Everybody asks questions: Why, what, where, when, how, who?
Why did it happen?
What caused it to happen?
Where will it all end?
When will it get better?
Will it get better?
How can we sort this mess out?
Who can help us?
Who can save us?
I have a question for you – HOW LONG HAVE YOU GOT?-How long have you got left on this earth?
As we came to the end of last year I heard So many people say – “don’t know where this year has gone – it’s gone so fast”
How many more birthdays or anniversaries will you celebrate? The answer is no one knows!
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church and said ‘Time is short’ (1 Cor 7:29)
All around us people loose their lives, seemingly unexpectedly and in untimely fashion. Just a few days ago 162 people boarded a flight to Singapore. The people on board had just celebrated Christmas. Maybe travelling home, travelling to see loved ones for the New Year but within an hour from take off the plane had disappeared from the radar. We now know a tragic accident happened – the 162 seem to have lost their lives. When they boarded flight they were talking, joking, eating, drinking, yet sadly they didn’t reach their destination.
The same day a ferry caught fire – several people on the ferry lost their lives – others were rescued. They waited and looked for the rescues boats and helicopter to lift them to safety. There was only one way to be saved from the flames on the ferry – to be lifted off, either onto a boat or a helicopter.
People on the ferry were looking for help, they were looking for a saviour. May that’s what you’re looking for? You are tired of living with guilt and shame, tired of being lonely, troubled, insecure. Well there is good news! God can give you hope! There is only one Saviour and His name is JESUS! The bible says “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”
You may not see your need of being rescued, – but the bible says ‘All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” “all we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned to our own way..” “there is none righteous no not one”
None of us have lived as God intended – our sin, our selfishness, our rebellion and rejection of God in our lives puts us in a perilous position – separation from God for eternity: “ For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom 6:23) Some people try to save themselves through religion and doing good deeds. We cannot save ourselves – “ For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph 2:8-9)
People prepare for journeys in this life – but not for eternity. The bible says “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement” (Heb 9:11) and that “every one of us shall give an account of himself to God”
At the start of this new year – do you know where you are going? You may not know how long you have left of this earthly life but you can be sure of heaven as a destination if you are willing to accept Christ into your life.That’s the good news of the gospel – you can enter this coming New Year with a transformed life, a life transformed by Jesus Christ.
The bible promises “whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved”
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: Old things have passed away, behold all things become new” At Christmas we exchanged gifts – On the cross Jesus exchanged his life to take the punishment you and I deserve – he offers us forgiveness and eternal life – peace hope, joy!
“ For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotton Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John3:16)
How do we receive this gift?
By doing three things:
1) Repent of your sin – “ repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins maybe blotted out” That means changing the direction of our lives and going God’s way instead of our own.
2) Believe – we must believe in Jesus Christ as our RISEN Saviour “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, shall live” (John 11:25)
3) Confess – Jesus Christ as Lord – “ if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead you shall be saved”
There is something like a too late! The bible says “NOW is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor 6:2)
How long have you got? I don’t know – you don’t know. Don’t enter this new year the same – why not pray this prayer now and trust Jesus to change your life:
Lord Jesus Christ, I come to you because I am a sinner, I am sorry for my sin,I turn from my sin and I turn to you, I believe that you died on the cross for my sin, I believe that you shed you precious blood for me
I believe in my heart that you rose from the dead, I receive you now as my saviour, I confess that you are my Lord and My God, Thank you for saving me, Amen
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