Friday, August 1, 2014

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
      Amazing is the GRACE of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, "Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Heb.12: 2)
      Marvellous is the LOVE of God the Father, "Who gave His only begotten Son" to die on the Cross as His Pascal Lamb by shedding His pure and holy blood for the sins of the world. (John 1: 29; 3: 16; 1 Cor.15: 1-4)
     Glorious is the FELLOWSHIP of the blessed Holy Spirit, "the Promise of the Father", Who was given to the Church by our Lord Jesus Christ on the Day of Pentecost! (Acts 1: 8; 2: 4, 33)
      The WONDER of it all leaves us almost speechless trying to verbalize  or articulate in a meaningful fashion the incomprehensive, unexplainable and irresistible Gospel of the mercy, grace and love of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; World Without End!
      It is no wonder that St. Paul cried out: "O Death where is thy sting? O Grave where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But tanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor.15: 55-57)
      What a VICTORY is ours, because Christ's VICTORY is our VICTORY for time and eternity! How could anyone deny such great gift to a world of sinning men, the Gift of Eternal Life? How could anyone not want to be freed from the fear, agony and pain of going to a lost eternity, by the God of the Universe Himself, who through His vicarious death on Golgotha actually swallowed up death for us all.
       "The HOLY BIBLE says: "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man." (Heb.2: 9) Surely, death is swallowed up in Victory and, "precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." (Psalms 116: 15)
     Justice is when you get what you deserve. Mercy is when you don’t get what you deserve. Grace is when you get what you don’t deserve! We were all guilty, sinners by birth, nature and choice.
     The penalty for sinning is guilt, fear, condemnation and death. Jesus Christ - God’s Son - was incarnated (God in human flesh) so that He could die in our place thereby paying our penalty, by shedding His pure and sinless BLOOD on the cross at Golgotha and rise again in power. (Heb.9: 11-14; 1 John 1: 7)

     Today, He sits on His Father’s right hand in the Holy of Holies pleading for us to repent of our sins and receive His pardon and become His children by Faith in His blood! Will you receive Him today as your personal saviour? He waits for you, my friend! (Matt.11: 28; John 3: 16, 17, 36; Rev.3: 20). Amen