Believers are Sinners Saved by Grace!

  •        Believers are sinners saved by grace!

 

—If there is one thing we learn in the book of Romans, it is that we are all sinners saved by grace. We are all in desperate need of a Savior!

—Paul, in no uncertain terms, makes that crystal clear. We are all guilty.  

—There are two kinds of people in the world – saved and unsaved.

— When we understand the depth of our depravity, then we understand the exuberating freedom of forgiveness in Jesus Christ! Praise God, Hallelujah, Amen!! Thank you, Jesus!! Thank you!  Hope

–As believers, we all have baggage to deal with. We put it at the feet of our Lord Jesus and know we are forgiven and our sins are not remembered by God anymore.

—Or we can carry it with us and worry day to day.       

—Our opinion of anyone’s past, or baggage is not worth a hill of beans. Anyone’s opinion of our past, or baggage is not worth a hill of beans. 

Only the Word of God matters, and each one of us must search the scriptures for ourselves and go to Christ in prayer for whatever our needs are, for whatever is in our hearts and on our minds. For whatever our concerns are. For whatever our circumstances are. 

—Individual and corporate prayer are both important and we can share our burdens but “opinions” of each other’s burdens are irrelevant. Again, the Word of God, the Bible is our only standard.

—He is merciful and forgiving and loving and the bottom line is we all need forgiveness for one reason or another. For many reasons. We all need a Savior. Desperately.

—In Romans, Paul gives us an airtight case for the lostness of humanity and the necessity of God’s intervention. Grace.

—Jesus suffered and died for all of our sins. Through faith in Christ, we have been set free! And when we are set free in Christ, we are free indeed!

Please read: (Romans 2:18-32), (Isaiah 43:25), (Isaiah 38:17), (Psalm 103:12), (Philippians 3:13), (Romans 8:1)

You can accept God’s gift of salvation today! Simply asks our Lord Jesus Christ to come into your heart and be in charge of everything in your life. Your joys, your sorrows, your pain and ask Him to rule over your relationships, your work, your everything! He will do just that. Ask Him for forgiveness of all your sins and He will forgive you and put you on a new road that leads to Him for all eternity.

 

in Christ,Forgiven

Lynn Drew

Jesus Died For You And Me

Arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane 

After Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, He was first taken to the house of Annas and questioned. Annas was hoping to prove that Jesus and His disciples were against Rome and Caesar, which would be an act of sedition punishable by death.  After Annas questioned Jesus, he sent him bound to the High Priest, Caiaphas who accused Jesus of blasphemy. The religious leaders of the time really just wanted to be sure that Jesus was out of the way, one way or the other.

Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him.  And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year. (John 18:12-13) nkjv

 

Jesus Must Die…The Sanhedrin Made Their Decision 

Sanhedrin: 70 men, plus the high priest and including the chief priests, scribes and elders.

The-Sanhedrin

Then the members of the Sanhedrin assembled before Caiaphas in the middle of the night, and when Jesus confessed that He was the Christ, they were outraged and accused Him of blasphemy. They knew oh so well this would lead to His certain death. They met early the next morning to announce their verdict.

   And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, “Do You answer nothing?  What is it these men testify against You?” But He kept silent and answered nothing. 

  Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”

Jesus said,  “I am.  And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”  Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “What further need do we have of witnesses?  You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?”

   And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.  (Mark 14:60-64) nkjv

 

Pontius PilateEnter Pontius Pilate

Caiaphas, after accusing Jesus of blasphemy, sent Him to Pontius Pilate to carry out the death sentence.

Pontius Pilate was the Roman governor (prefect) of Judaea, under emperor Tiberius in the 1st century. All four Gospels portray Pilate as weak. He was an indecisive and compromising man so he was easily dominated by the members of the Sanhedrin, as well as the mob like crowd. However, he did offer the crowd to let either Jesus or Barabbas go free. Then he washed his hands of the situation.

Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?”

Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.” And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.

Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.

Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished. And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy.

While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.”

But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?”

They said, “Barabbas!”

Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?”

They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”

Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?”

But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”

When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.”  (Matthew 27:11-24) nkjv

 

The Crowd Chose BarabbasBarabbas

Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified. (Matthew 27:26) nkjv

And there was one named Barabbas, who was chained with his fellow rebels; they had committed murder in the rebellion.  (Mark 15:7) nkjv

The crowd roared that they wanted Barabbas released. But why in the world would they want Barabbas, a murderer and a notorious prisoner released? The answers always can be found in scripture.

