Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It's Time To Go Home - Lenten Bible Readings

Jesus made a way for us to get close to God.

1 Peter 3:18-22   Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.

19 So he went and preached to the spirits in prison 20 those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood. 21 And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

22 Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority.

One time, that's all that it took, the lamb that God provided was the last lamb that would be needed. It used to be that the Jews had to cart an animal to synagogue every time they went, but now all of that is over, Jesus sacrifice was the perfect sacrifice that put an end to the drudgery of the law.

Jesus sacrifice invites us sinners to come home, just like the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) we are all welcome home back to our fathers house where their will be a huge celebration. Remember how good it feels when you return from a long trip away from home? Return to God and enjoy the wonderful benefits that come from knowing that our father is so happy that we are back.

Ephesians 2:13  But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.

Thank you Lord for making a way for me to draw close to you!