Category Archives: Good News

Liberal

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Jesus Christ is liberal, but He is not a liberal.

Jesus Christ is generous.

He said in Deuteronomy 15:11-14, “For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.  And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.   And when thou send him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty:  Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him.”

He counsels us to be as generous as He is.  We are told in Isaiah 32:7-8 that, “The instruments also of the churl (miserly) are evil: he devises wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaks right.  But the liberal devises liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.”

Yet Jesus Christ is not a liberal.

He is neither man-centered nor self-centered in his thinking.  He is not humanistic in His philosophy.  He is not ecumenical in His faith.  He is God the Father-centered in His thinking, philosophy, and faith.  And since God is love  (1 John 4:8), He is others-centered in His work.  He is THE Way, THE Truth, and THE Life; no one comes to the Father but by Him  (John 14:6).  He is the Lamb of God that came to take away the sins of the world  (John 1:29).  He is the only Begotten Son sent by God because He so loved the world to save from eternal death whoever would trust Him (John 3:16).

Jesus Christ is the ultimate in inclusiveness, generous beyond measure with Life and Love. Jesus Christ is the ultimate in exclusiveness;  there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved  (Acts 4:12).

Jesus is liberal, but He is simultaneously too exclusive and too inclusive to be a liberal.

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Being Forgotten

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Shock?  Wounded?  Anger?  Worthless?  Appalled?  How did you fell the last time you were forgotten by someone you love?

How do you suppose Joseph felt being forgotten by his brothers who sold him into slavery in Egypt (Genesis 37) and then forgotten in prison by the chief butler (Genesis 40)?

How do you suppose the Lord feels when He is forgotten by the people He loves so (Psalm 106, Jeremiah 2:31-32, 2 Peter 1:5-9)?

If it helps you to not forget the Lord, remember that He never forgets you!

The Lord in Isaiah 49:15-16a says, “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.  Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands.”

Jesus said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?  But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”  (Luke 12:6-7)

Red Stains

God says to us, “Come now, and let us reason together: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)

The Bible tells us that God sees into the deepest part of our being and that we will someday have to reason with Him and explain ourselves (Hebrews 4:12-13). This is a very fearful proposition because we all know that we 1) are not perfect and 2) have not lived up to even our own standard of behavior, much less God’s.

God loves us too much to leave us hanging – He has a counter-proposition for us. Hebrews 4:14 tells us of a “great high priest that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God.” Jesus alone is a “great” high priest because, whereas some priests may cover our sin, only Jesus can remove it and wash away the stain.

We all have stains that must be removed if we are to go to heaven. Only Jesus Christ can remove them. Will you cry out to Him and cry out for His unique stain removal service?