The world today needs the cross of Jesus Christ just as the days of the past. ‘Today is the day of salvation” not tomorrow. Today. We as Christians have the most urgent message for people; men, women, children, and their families to get our of their condemnation of sin through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.
Today is not the day to cease. Today is the day of salvation…
“And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:21-22 (KJV)
Christian as we look at the above verses we see the early Christian and their leaders never ceased preaching. They just moved on. They moved on to other places, and sometimes they may have stayed where they were.
We read of Paul (who had been Saul who hated the gospel of Christ) being stoned, and they supposed to death, and drug out of the city (14:19-20). Then, Paul got up and went to another city. Why did he go to another city? To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. O for the passion of Paul for Jesus and His love.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s love for us on display at the cross where Jesus bled and died for our sins. He was buried in a tomb, and three days later arose from that grave alive.
Nothing real good comes without a price. We are bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23). It cost me nothing. It cost you nothing. God paid the price for you; because we do not have the price to pay. The price for sin is death, and if we were to pay our own sin debt through death, then there would be no eternity except Hell’s fire.
As a Christian today we are called to live the gospel, spread the gospel, share the gospel, preach the gospel. Where? Wherever we may be. What ever we may be doing.
Notice Luke’s words in the verses… “exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” No one; not even Jesus ever said that the Christian life would be easy, but we are told “Through much tribulation…” “In the world you will have tribulation”; and “Yea all who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (John 16:33; 2 Timothy 3:12).
Just as with the early Church, so too in the Church today, where there is trial, persecution, or tribulation because of the cross of Jesus Christ God will be blessing and increasing the kingdom
On this Valentine’s Day start it off right by loving the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength; because that is how He loves you.