- John 3:16 KJV
Is there anyone out there who is not fearful of anything today? Well, some might say so but in their hearts they are likely just fibbing a bit, for, of course, we have fears in this world. And today there are so many things that seem upside down that it would be nearly impossible to not be fearful, or at least very much concerned with the goings on in today's world. But there is much reason to be hopeful instead of fearful of the evil about us, for God has given us the answer that we need and it is very simple indeed. We must accept that Jesus Christ, God's only son, is our Savior and, in return, our fear of a final death never has to come. He offers us the magnanimous gift of forgiveness and eternal life if we truly believe in Him.
Think about the magnificence of God's commitment to us and His willingness to forgive us for all that we do if we only do one special thing. We must believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior based on faith alone. This requires us to forego proof, but believe in Him using our heart and mind and the discernment that God gives us when we truly focus on His goodness and light. And while it can be for some a very easy thing to do, carrying out the commitment to live accordingly is always more difficult in a world filled with sin. Whether we want to admit it or not, we mortals were born with sin and have to avoid the temptations that Satan offers to us, for he is a master of disguise who can fool those easily who want to give in to what he offers. So, we must hold fast to our faith with the one reason that has clearly been shown for us and that is the Cross.
The Cross is the symbol of the blood which was shed and the body which was broken and savaged on that Cross. Jesus, the first perfect man, was brutally put to death for no sin at all but for preaching against sin and calling out the people, including the High Rabbi and priests at the Temple who had used that hallowed place as a money-maker. He railed against greed and avarice and asked that we all live by God's law with the addition of the New Covenant that he brought with the power of forgiveness. Many, however, chose to scorn him and pummel him and put Him to a brutal and torturous death and He followed through and allowed himself to be sacrificed for the forgiveness of each of us. The rest is up to us to decide what we will do, but if we do as He wishes, our future is assured with the glory of eternity. Choose the opposition and a much darker ending awaits, a never ending time of nothingness but pain and fear for that same eternity.
So, you see, the opening verse of John 3:16 which is so often used today, offers the ultimate source of the answer to all that we face and it is up to each of us using the gift of free will which God gives us. God doesn't want to make the decision for us for that would indicate that we are unable to do so, yet He gave us free will and a brain, heart, body and soul to make decisions for ourselves. What will it be? Will we choose the Way of truth and light or the Way of solitude, darkness, and death? It's up to each of us so choose wisely, please.
And as a special added word for this special Sunday which is D-Day, honor those who so gallantly gave their own lives for us in that great invasion of France on this day seventy -seven years ago at Normandy (June 6, 1944). While Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice to allow us forgiveness for all of our sins and thereby become eligible to gain eternity by a decision to believe in Him by faith alone, many of our fighting soldiers on this day gave their lives to provide freedom for Americans of all future generations. Let's also pray that their work was not done in vain but for the good of man as well. Now have a blessed day.