Dear Bethel Family,
Happy March! This is the month when Spring supposedly arrives. I know we still have quite a few rainy, and gray days until we enjoy warmer weather, but I do see evidence of new life beginning to show through plants and trees. God is a magnificent creator! As believers who enjoy a personal relationship with Him we enjoy new life also. It's all because of what He did on the cross for us. This morning He invites us to His table to remember and reflect on His crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection. Because of His sacrifice for us we enjoy fellowship with Him. It's important that we don't let sin interfere with that love relationship. So many ungodly and unholy activities compete with our love for Him that it's easy to get discouraged. I am so thankful that He never gives up on us and that His love for us is unconditional. Our salvation is a wonderful gift that should never be taken for granted. It's priceless and given lovingly by our Lord to all who would repent of their sins and trust Him as Savior. As we focus in on Him this morning lets come together in holy worship because He is worthy of our praise and adoration.
We remember that Jesus came as the suffering Savior because our world suffers. We need Him because He can understand our trials, our agonies, and pains. He understands what we endure. Remember, He was betrayed by Judas, deserted by the disciples, tortured and killed by the religious leaders, and forsaken by God as He hung on the cross paying the penalty for our sins. His death was the greatest act and event of His entire life. Jesus was born to die. Death did not end the work of Christ – death was the work of Christ because through it He atoned for our sins. I can think of three things that made this atonement necessary. Our sin, God's justice and holiness, and God's love. When you think today of Christ's suffering and death, remember one thing: He came to die in your place. That's the love He has for you and I. May we commit our lives to Him, determined to live in such a way that others will see the Savior in us. Thank Him daily for your salvation.
Solus Christus, “In Christ alone!”
Have a blessed week.
“To grieve over sin is one thing, to repent is another.”
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