Posted by: richardpowell2013 | August 2, 2015

FOR WHOM CHRIST DIED FOR

I have a question. How many of you are on Facebook? Now there has to be more of you than that. I’m friends with most of you. You are my friends aren’t you? Facebook can be a good thing. My wife and I share a page, for accountability, to share our adventures and to encourage others. But it can be ugly sometimes. A couple of months ago, I saw a post where people were badmouthing an undesirable person in south lake county. What was so disturbing was these folks were Christians! My question is, has anyone told this so called “con artist and scammer” about Jesus? I was so convicted by this, I studied who did Jesus come down from heaven to save and ended up at the foot of the cross.
Modern man values “why” much more than “who, what, when, or where.” We think we understand a thing once we can answer “why.” But may I submit that, in the case of the Lord’s Supper, the answer to “who” also has great significance?
So let us ask: for whom did Christ die?
It’s tempting to be impatient with those who are immature in the faith. It’s often convenient to segregate those who have a troubling sin such as drugs, alcohol, or pornography. We see them as weaker, and mind you, this might be true. But do we see them as one for whom Christ died? As a recovering alcoholic and addict, I remember when I first became a Christ follower and was approached by a mature but naive Christian that said, “Are you one of those people? You know, one of the people in the recovery group.” I really didn’t know how to respond to that statement. Then as I learned about Jesus, I read that is exactly who he came to save. In Matthew chapter 9 Jesus was criticized by religious leaders for hanging out with sinners and this was his response… “On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” So now when someone says that you are one of “those people”, I say God has a mission for my mistakes!
 
For those who are burdened down in sin, who see no way out. He is the help of all who seek Him, the joy of all who find Him. There are NO worthy sinners and unworthy sinners; just sinners—and His salvation.
Why, then, do we so often look for (and find) the evil in others? One reason is this: it’s easy enough to find. We’re all sinners; it’s just that some of us manage to hide it in a socially acceptable way. Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
 We are often quick to assume—the beggar by the road is a fake; Sin is easy to spot in others, hard to spot in ourselves. It’s easy to outline the cure for others; hard to take our own medicine. 
There is a cure for this: it is the love of Christ. He demands no robot like obedience. Rather, obedience to Christ is based on love, for He told us that if we love Him, we will do as He commands. If your nose is shiny from looking down it, look up instead. Love Him, deeply and sincerely, honestly and courageously. When you do, you will see those for whom Christ died in a different way—not just sinners, but children of God. And remember—He died for you, too. 
 

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