God gifted us with Jesus if we believe we will never be alone. This means we believe in Jesus' life, his death, and his resurrection. This also means we believe in God's eternal calendar.
Jesus took my death, (and your death if you believe) when he himself died. Some two thousand years ago, he took my sins on as his own. Isn't that a difficult thought? How in the world could that happen? I don't know. Except that I believe he did it.
It's not my job to wonder how it was done. All I have to do is believe he did it. He took those nails that should be on my hands, that whipping that was beyond horror, that suffering that is incomprehensible, and he took my death at His expense, His life.
If that wasn't enough love, God then resurrected Jesus, and gave us the Holy Spirit, to ensure we are never alone, not for a single breath of life are we alone, no matter where in this world we are, He is with us.
John 3:16 is salvation in its purest description.
Looking at the news this week with the turmoil in Egypt and in China, with landmark blizzards week after week in the U.S. (yesterday's blizzard stretching som e 2,000 miles (unbelievable) and hurricanes in Australia. Then we have our country's growing unrest with our own government's behavior. These issues push me to think more in-depth about my faith journey, and how can I help others before judgment comes to earth.
There seems to be more and more urgency about weather, global civility, hunger and homelessness, illness, economic collapse, many things we used to talk about as possibilities are being played out before our eyes.
But, no matter how hard we try to escape Him, none of us can escape God's all-seeing eye. And yet, it's our all-seeing God who is the only one who can give us real peace and hope, and that is found only through Jesus Christ.
Even when things seem dark, as they surely appear grim this week, a light comes from God's grace that illuminates the deepest darkness.
That light is seen in the love gestures that are all around us, if we but look closely for them. Look through the rush of things and see a smile, a nod of understanding, sunlight through a window, freshly laundered clothes. There are so many points of light around us; blessings from God, examples of His presence.
We don't know the hour or day, but one day Jesus Christ is coming back again to take us to be with Him forever. The Scriptures clearly tell us how we should live each day as we wait for His coming.
Our citizenship is not on earth, but in heaven. And, we look forward to seeing our Savior who is from there.
I don't remember where I found this, but it help me remember why I'm a Christian:
GRACE = God's Riches at Christ's Expense.
Let's claim Romans 5:8 today, "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Bonnie Donnelly is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Marietta. Thoughts of Faith is a weekly column written by various ministers and lay people. Those interested in scheduling a date for writing a Thoughts of Faith column should contact Christy Hudson at 376-5446 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if a Thoughts of Faith column is written at the writer's convenience and sent to The Times, it will run the first available date.