Source of Salvation for All

March 29, 2010

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him. – Hebrews 5:7-9

I had some blood work done at a local clinic as part of a health checkup with my doctor.  As some of my blood was drawn for testing, it got me thinking a bit.

About 2,000 years ago, God’s eternal Son, Jesus Christ, had some blood work done, too.  This wasn’t done at a health clinic, but on a wooden cross.  Jesus’ blood wasn’t taken out of him by a nurse’s needle; his blood was drawn by his heavenly Father’s just will.  Jesus poured out his blood, not for the sake of his health and wellbeing, but for the spiritual health and wellbeing of the entire sinful human race.  Jesus’ blood wasn’t like mine, sinful and only human; his blood was holy, divine and precious because he was and is true God and true man at the same time.  I had some of my blood drawn a bit reluctantly (I hate needles!), hoping that it will lead to a longer, healthier life for me on this earth.  Jesus shed his blood, without complaint or objection, to give unending life in heaven to all who obediently trust in him as this world’s only Savior from sin, death and eternal damnation in hell.

Contrary to popular belief and theory, there aren’t many ways to heaven, nor are there many saviors for people to trust in.  Jesus is the only true Savior our world will ever have.  The Bible declares that Jesus is the only source of eternal salvation for all, and that includes you.  It doesn’t matter how often you have sinned.  It doesn’t matter how “big” or “large” your sins are.  The blood of Jesus was shed for you to purify you from all guilt and wrongdoing.  In God’s eyes you are completely forgiven and cleansed from the stain of your sin.

During this Holy Week  we again are reminded of the love of our Father through His Son Jesus Christ who shed his blood  for us all. “The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”  Friend, this is the good news God wants you to believe with all your heart.  This is the good news God wants you to share with all, too.

Prayer: Chief of sinners though I be, Jesus shed his blood for me,
Died that I might live on high, Lives that I might never die.
As the branch is to the vine, I am his and he is mine. Amen.

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Palm Sunday

March 28, 2010

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Asia Ablaze! Newsletter

March 26, 2010

The March edition is available online. Our friend Robin McCoy contributes from Thailand.


Midweek Lenten Service VI

March 24, 2010

Vespers, Page 224, Lutheran Worship

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Look to Jesus

March 22, 2010

The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. The LORD said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived. – Numbers 21:7-9

To get healed of your snakebite you look to… a snake? Wow! Seems crazy! But it worked, because God had promised that it would. God didn’t take away the poisonous snakes; instead, he dealt with the poison.

And so he’s done for you and for me, regarding the “poisonous snake” called “sin.” Has that snake bitten you this week? Okay, that’s a dumb question. Better question: How horribly has sin bitten you this week? Yeah, that’s more accurate, isn’t it? Sin is horrible.  Sin hurts.  Indeed, sin is deadly.

God gives help for the poison of sin. Jesus talks about it in John 3 when he said to Nicodemus, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3:14-15).  God’s answer to sin?  It was to charge Jesus with all of those sins, and put Jesus on a cross to pay for them.  When Jesus died, he paid for sin in full, and proved it by rising from the dead.

And what does God now want? He wants you and me to keep on looking to Jesus, hung on that cross.  Why so?  Because there, in Jesus, you have healing!

Prayer: O Savior, forgive me for underestimating the horror of sin.  Lead me back to your cross over and over, that you might continue to assure me that I’ve been healed by your work, that indeed I’ve been healed forever.  Lead me to live in the confidence of forgiveness, and to reflect your joy to those around me.  Amen.


Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 21, 2010

Divine Service, Page 6, Hymnal Supplement 98

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Midweek Lenten Service V

March 17, 2010

Vespers, Page 224, Lutheran Worship

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