They couldn’t believe it was him. As the news story unfolded, the Pastor realised the latest paedophile pastor was a man they knew from Bible college.
“He seemed so strong in the faith!” they exclaimed to each other. They’d have never thought that this could be true.
With men like this around, it’s no wonder people question if Christ is real. Surely if he was real, he wouldn’t have such awful followers. Doesn’t this disprove Christianity?
When you consider the cross was a method of brutal punishment, it’s surprising Christians make such a big deal of it. I mean isn’t it a bit of an embarrassment that our leader was crucified?
Here are two reasons why the death of Jesus is important to Christians:
Christ offers an amazing gift, everlasting joy. It’s a gift too good to turn down.
But are we good enough to receive this gift? Surely there’s something you must do to be acceptable to Christ, right?
Are you worshipping a god other than the God of the Bible? So did the Israelites. In Amos 3:11-15 God tells them what the result of that decision is:
God will destroy
God constantly says “I will” (v13-14). He will punish you. You can’t run from him, you can’t withstand his power, you can’t defeat him. Choose to go against him and your destined to defeat.
God will destroy your strongholds
The Israelites felt strong in their land and defences, and God destroyed these things (v11). Modern people rest in the security of their home, wealth and job. Yet we all know these can disappear far too easily and they will definitely disappear on the day of judgement.
God will destroy all you love
Yahweh destroyed what the Israelites loved. He destroyed their places of worship (v14) and he destroyed their material possessions (v13, 15). All you enjoy on Earth is destined for destruction, your false gods and all your possessions.
God will accept Jesus in your place
How can you escape this fate? Trust in Jesus.
Jesus was punished on a cross in place of all who trust in him. If you trust him your punishment will fall on him. He offers freedom from punishment for nothing. Not only that, he gives you eternal perfect life with him. What a deal!
Trust in your gods and everything you love will be destroyed.
Trust in Jesus and everything you need will be yours.
It’s got to be the easiest decision you’ve ever made.
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May I draw you’re attention to a website: http://www.sermoncloud.com/qccu/. It contains talks from Why God Week, a week of talks that my Christian Union put on for people who aren’t Christians. If you’re not a Christian these talks may be a great place to start.