Most of us know the story of the Prodigal Son. I think there were two parts to the story, Jesus had two lessons in mind. First, God loves us all like sons and daughters. And, no matter what we have done in life, He still loves us and wants us to come back to Him. As it says in 2 Peter 3:9, He is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” Second, we should not be jealous of others and we need to be humble and not self-righteous, because we all fall short. As Paul says in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”Continue reading “We Are All Prodigals”
Of all the things that was on Jesus’ mind as He was suffering on the cross, He wanted to make sure His mother was taken care of. This was the woman who raised Jesus as a child. This was the woman who was obedient to God and made great sacrifice. She followed Him to the end.
God has high regard for children. Throughout scripture He speaks of children often, that we are to love them, care for them and even be like them. He calls those who believe children of God. He sent His Son as a Child, to become the Savior of the world.
“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. Continue reading “Let the Children Come to Me”
What a blessing it is to know that we have an inheritance in heaven. Jesus came to this earth to pay for our sins by dying on the cross. He conquered death and was raised from the grave. By His grace we are saved if we believe in Him. We are assured that God always keeps His promises, and He promised eternal life and as adopted sons and daughters (as mentioned in the previous post), we have an inheritance. Continue reading “God’s Promises: Our Inheritance”
One of the greatest promises God has given us is adoption to be children of God. For those of us who believe, He has accepted us to be part of His family and heirs of eternal life (more on this next time). He didn’t decide to adopt us because of our love for Him or all the great things that we have done, but because He loved us, because Christ died for us that we may be sons of God. I talked last time about being a sponsor for children and how missionaries go to a strange land and accept children as their own, sharing God’s love. How much more does God love us and accept us as His children. What an awesome thing! Continue reading “God’s Promise: Adoption”