by Ken E Murray
Have you ever thought what is really the central theme of Christ’s message?
What was …and still is …the message, that the ever-living Jesus Christ has for You, personally?
Our world desperately needs good news.
Today’s headlines are filled with bad news – Swine Fever killing scores of people in Mexico and spreading internationally; Taliban gaining in their takeover efforts in nuclear armed Pakistan; rising unemployment and deepening world economic crisis; famines, natural disasters, earthquakes, cholera, AIDS and other disease epidemics, and grinding world poverty.
Suffering and bad news is relentless …it’s time we had a break!
So, does Christ’s message carry any future hope …for you?
Well …the good news is that it does, but it is not the typical “turn-off” news you may have heard in the past about Christ.
Most people have heard a message about the life of Jesus …but hardly anyone has actually heard the futuristic message delivered by Jesus.
What was that message, of the real Jesus Christ …for you and me?
Here it is simply given in Christ’s own words:
“Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel (good news) of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15)
Did you catch Christ’s message?
The real Jesus Christ taught:
· we need to understand the good news and begin preparing for the coming Kingdom of God on this earth, when He returns to rule the world, by establishing His Government here on this planet. (Isaiah 9:6-7);
· we need to repent and turn to God with all our heart, mind …be baptised …and become converted, by developing the mind of Christ in our lives, with the gift of His Holy Spirit within us;
· we need to continue faithfully to believe and live by Christ’s good news message of how we should live by God’s right way of life;
· we need salvation, which can only come through Jesus Christ (Act 4:12) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
The message is clear …and the rewards are enormous.
Imagine being a son or daughter of God …and being able to help serve Jesus in His Government on this earth?
This is your destiny.
This is the road to eternal life being a son or daughter of God for eternity.
The real Jesus taught this message and gave His life in place of you and me …so that we might choose to take up the invitation to be in the Family of God.
Many are offered the invitation but few accept the invitation, and do something about it.
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19)
Did you notice that?
God the Father is the Head of the Family of God.
God is a Family.
You too can be part of God’s Family.
“Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons (children) of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as He is pure.” (1John 3:1-3)
Did you realise that?
What is the purpose that God the Father has in mind for you?
What is the purpose of the Gospel of the Kingdom, which was the true message of the real Christ?
Yes! You can be a son or daughter of God …serve in His Kingdom when He establishes His Government on this earth …and live a happy life in His Family for eternity.
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be you separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2Corinthians 6:17-18)
Did you grasp that?
You can be considered by God …as a son or daughter of God …now.
How good is that!
Meantime …keep pumpin’!
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