THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A fella moved to Florida from Massachusetts. (I wonder why?)
He immediately took advantage of the good fishing in Florida.
He assembled the gear that he had used for freshwater fishing up north,
and settled on a popular spot along the Intracoastal Waterway.
He attached his favorite lure, cast it out, and within minutes had caught a beautiful 8 pounder!
A local fisherman gazed in amazement.
The "newcomer" brought the fish ashore and gave it to the local fisherman.
He accepted it with gratitude, and asked, "What did you use to land this beauty?"
The "newcomer" explained it was his favorite silver spinner.
The local old timer said, "Oh no! Can't be done that way! You gotta use live shrimp to catch fish like that!"
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
They said it couldn't be done!
They said God would not come to earth as a man!
The Sadducees said there was no resurrection and God wouldn't do that.
They were so enthralled with their own idea of God they refused the TRUTH!
Even though God had told them in His Word there would be a "suffering Messiah,"
they did not believe it!
But God came in Jesus Christ!
Jesus died for sinners!
He was the "Righteous" dying for the UNrighteous.
He was the "Sinless" dying for the sinful.
Jesus DID it!
He died for us on that cross for our atonement...paying God for our sins.
And, Jesus was raised from the grave for our "justification."
Jesus has the authority to wash us in His own blood and present us cleansed at the throne of God.
And the way to receive Jesus is as simple as A, B, C!
A - admit you are a sinner as God says (Rom. 3:23).
B - believe Jesus will forgive and save you (John 3:16).
C - commit your life to Jesus (Rom. 10:9-10).
Yet, there are many who say, even today, "ya can't do it like that!"
Some say you have to be baptized HERE.
Some say you have to receive God's Spirit HERE.
Some say God will save EVERYONE ANYWAY.
Jesus says SURRENDER to Him is the ONLY way!