For God so loved the World

For God so loved the world

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”. John 3-16

If ever there was such a profound statement it is this. It unites Christians who sometimes get divided by petty denominational arguments.

Christ went to the Cross for all our sins, he went reluctantly because he knew the price that he would have to pay for all of us. he also went joyfully, now I know in today’s society that is probably a strange concept , someone taking your place as the sin offering but that is exactly what he did. In Hebrews it says this

“Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!”

We must never forget of what God sacrificed to make our Salvation possible Christ became the sacrificial lamb for all of us. Salvation is a gift from God and it has come at great expense to God but there is something we have to do and you will find it in the great nativity hymn which we sing at Christmas

” O Holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today”

My friends that is a big ask, cast out our sin, now if anyone thinks that they are without sin I am going to tell you something, your just deceiving yourself. Now I know we don’t like to talk about sin, no not even in Churches, not even on a Sunday. Well who really likes to be confronted with their own iniquities. We feel far more comfortable having our Christianity all wrapped up pink and fluffy, well if you like your Christianity that way your just deceiving yourself. And those who articulate it are just deceiving you also, as Christ said himself in the gospel of St Matthew

““Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits”.

When you come into communion with Jesus Christ you cant keep living your life the way you used to before you came into communion with Jesus Christ, you cant live in that sinful nature, its impossible, you cant be in communion with Christ whilst your living in sin and I challenge anyone to tell me the opposite. St Paul in his letter to the Galatians tell us who have been saved what we must do. he tells us not only must we live by the Spirit we must also live in the Spirit and have the Spirit living within us,

Paul tells us

“Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God”

I defy anyone to tell me that they can live in their sinful nature whilst at the same time living by the spirit

Paul also says what the fruits of the Spirit are

“By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another”

.” O Holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today”

It is a prayer asking Jesus to cleanse us from our sin, and enter into our hearts to live: Have you put your faith and trust in Him? If not, open your heart to Christ right now you won’t regret it.

And may God bless you this evening

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