Warped, Curved, and Twisted

Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!” Acts 2:40 NLT

The apostle Peter was preaching this sermon to the early church urging then to turn to God and to save themselves from this crooked generation. The generation he was preaching to had rejected Jesus as the son of God and then had him crucified. Peter’s argument was that Jesus rose again proving once and for all that He is Lord and worth serving. There were 3000 who accepted this invitation becoming new in Jesus and baptized into his family.

The word crooked can also be translated as warped, curved, or twisted. We live in a generation toady that in many ways is still warped, curved, or twisted in their perspective of Jesus. Now more than ever before believers need to be bold, embrace Jesus as savior, be obedient in baptism, and strongly urge anyone who will listen to do them same.

God, thank you for providing a way of salvation through Jesus. Help believers everywhere be bold enough to reach out to a generation that desperately need to hear the truth. Amen

Craziness!

Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. Galatians 3:3 (MSG)

Paul is beside himself because God’s people know that they have been saved through faith in Jesus. However, they are defaulting back to “a work to maintain” mentality. He is desperately trying to remind them that it’s crazy to think that they or anyone could be “good enough” by their own efforts to earn God’s salvation.

There is something inside everyone that makes us feel as though we must work to earn God’s approval. We so easily default back to what we think we need to be doing. We must never forget that salvation is a free gift that cannot be earned. God loves us and knows that we are imperfect on our own. However, through Jesus we can become right before a perfect God free of any guilt from our past.

God, help everyone remember today that it is craziness to think that we can do life on our own. You have provided a way for all of mankind to be in a growing relationship with You through Jesus. Thanks God!

It’s good to be home

Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. 1 Peter 3:18 NLT

When Peter wrote this letter to the early church they were facing severe persecution for their faith in Jesus. Some were being imprisoned and others burnt alive. He reminded them during their suffering that Jesus was the perfect and sinless sacrifice for the sins of the world. He willing came to this earth and suffered to bring us back home to God the father. Because of this fact, they can face any trial knowing that have salvation a future home with God.

The same is true with us. It only took Jesus dying once and then the resurrection to make a way for all who put their faith in Him to be saved. This means that we are all saved by grace and no “good works” are necessary for our salvation. It also means that whatever trial we face, we are not alone, we are at home with the father.

God, thank you for sending your son. Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice. It’s good to be home.

Actually Alive!

3 During the forty days after he suffered and died, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God. Acts 1:3 NLT

After Jesus rose form the dead, He made His appearance to prove that He did indeed come back to life and was alive. He used this time to tell the apostles more about God’s kingdom and to instruct them on spreading the good news. The news of His resurrection and those who witnessed it was the very thing that drove the early church to spread the gospel no matter what the cost.

We should all be grateful for the resurrection of Jesus as it is the foundation of Christianity. It’s not just good news but it’s the best news that Jesus is alive! Jesus not only fulfilled prophecy when He rose again but also gave us hope for our time on earth and eternity with Him after this life is over. The church exists today because of the resurrection of Jesus.

God, thank you for Jesus! Thank you for the purpose and hope we find in the resurrection of your son. May we never take our salvation for granted but always be grateful doing our part to share the gospel of Jesus.