"But God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

Reverend Donald P Rains, Minister


Messages from the Cross

Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus invites all men to come unto Him through faith and through repentence. We read in this Scripture text where Jesus proclaims 'Come unto me all ye who are burden and heavy laden and I will give you rest'. The words "burden" and "heavy laden" are very significant in this universal call from Jesus. Burdens means to be or have troubles in daily living. Heavy laden means to be heavy with sin and the guilt of sin. Remember, when Jesus began His public ministry, Jesus began by preaching 'repent, repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand'.

Repent means to turn completely away from sin and turn turn to God.

Apostle John writes 'in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and, the Word was God, and the Word became flesh and dwelt with men'. John also write that 'He (Jesus) came unto His own but His own did not receive Him but, to them that did receive HIm, gave he power (authority) to become a son of God'.

From Scripture we learn that the God who made man and this earth and every thing that was made came now to dwell with men; this same God who talked and led Abraham to the land of Canaan, came to dwell with men; this same God who spoke to the prophets of old even unto Job  came to dwell with men.

Jesus, the eternal Word of God whom the Father revealed to Peter is the Son of the Living God has come preaching 'REPENT, REPENT'.This  same Jesus came also preaching and teaching that all men shall know ye are my disciples if ye do whatsoever I command ye. This same Jesus came teaching that the Father in Heaven and I are one and, the very works I do, I do from Him - the Father - which has sent me.

Scriptures teach that even before God made man and the earth God knew that man would rebel and become disobedient against Him; so God planned that within the time He set, His Son would come and suffer and die on a Cross to forgive man and to bring man back into fellowshp with God. That, God would judge and to condemn His own Son - on that Cross - that man would be redeem and forgiven; that, the innocent Blood Jesus will shed upon the Cross would be the payment that God will receive to pay for man's sin.

The Bible teach that because Adam - the first man - sinned, all of mankind came under the curse of rebellion against God; 'all have sinned and have dishonored God' the Bible teach.

It is also because of sin and rebellion against God that man have burdens, and sorrows, and pain and - YES - even death. Death is the result of disobeying God. Death does not only means the physical end of life but, even more so, death means to be separated from God.

Before Adam sinned, God and Adam enjoyed perfect fellowship but, when Adam did sin, that fellowship was broken and God and Adam no more walked and talked together as freind to friend. But, the coming of Jesus - the Son of the Living God - the Bible taught us that He became the Friend to every sinner - that means you and I.

Jesus came to bear our sin on that Cross and, by doing so, Jesus did what you and I could never do for ourselves. There was no way that any of us could have ever die to pay for our sin and then to live again; no not on our own power; no  not on our own righteousness because the Bible teach that our own righteous is as filthy rags; every good we might do is stained with sin and rebellion against God.

Jesus who is the only begotten Son of the Living God, only He could come and to pay our sin debt and to live again because - only Jesus is perfect - pure - and without sin. Jesus Himself declared that 'for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever will believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son to Condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved'.

On the Cross, Jesus completed every act to redeem man and, Jesus there died, was buried, and early that Sunday morning, the Father raised up Jesus from the dead and, Jesus is now sitting at the right hand of God as our Mediator but, Jesus is soon to come again and shall carry home with Him all who loves Him and has received Him to be their personal Lord and Saviour - the God of their salvation.

On the Cross, there Jesus forgave every man's sin and  He calls all men, all women, and children to come unto Him. Apostle Paul taught 'whoever shall call upon the Name of Jesus, shall be saved'. Apostle Peter taught, 'Jesus is not slack according to His promise as some men count slackness but, is long suffering that all will come unto repentance'.

Jesus on the Cross forgave every man their sin but, on the last day, when Jesus shall judge this world with righteousness, it shall be them who have rejected and have denied Christ Jesus that shall be forever separated from God.

I am reminded from the Book of Joshua when, Joshua being an old  man of 110 years old, called all of the Hebrew people together and had reminded them of all the good that God has been to them. Joshua did that because He saw how they were forgetting God and started to worship strange idols and other gods. Remember that, through Moses, God warned the Hebrew people that they shall not have any other gods before Him.

When I think of how Jesus came into my life and saved me from sin and the guilt of sin and, I was not worth saving, I have to say Yes Jesus, Yes my Lord. When I remember how so very good that Jesus has been to me and, how Jesus became my strength in my weakness, I have to say Yes Jesus, Yes my Lord. When I think of the great sorrows and sufferings that Jesus did suffer on the Cross for my salvation, my soul cries out - Yes Jesus, Yes my Lord.  When I think that Jesus is both Lord and God - the God of my salvation, I must say Yes Jesus, Yes my Lord!

Saying 'yes Jesus, yes my Lord' means to completely surrender and to submit my life to Jesus and, I walk and go where He leads and commands and, I submit myself to Jesus.

Sometimes it is very difficult to surrender and to submit to Jesus but, when one does so, they shall know that their reward is to forever live with Jesus in His Father's Kingdom.

On the night the Jesus was betrayed, Jesus told the disciples that the time has come for Him to go back to His Father but Jesus told them that He would not leave them without comfort, He shall send to them the Spirit of the Living God - the Holy Spirit. Jesus told them that I go to prepare a place for you and if I go, I shall return and to receive you unto me. Jesus said that in my Father's House are many mansions. Just think, the Bible describes the glory and the beauty of Heaven and, because of Jesus, we who believe and have received Jesus, there too shall we also be - enjoying all that He has prepared for us.

Jesus said 'COME UNTO ME...'; my response is 'YES JESUS, YES MY LORD'!

The old Hymn of the church repeats 'softly and tenderly Jesus is calling; calling for you and for me'.

In the Wondrous Strong Saving Name of Jesus who saves men from sin and the Judgment. AMEN





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