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Bible Ballistics: BBs #706 Some Things Don’t Change!!!
I really do have a simple word for you today, and yet it is of great import to me and to all who will receive it. I’m departing from our look at Daniel today due to time constraints and some “interruptions” in our daily lives right now. I pray that this word of testimony will be an encouragement and help to you
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday,
and to day,
and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8 Amen!
As most of you know, my daughter was murdered just over a year ago, and our world changed forever! But, my friends, Jesus DID NOT CHANGE! He has walked by our side and lifted us up at every turn. I would like to share a profound event that changed me even more, and while it is a bit morose, I pray that you will hear what my heart is sharing and not be offended by the nature of the story?
Anyone who has ever dealt with police matters knows that they are seldom “speedy” affairs, and so it was several months after the murder that we got the call to come and pick up her things; and while the detective did his best to dissuade me from getting them (because he cared for my welfare, not for any dark reason), I assured him that it was something that I had to do. So, we picked up the box and went home and rested a bit and I prepared myself for what I knew was in that box.
As we opened each individually marked bag of “evidence” my heart broke and the tears came profusely—tears that needed to be shed—and as I pieced the things together and saw the blood-soaked garments and items my heart screamed with grief, but as we got to the bottom of the box, I began to weep with a different thought; and that is what I’d like to leave with you today. As I picked up those garments and wept, I began to pray and praise God, for this is what I thought and said out loud to my husband as I held each one: “My precious daughter was stolen from us and here we sit holding these blood-soaked proofs of her death, and our Dear God—YOU sent Jesus and poured out HIS BLOOD for me—willingly, lovingly, generously for the payment of MY sin! Even as Jesus said, they didn’t “take” HIS life, HE gave it willingly! And you, Father God, poured out the blood of your “Only Begotten Son” for ME! And I must say, I have never looked at the substitutionary, atoning sacrifice of my Savior the same since.
“Therefore doth my Father love me,
because I lay down my life,
that I might take it again.
18 No man taketh it from me,
but I lay it down of myself.
I have power to lay it down,
and I have power to take it again.
This commandment have I received
of my Father.” John 10:17-18
This my friends, is why Jesus came—to lay down HIS life’s blood for YOU and ME! Won’t you receive His gift of life? And if you are HIS already won’t you reconsider the cost that HE paid for you/me! It was on purpose, because of love! Jesus was, is and ever shall be the “Lamb slain before the foundation of the world”! With deliberate LOVE for YOU and Me!
“Ye men of Israel,
hear these words;
Jesus of Nazareth,
a man approved of God
which God did
in the midst of you,
as ye yourselves also know:
by the determinate counsel
ye have taken, and by wicked hands
have crucified and slain:
24 Whom God hath raised up,
having loosed the pains of death:
because it was not possible
that he should be holden of it.” Acts 2:22-24
Jesus loves you! Will you let HIM change and deliver you? He’s ready and waiting! If you hear HIS voice don’t delay.
“For the love of Christ constraineth us;
because we thus judge,
that if one died for all,
then were all dead:
15 And that he died for all,
that they which live
should not henceforth live
but unto him
which died for them,
and rose again.
16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man
after the flesh:
yea, though we have known Christ
after the flesh,
yet now henceforth
know we him no more.
if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature:
old things are passed away;
behold, all things
are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-17
And in closing, Jesus’ own words about the option of believing and receiving or rejecting! It’s your choice but choose wisely—there is a test coming!
“For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world
to condemn the world;
but that the world through him
might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him
is not condemned:
but he that believeth not
is condemned already,
because he hath not believed
in the name
of the only begotten
Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation,
that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness
rather than light,
because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil
hateth the light,
neither cometh to the light,
lest his deeds should be reproved.” John 3:15-20.