   But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. (Matthew 27:20)  nkjv

Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”

Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find not fault in Him.”

The Jews answered him, “We have a law and according to our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God.”  (John 19:6-7)

 

Jesus CrucifiedThe Cross

There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him,  and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

And they divided His garments and cast lots. And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.”

The the soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.”

And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew:

THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”

But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly,for we receive the due reward of our deed; but this Man has done nothing wrong.”  Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:32-43) nkjv 

Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior

If you do not believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, your sins are still on your shoulders and you will be accountable for them before a Righteous and Holy God. The consequence of rejecting Christ, is hell. Separation forever from God Almighty. I have never meant anyone whose goal was to go to hell, so please consider carefully what Jesus has done for you. Then simply humble yourself and ask Jesus to be Lord and Savior over your life, and repent of your sins. We all have to repent and the perfect time to do so is now. Good works do not save, families cannot save, friends cannot save – –  only Jesus saves!

Jesus reigns now and forevermore, He is Lord and Savior!

Lynn Drew

Forgiven 

Jesus Christ Did Not Resist the Cross

 

Jesus Did Not Resist The CrossJesus went to the cross willingly. After Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, He was first taken to the house of Annas and questioned. Annas was hoping to prove that Jesus and His disciples were against Rome and therefore, Jesus could be put to death by the Romans for sedition. Of course, neither Jesus nor His disciples were against Rome.

Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him.  And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year. (John 18:12-13) (nkjv)

Jesus Must Die! The Sanhedrin Made Their Decision    

Sanhedrin: 70 men, plus the high priest and including the chief priests, scribes and elders.

Then the members of the Sanhedrin assembled before Caiaphas in the middle of the night, and when Jesus confessed that He was the Christ, they were outraged and accused Him of blasphemy. They knew oh so well this would lead to His certain death. They met early the next morning to announce their verdict.

    And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, “Do You answer nothing?  What is it these men testify against You?”  But He kept silent and answered nothing.

   Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”

Jesus said,  “I am.  And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”  Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “What further need do we have of witnesses?  You have heard the blasphemy!  What do you think?”

    And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.  (Mark 14:60-64) (nkjv)

Pontius Pilate

Enter Pontius Pilate, 

Roman governor (prefect) of Judaea, under emperor Tiberius in the 1st century. All four Gospels portray Pilate as weak. He was an indecisive and compromising man so he was easily dominated by the members of the Sanhedrin, as well as the mob like crowd. However, he did offer the crowd to let either Jesus or Barabbas go free.

 

They Chose Barabbas

Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished.  And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you?  Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?”  For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy.  (Matthew 27:15-18) (nkjv)

The crowd roared that they wanted Barabbas released. But why in the  world would they want Barabbas, a murderer and a notorious prisoner released? The answers always can be found in scripture.

    But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. (Matthew 27:20) (nkjv)

Pilate had Jesus scourged (life-threatening punishment inflicted with a leather whip, knotted with metal and bone) They put a crown of thorns on His head, they hit Him and spat on Him. They mocked Him and humiliated Him. Pilate took Jesus out to the crowd and stated again he found no fault in Him.

Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”

Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find not fault in Him.”

The Jews answered him, “We have a law and according to our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God.”  (John 19:6-7)

He Chose the Way of the Cross

Jesus did not resist. He could have called legions of angels to come to His aid but He chose the way of the cross. He could have done miraculous acts to escape the cross but He chose the way of the cross and showed God’s great agape love for us.  God the Father had a plan of salvation for everyone who would believe on His son Jesus Christ. Jesus paid the price for us. He took our sins upon His shoulders that day on the cross. So it wasn’t just the Sanhedrin or the crowds who were the reason Jesus went to the cross. We are all sinners, so Jesus went to the cross for all of us. He interceded on our behalf. Thank you, Jesus!

Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior

If we do not believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, our sins are still on our shoulders and we will be accountable for them before a Righteous and Holy God. Please consider carefully what Jesus has done for you on the cross. Then simply humble yourself and ask Jesus to be Lord and Savior over your life, and repent of your sins. The perfect time to do so is now. He will never let you down. He will be with you always, no matter what.

Jesus reigns now and forevermore,

Lynn DrewForgiven