Then Jesus said to his disciples,
"If anyone would come after me, he must first deny himself and
take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life
will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
( Matt. 16:24 )
Did He or Didn't He?
One night in a church service a young woman felt the
tug of God at her heart. She responded to God's call
and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. The
young woman had a very rough past, involving
But, the change in her was evident.
As time went on she became a faithful member
of the church. She eventually became involved in
the ministry, teaching young children.
It was not very long until this faithful young woman
had caught the eye and heart of the pastor's son.
The relationship grew and they began to
make wedding plans.
This is when the problems began. You see, about one
half of the church did not think that a woman with
a past such as hers was suitable for a
The church began to argue and fight about the matter.
So they decided to have a meeting. As the people made
their arguments and tensions increased, the meeting
was getting completely out of hand.
The young woman became very upset about all the
things being brought up about her past. As she began
to cry the pastor's son stood to speak. He
could not bear the pain it was causing his wife-to-be.
He began to speak and his statement was this: "My
fiancée's past is not what is on trial here. What you
are questioning is the ability of the blood of Jesus to
wash away sin. Today you have put the blood of Jesus
on trial. So, does it wash away sin or not?"
The whole church began to weep as they realized that
they had been slandering the blood of the Lord Jesus
Christ. Too often, even as Christians, we bring up
the past and use it as a weapon against our
brothers and sisters.
Forgiveness is a very foundational part of the Gospel
of our Lord Jesus Christ. If the blood of Jesus does
not cleanse the other person completely then it cannot
cleanse us completely. If that is the case,
then we are all in a lot of trouble.
What can wash away my sins?...
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
End of case!!!!
"Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain
thee He shall never suffer the righteous to be
moved." Psalm 55:23
Father, I ask you to bless my friends, relatives
and e-mail buddies reading this right now. Show
them a new revelation of Your love and power.
Holy spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at
this very moment.
Where there is pain, give them Your peace and
mercy. Where there is self doubt, release a renewed
confidence through Your grace. In
Jesus' precious name I pray.
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