why have you forsaken me. (Mark 15:34)  In God’s presence there is no sin, so the Father left him while he took our sins and bought forgiveness to us by his sacrifice.  Christ knew God’s plan and he did not back away from it one step.  He could trust his Father, stand on his Father’s word and believe his Father’s promises.  Oh what a life, what faith.

Thirdly, this Christ, the risen savior, the soon coming king, the beginning, the end, he is the greatest phenomenon that has ever crossed the horizon of this world.

It’s him we should not just recognize a few times a year. We should magnify, exalt him continually. There are no words to describe how great he is. There are no words big enough, but we need to praise him with all the words we can, not just sometimes or when we feel like it but all the time.

Fourthly, words are not enough to express our gratitude for what he’s done. We should live a life that brings glory to him, a life that brings honor to him, a life that shows appreciation for every step he took for us.  He brings this love and forgiveness to us personally. It’s a new life, a new way of living. This is the part I’m still working on. I still have to live with some mistakes, some wrong decisions I’ve made. I know Christ will forgive any of us and help us, we just have to ask him  That’s our part.

He’s did his part at Calvary by sticking to his Father’s plan, even though it had to be tough. He did it, and said it is finished. How we live for Christ is the most important thing we can do.

Father, in the name of Jesus I ask you to forgive me where I have not lived a life that brought you glory and help me stick to your plan and not mine.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

The Rev. Bimp McAlister is pastor of the Calvary Full Gospel Church in Prestonville, Ky.