We must never forget at what great a price our salvation comes. The
sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ is a gift to mankind that should be
thought upon often. The Lord loved humanity so greatly that in order to
save them from their sins, He willingly took upon Himself the sins of all
the world for all time and died so that we might be justified and live
eternally through His shed blood. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:22 without
the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. He shed His Blood
taking upon Himself our sins and dying in our stead so that in the fullness
of time we who trust in His sacrifice will be made righteous before God the
Father. The Lord Jesus Christ was beaten, ridiculed, mocked and crucified
on a cross left to die between two thieves. (Galatians 4:3-7) (John 19:1-6)
The Creator was crucified by His creation so that He may redeem us from our
sins and save us from an eternity in hell. The Love that Jesus showed on
the Cross of Calvary can never be fully understood, yet thankfully exists
and is offered to everyone who simply calls upon His Name. (Ephesians 1:3-14)
I hope this message ministers to your heart and encourages you to trust for
yourself the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
THE ADOPTED LAMBS
The beautiful, green hills of New Zealand, a country known for its sheep
industry, are dotted everywhere with white sheep. During the yearly lambing
season, thousands of baby lambs are born. Unfortunately, some lambs die at
birth. Many mother sheep are also lost during lambing season; they die
In an attempt to save the orphaned lambs, the shepherds match baby lambs
that have lost their mothers with mother sheep who have lost their lambs.
It's not as easy as it sounds, though, since a mother sheep won't accept a
lamb and nurse it unless it is her own.
How, then, do shepherds get a mother sheep to accept an orphaned lamb as
her own? The process is as old as shepherding itself. The mother's own
lamb, which has died, is skinned, and the skin of the dead lamb is draped
over the living lamb as it is placed by the adoptive mother's side. The
mother sheep then smells the skin and blood and accepts the orphaned lamb
as her own.
Lambing season in New Zealand reminds us of what was done for us on a cross
two thousand years ago. When the Apostle John wrote of being saved by "the
blood of the Lamb," it was in terms that people in agrarian societies
vividly understood. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians, "But now in
Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the
Blood of Christ. For He... has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of
Because of Christ's blood, God accepts us as His own. Once we were orphans,
but now we are God's adopted children.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 Corinthians 11:24-26 "And when He had given thanks, He broke it and said,
"This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, "This cup is
the new covenant between God and you, sealed by the shedding of my blood.
Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it." For every time you
eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord's death
until he comes again."
Romans 8:14-16 "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the
sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear;
but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the
children of God."
Revelation 12:10-11 "And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is
come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of
his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused
them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of
the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their
lives unto the death."
1 John 1:5-7 "This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and
declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If
we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and
do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we
have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son
cleanseth us from all sin."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: HAVE FAITH IN GOD
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Today's Selected Testimony: MY TESTIMONY OF GRACE
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry