Getting to Know God                                               

Genesis 1:1-3 "In the beginning when God created heaven and earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep while a wind from God (or the spirit of God) swept over the waters. Then God said “Let there be light” and there was light.” These first words of God established what God is. God is light, it's like He was saying, "Let there be God!" These first Words gave light to the world. John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God , and the Word was God."  After God created the world, the Bible says God created man in his image and gave man dominion over the world. Genesis 1:26-27 “Then God said, Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over the cattle and over all the wild things of the earth."


In Psalm 8 it is written “when I look at the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established, what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them.” So God is immortal, and through His son He has created more than just one world. Hebrews 1:1-2 “Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways through the prophets but in these last days he has spoken to us by a son, whom he has appointed heir of all things through whom he also created the worlds." Who is this son that God has spoken to us by?


God is the sovereign and creator of the universe, the abiding, never-changing, all-knowing, omnipotent God. God is bigger and greater and surpasses anything we can imagine or describe. God is holy, perfect, awesome, powerful and wise. His glory is so intense that no human can look upon the face of God and live. His name in Biblical times was Jehovah, a name so holy and revered it could not be spoken by people or written by scribes. As vast and infinite as God is, he is also personal and intimate. It says in the Bible God's weakness is stronger than the strongest of human strengths. With all God's strength, power and authority, God is also loving and gentle. God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 "Beloved, let us love one another because love is from God and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God for God is love." We are God's beloved children, we are the apple of his eye. God is our heavenly father who holds us close in his arms, he loves us and cares for us. However God is also not to be trifled with, we have to understand who God is, what he has done and what he is capable of doing. This is the fear of the Lord, it is a healthy fear. It says in the Bible in Proverbs 1:7 "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge." This is absolutely true. We must humble ourselves and understand our place compared to God. Sometimes this is a difficult thing for people to do.


John Chapter 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life". This son of God is the same appointed heir through whom God created the worlds. Collosians Chapter 1:15-16 "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers - all things have been created through him and for him." Who is this son that God gave? Who is this person through whom all things were created? His name is Jesus Christ.


Jesus was and is the son of God. Jesus is the sinless, spotless lamb of God who, by God's grace and mercy, came to save humanity from their sin. Jesus was God in human form when he walked among men, 2000 years ago on earth. There is no sin in eternal heaven so how was God to reconcile the sin of humanity, so they may have eternal life? He gave his son Jesus. The world was created by God through Jesus and now is given the chance return to God through Jesus. It was and is God's perfect plan. Apostle Paul said "when I think of the wisdom and scope of God's plan I fall to my knees."


John Chapter 14:6, Jesus said, "I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me you will know my Father also." Jesus never sinned, but He paid the price for our sin by death on the cross to make us righteous with God. Then after three days, Jesus was raised from the dead, in victory over death. How do you save yourself from perishing forever?  The answer, Romans Chapter 10 verse 9 "If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Through Jesus, what was wrong is now right with God. Through Jesus, your sins are forgiven, there is freedom! Let's pray and say out loud in faith. "Lord, I know I have sinned and I want to be right with you. I thank you for what Jesus did for me.  I confess that Jesus is Lord and I believe in my heart that God raised him from death. Jesus, I believe in you."  If you have prayed that prayer, if you have said those words and believe them, you are now born-again believer. It's that simple, it's not complicated, it's a free gift. It's called salvation. Receive it and be blessed. Romans 10:13 "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Giving your heart to the Lord is a simple thing to do and the most important decision you will ever make. If you confess and believe Jesus, you are a Christian, you have Holy Spirit living inside of you. You are open to all the goodness, richness and fullness of God.


Two things you should know and never forget. First, as a believer, you have the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. That means through Jesus, you have God's approval. Second, absolutely nothing can ever separate you from the love of God. Romans Chapter 8 verses 38 & 39 "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord".

 

                                                                                    

The Blood of Jesus


This is something I didn’t quite understand for a long time. Knowing Jesus as I do now, I understand but probably still cannot fully comprehend the pain and the sacrifice that he made in dying on the cross for us.


Jesus was God on earth and allowed himself to be born into a human body, to experience what it is to be human first hand. He was born and lived in humble circumstances, his adult earthly ministry of loving, teaching and healing was three years long then he died a painful, condemned sinners death on the cross. He died having never committed a sin. He willingly gave himself up as a substitute and sacrifice for the sins of humanity. He didn’t have to do this, he could have called it off at any time, but he chose death to give humanity the chance for eternal life, the chance to make themselves right with the Lord through Him.


Jesus shed his blood on the cross. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for our sin, that’s why his blood is so precious. Jesus’ blood is healing blood, it’s cleansing blood, by his wounds we are healed. Our sins, which are many, through Him, are forgiven, are taken away. Colossians 1:20 "and through Him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross." Just before Jesus was nailed to the cross, his back was flogged, horrible wounds all over his body, his skin and tissue was torn to shreds. He suffered and atoned for our sins. That is why it is said by His strips we are healed. By his strips our sins are removed as far as the east is from the west and as believers we are now acceptable to God.

The blood of Jesus is a wonderful thing, it is very powerful and very humbling that the great Lord, our God almighty would love us so much that he would give of himself this way. The blood and the body of Jesus are acknowledged symbolically in the practice of Holy Communion given all over the world in churches today. John 3:16-17, “For God so loved the world, he gave his only Son, that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world but in order that the world might be saved through him."