I was deeply disheartened this week to hear that another “Mainline Denomination” has decided to “redefine” marriage. Have we forgotten who defined marriage in the first place?
Listen to what God’s Word says: “Then the Lord God made the rib He had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man. And the man said: ‘This one, at last, is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; this one will be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken from man.’ This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh.”(Genesis 2:22-24). Both Matthew and Mark record Jesus, the Son of God, quoting this passage—Matthew 19:5, Mark 10:7-8. Who “defined” marriage in the first place? We who are church leaders had better be careful when we start correcting God!
This is not the first time man has decided to correct God! Scientists have so pounded their “theory” of evolution into us that even those who boast of great intelligence in our education system have bought into it! The whole premise of evolution is to remove God from the picture so that man can soothe his conscience and not be accountable for his sin! It remains a “theory” with unsubstantial proof over against the Word of God which has stood as the foundation of truth for more than 3000 years!
And our courts are constantly in the process of trying to determine when a “fetus” actually becomes a “human being,” so that they can determine the “legality” of aborting precious babies. Another cover up for our sin! Man is constantly wanting to “play” God!
Does this surprise God? GOD KNOWS! He knew before he ever created this world—and us! He knew that man would make the wrong choices. He knew that man would try to be gods—and He had to choose Noah and send the flood. He knew the Israelites would turn from Him after He had so graciously led them into the Promised Land—so He called Moses and gave the Law. He knew that man would not be able to keep the Law (The Ten Commandments)—just look at what we are doing to them these days—so, He sent His Son! God knows you! God knows me! He knows our sinful nature!
That’s why we have Easter! A better designation is Resurrection Day! “But now He (Jesus) has appeared one time at the end of the ages, for the removal of sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” (Hebrews 9:26). God knew before the foundation of this world that His Son, Jesus, would have to go to the cross in our place. “He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the times for you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.” (1 Peter 1:20-21). The cross and resurrection were not afterthoughts with God. He was prepared! God wanted more for us than just this temporary life! He wanted to give us eternal life! Jesus was the only Way!
So, Jesus came for the very purpose to die for your sins and mine! Because our sins had to be punished or we would forever be under the guilt of our sin! There was only one way for our sins to be removed—THE CROSS! But that was not the end! In three days came RESURRECTION DAY! Don’t miss celebrating Easter!
We will have a 5th Sunday Singing on Sunday, March 29th at 6:00 p.m. We will have some guests come in to sing as well as some of our own church family. Join us!
On Thursday, April 2nd, we will have a “Maundy Thursday” service at the church at 6:30 p.m. In case you are not familiar with this, this is the Thursday before Jesus’ crucifixion. It was on that night that Jesus ate His last Passover meal with His disciples and instituted The Lord’s Supper for us—to remember what He did for us. That’s what we will do!
Sunday, April 5th is Resurrection Sunday. We will begin the day with our annual Sunrise Service at 7:00 a.m. It was early that Morning that Jesus rose from the dead.
And, at 10:40 a.m., we will worship and celebrate together through music and the Word that our crucified Savior is also our risen Lord! I hope you will be a part these events.
SEE YOU IN SUNDAY SCHOOL!