the cross. “He himself is the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 2:2 NKJV) When I think of Jesus I cannot help but think of him in the garden praying, “And being in agony, he prayed more earnestly. And his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (Luke 22:44 NKJV) He “offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to him who was able to save him from death, and was heard because of his godly fear.” (Heb. 5:7 NKJV) What more could one ask of an elder brother in giving himself to save his younger brother? Greater love has no man than this.
The family of God is the greatest family any man or woman can ever have. Likely if it is not what it ought to be the reason is you or me, we are not the children we ought to be. We know the Father is the best and the older son wonderful but how are we as children – rebellious or loving and faithful? The church can always be made better, made better as you and I make our lives better and become more like our elder brother. How Christ like are we?
I end with this final thought. We have often sorrowed in our lives as our earthly family has been struck down by death. The family of God is not torn asunder by death. It is a family that will always be ours unless we leave it. When we die as a Christian we just go on where other family members have already gone and are reunited with them. How wonderful that will be to be reunited with those we have loved in the past and who loved us and are now waiting on us.
But bear in mind the promise we have is only to those in God’s family. Everyone today seems to think they are in God’s family regardless of doctrine or practice. The Bible does not teach that every sincere person is going to be saved. There is a way to be born into the family of God so study your Bible and compare what you did to become a Christian, a child of God, with what they did in the first century. Read Acts 2 as that is the day the family of God, the church, was established (a topic for another time). Do as they did and you will be on safe grounds in the family of God.
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