THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS - STUFF IT BACK IN THE BOTTLE
By: Norm Rasmussen
Please Help Share God's Best News Gospel
(First off, If you aren't aware of 'The message of the cross', be highly encouraged to read it. It's the MOST IMPORTANT news you'll ever read: http://www.jesusdidit.info )
God has called my precious wife, Kathleen, and I to publish salvation testimonies of His people for many years now. (http://www.precious-testimonies.com). As you realize, anyone with access to the Internet can easily find salvation testimonies to read or hear. There isn't a shortage of them; not on the Internet anyway.
However ' let's do a little pretending. Let's say you are stranded all alone on a deserted island in the ocean. Let's say you have been there for a very long time, now barely able to stay alive. Your will to keep on living is diminishing quickly. Then two bottles come bobbing on the water toward you. They wash up on shore. Each has a written message inside. You eagerly read both.
One message is a salvation testimony of someone sharing how they came to Christ on a deserted island when they were about ready to die, and upon asking Jesus' forgiveness for their sins and then making Jesus their Lord and Savior, a ship came to the little barren island and rescued the testifier. Then the writer of that testimony states that if whoever reading that testimony is on a deserted island of their own, about ready to die - if they have enough faith - God may also rescue THEM.
The other message is 'The Message of the Cross'. It explains what Jesus Christ did for humanity and why to make them right with God the Father.
Which of these two messages do you think are more important to Jesus Christ? (Not important to YOU, but important to Jesus Christ?). If YOU had given your life as the supreme sacrifice on a cross to redeem mankind back to God the Father in good standing like Jesus did, the answer to that question is quite obvious, isn't it?
As ambassadors for Jesus Christ while our heart still beats, we have an obligation to our Savior and to our heavenly Father to be engaged in ADVERTISING the most IMPORTANT message this world needs to hear and keep on hearing. This message is the Good News that God says will go to every nation before Jesus returns back to earth:
'And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." (Matthew 24:14)
Shove 'The Message of the Cross' back into the bottle and toss the bottle back out into the ocean as the tide goes out, and pray that God will float it to someone else who God wants to hear it. It's the most important message God has given humanity to hear.
This scripture doesn't guarantee us that EVERY PERSON in every nation will read or hear this message before their heart stops beating, I don't personally believe, but with the aid of technology and the Internet, more and more people are going to be able to learn of 'The Message of the Cross' as each year passes, if they care to. If only ONE responds favorably from it and their lost soul is redeemed, it will have been worth it all! Afterall, it is impossible to measure the value of one lost soul in light of eternity!
Every true believer in Christ is growing very weary of the evil growing around this planet. We long to either be taken to heaven, or for Jesus to return to rid earth of evil.
I've researched a great deal over the years what other bible scholars have to say about the following scripture passage, yet I still have questions:
"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready." (Rev. 19:7).
The Holy Spirit gives us revelation that His 'wife' (or the Bride of Christ - same thing) is the universal - worldwide Church ' the Body of Christ ' all individual born again believers in Christ Jesus.
What is God talking about ' 'His wife (the worldwide Church - it's NOT a denomination either) has made herself ready for the marriage celebration with Jesus Christ?' Does it mean that all Christians alive at that time are going to agree about Bible doctrine? My firm opinion: NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! Does it mean that Christians alive at that time on earth will reach a state of sinless perfection ' no longer sinning? My firm opinion: NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! Why? Because as long as you have new Christian converts, there will be sin. Does it mean that if the Body of Christ will stop 'playing traditional church function(s)' and unite corporately worldwide ' frequently ' in unified prayer ' beating back the forces of evil with prayer and fasting, the Church 'has made herself ready'? Now that I give room for as a possibility.
But not completely. Deep in my being I think it may also be addressing taking 'The Message of the Cross' to every nation to meet God's mandate on the matter to HIS satisfaction, of course, and that is the purpose of this writing.
Saints ' God has given you and I the most important message He has for humanity to hear: THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS. Let us not grow weary and apathetic to diligently seek Him to be the very best ADVERTISING AGENTS for the Lamb we can be ' while we have the opportunity to do so. Consider the possibility that we believers in Christ may have more to do with WHEN the Father sends back Jesus to earth than we may realize. A bit sobering, isn't it? Let's hasten His returning as much as possible! Let's spread and KEEP SPREADING the Good News Of The Gospel Of Jesus Christ Dying For Sinners every way we can! We'll be rewarded for it from our Master.
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Dear Reader- are you at peace with God? If not, you can be. Do you know what awaits you when you die? You can have the assurance from God that heaven will be your home, if you would like to be certain. Either Jesus Christ died for your sins, or He didn't (He did!). Are you prepared to stand before God on the Judgment Day and tell Him that you didn't need the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross to have your sins forgiven and get in right-standing with God? We plead with you ... please don't make such a tragic mistake. To get to know God; to be at peace with God; to have your sins forgiven; to make certain heaven will be your home for eternity; to make certain that you are in right-standing with God right now ... please click here to help understand the importance of being reconciled to God. What you do about being reconciled to God will determine where you will spend eternity, precious one. Your decision to be reconciled to God is the most important decision you'll ever make in this life.
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