“Peace, Good Will Toward Men”
What is God’s will for all of mankind? For you? – “GOOD will.”
“Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.” Acts 3:26
Why did the Father send His only begotten Son? – “to bless you”!!!
How did Jesus come to “bless you”? – “in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.”
Since God’s divine nature is holy, He cannot have a relationship with any person who isn’t made holy by Him. – “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” (Isa. 59:2)
God, who is holy, is also “gracious.”
“But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and GRACIOUS, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.” Psalms 85:15
God sent His Son to bless all people (Jn. 3:16; Acts 3:26; 1 Jn. 2:2). The LORD Almighty is postured or “ready to FORGIVE” and not condemn (Ps. 86:5; Jn. 3:17; Lk. 9:56). This is His ultimate will and yet, if a person refuses to repent and place their trust in the only Salvation – Jesus Christ – he has rejected the LORD’s offer and will be made to pay for his own sins in the lake of fire – forever (Isa. 1:18-20; Rev. 20:11-15).
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.” Isaiah 1:18-20
“The whole world lieth in wickedness” and yet our Creator has shined on us all (2 Cor. 4:6; 1 Jn. 5:19). He has found us while we were yet in the gall of offense against Him! What love is this?! Unfathomable! He – the “Prince of Peace” Himself – actually came down from Heaven and paid the price to gain us back! (Isa. 9:6-7; Rom. 5:6-8; 2 Cor. 5:19, 21)
“For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” Romans 11:32-33
The whole world was under the dark cloud of sin! Fallen man was groping in darkness for thousands of years ….. AND THEN came the light – the Messiah – then came Jesus!!!
“In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” John 1:4
And the “Light” Himself made this promise:
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12
Jesus is the light. I don’t know about you, but I do know this much about me: I NEED JESUS!!!! – MORE than anyone else! Why? Because He is holy and I (like all men) am desperately wicked, darkened in heart, and depraved in myself, and therefore utterly and profoundly in need of and desperate for Jesus! This is why the following words of Holy Writ mean so much - to those who agree with God that they are utterly depraved and without hope without Him.
Listen with your heart to these words of your God and Maker:
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:68-79
God’s will toward men is that of “peace” and “good.”
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:10-14
May God bless each of us - His children - to spread HIS love during this season. How did God so love the whole world?
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:17
Did God send Jesus to condemn us/all men?
"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:17
ALL men have sinned against the one true, holy God and are guilty and worthy of eternal punishment, BUT JESUS !!!!!!
"Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." 1 Timothy 1:15
Spread His love - Jesus Christ - this season. Dare to ask the LORD to open doors for the ministry of His Spirit and Word! Beg Him to fill and use you. Ask Him to let His holy light shine through your life!
You can pray John 3:30 right now - "He must increase, but I must decrease." Christ promised, "Ask and ye shall receive." (Matt. 7:7)
Somebody says "But you don't understand. I have not been close to God lately .... I have sinned, so I have to work my way back to the LORD. I can't just ask for and receive His forgiveness, and ask for Him to use me!" Oh really? Let's compare that to what Scripture Truth tells us:
- You were NEVER at any time in your existence worthy of God’s gift of Christ or His forgiveness, and all the rest of the myriad of “benefits” He gave you in Jesus (Ps. 103:2).
- Is there a time lapse between when you turn back to God (repent), confess your sins, and ask Him to fill and use you? NO! It’s done upon repentance! (1 John 1:9)
- What did Jesus tell His disciple Peter to do after he sinned? – “when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” (Lk. 22:32)
Is it time to shake off your own thoughts, forsaking them for God’s? Are not His thoughts infinitely higher and superior to your own? (Isa. 55:8-9)
“God is love.” 1 John 4:16
The Father sent the Son, who sent the Spirit and you - to be the salt of the earth, seasoning and blessing others with the only essential healing - a relationship with their Maker.
“And the Spirit and the bride (all who are His) say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17
The LORD bless each of us to “say, Come” to those without His eternal and blessed kingdom. May He bless each of us to step outside of ourselves, and may He open doors for the ministry of His Word – to call men to “come” to Him as He prescribed – in “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20:21)
God has shown His favor on each of us who are born again into Jesus. May He now bless each of us to be used of Him, as a minister of reconciliation, communicating His love to other and how they too can be rescue into His blessed eternal, kingdom.
He said He is the light and that you are too - because He lives and shines in and through you! Go tell it on the mountain, saint of Christ. What have you to lose?
YOUR PRAYER TO THE LORD: Holy Father in Heaven, I want to take this moment to thank You that Your compassions fail not, and that they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! Thank You for all You have done for me. Forgive my sins afresh through the precious blood of Jesus, and fill me and bless me to be Your vessel of honor, bringing glory to You alone. Use me to bring other men to you for the first time and to bring the backslidden home to You! I love You, Jesus. Amen
Jesus is coming - ready or not.
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