You have no excuse

JOHN 20:19-31. There are some people who can’t accept that Christ died for their sins because they are unable to connect how the death of Jesus Christ twenty centuries ago could have anything to do with the sins they have committed in their lifetime. Some others give a mental assent that Jesus died on the cross without any commitment to its power to offer them salvation. Even Herod Agrippa king of Judea after hearing the powerful message of Apostle Paul could only declare, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian”(Acts 26:28). Confirming what is revealed to Paul that “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. 2:14). Nevertheless, in these and other instances there is no excuse for anyone to allow intellect or emotions become the driving force for doubts or unbelief regarding the redemptive work of Christ. At first some disciples of Jesus expressed fear and some doubted after Jesus resurrected and appeared physically to the disciples. “why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? (Luke 24:38). Thomas who was away when Jesus appeared to his disciples said he will not believe until he sees where the nails were pierced in his hands and side. He wanted a proof of Jesus resurrection. That is the same challenge for many who believe the saying- “seeing is believing”, in contrast to the words of Jesus”… blessed are they that have not seen, yet believe. A steadfast true Christian believes every word of God in the Scriptures.
Jesus has not only risen and is alive but he is busy and fully occupied in heaven interceding for believers to guarantee our security (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25); Jesus is residing within every believer in the person of the Holy Spirit whom he sent to be in us and with us (John 15:26; Roma. 8:9-10). He is alive and busy preparing a place for you and I in heaven where there are many mansions and will return to receive us to himself (John 14:2-3). Jesus as the fulfilment of the law is busy speaking on our behalf as our mediator and advocate (1 John 2:1-2). Jesus is busy exercising authority and power over everything in heaven and on earth over Satan, powers and principalities. Jesus needed to die and live again to continue to arrange all things and events necessary for his return again. As believers and followers of Jesus we are called to carry out similar work while here on earth. The authority and power to subdue and exercise dominion over God’s creation is now available to believers.
Jesus died and rose again to save us so we reflect his life in our work, attitudes, words and behaviour. The Church through the power of the Holy Spirit is quickening, equipping and preparing us to continue serving God and man and carrying out the work of soul winning to expand God’s kingdom pending Christ’s return (Luke 19:13). What would be the reason why someone will not forsake sin and believe in the risen Lord Jesus Christ and the finished work of salvation on Calvary? This ought to astonish and stir up belief in the risen Lord for any man or woman who is still holding unto self-righteousness and self-justification? There is no longer any excuse; the evidence is clear concerning your redemption and salvation. There’s no need to hesitate if you have not made a decision to follow Jesus. Your trust in him will not be in vain. Take the decision now and you’ll be assured of eternity.

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