You Belong to Jesus!


For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son – both alike belong to me.
(Ezekiel 18:4)

Did you know that you belong to Jesus? Yes! It does not matter where you live or have lived, or whether you are rich or poor. It does not matter if you are big or small, Black or White, Oriental or American Indian. It does not matter if you are a child or an adult, a man or a woman, single or married – You belong to Jesus!

Because God loves all people so much, he sent his Son to pay the price for sin… your sin – my sin – everyone’s sin. When Jesus died on the cross he declared us all forgiven! The prophet Isaiah tells us in chapter 1:18, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall  be like wool.”

Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection from the dead on Easter morning proclaims to us that we are his. It tells us that we will never die. Through his sacrifice he saved us from sin, death and the devil. Jesus has won salvation for us.

But in order for us to experience God’s gift of eternal life in heaven, we need to believe in Jesus as our only Savior from sin. This is where God gives us more good news. He inspired the apostle Paul to write; For it is by grace you have been saved , through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8,9)

What beautiful words. They tell us that God not only saved us through Jesus, but also that he gives us the faith we need to believe in Jesus. God does it all for us! We are saved by grace alone through faith alone! We don’t have to do anything to receive God’s gift of salvation! As a matter of fact, we are unable to do anything. As humans we often get confused about this fact and think that we must actively accept Jesus into our hearts in order to be saved.

People have this misguided idea because our sinful nature tells us we can come to God. But God tells us in Ephesians 2:1; As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins. We are born into this world spiritually dead. A dead person is unable to do anything for himself. Our sinful human nature keeps us from believing in Jesus on our own. We are unable to come to God without his help.

So how do we come to believe in Jesus then? Where does faith in Jesus come from? Romans 10:17 tells us; Faith comes from hearing the message and the message is heard through the word of Christ. The “message” is the Gospel. The word “Gospel” means “Good News”. The gospel is the good news that all people have been declared not guilty because of Jesus’ perfect life and innocent suffering and death. He lived a perfect life in our our place. He took the punishment we deserved upon himself when he died on the cross, and he gave us his holiness. This is what we call “God’s Great Exchange”.

You and I don’t have to accept Jesus into our hearts; he is already there when we hear about him. Through the message of the Gospel, he creates faith in our hearts. Faith does not come from us. It comes from God. It is his gift to us. It attaches us to him and allows everything Jesus accomplished  for us in his life, death and resurrection to become ours as well.

God loves you. He bought you back from sin, death and the devil. He has made you his own precious child. He wants you to know that. He wants you to continue to grow in your knowledge of that “good news”. Faith is like a green plant. If we don’t feed it and water it with God’s word on a regualr basis it will shrivel up and die.

My faith is precious to me. It’s what keeps me connected to Jesus. It is important that I take the time to read my Bible every day. It is important that I go to church and Bible class on Sunday morning. It is the reason I want my children and grandchildren to be baptized, and see that they go to church and Sunday school. I want them to be God’s precious children too. I want them to grow close to their Savior and know his unconditional love. I want them to experience the joy of having a personal relationship with him, and freedom from sin and the fear of death. Like me, I want them to hear the most wonderful news anyone can hear.YOU BELONG TO JESUS!

Feel free to email me with any questions or comments at grandmapoz@yahoo.com

By Kristeen – To God be the Glory!

Where is Heaven?


looking up to heaven

Where is Heaven?

But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God”. (Acts 7: 55, 56)
The universe in which God has placed us, consists of three dimensions of time (past, present, & future) and three dimensions of space (height, depth, & width). Everything in our physical universe is made up of three in one structures reflecting the presence of the Triune God at creation.

Helix Nebula or Eye of God (NGC 7293)

Helix Nebula or Eye of God (NCG 7293)

Because we were created by God to live in a three dimensional world it is difficult for us to conceive life in another dimension. Do you sometimes wonder where heaven is? God does not specifically tell us. The Bible often refers to the heavens as being above us and hell beneath us. That makes sense to us because when we look up to the “heavens” we see beauty and when we dig down below the soil we find black dirt, mud and clay.
Have you ever stopped to think that heaven is maybe right beside you or all around you – that if you had the power to see it, you could just step into it and be in a different world? Maybe that idea is not so far from wrong.
Do you know the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus? On this particular day after Jesus death and resurrection, two of his disciples were walking together on the way to the village of Emmaus. As they were walking and discussing all that had happened, Jesus came up and walked beside them, but they were kept from recognizing him (Luke 24:16). He walked all the way to their destination with them, but they did not know it was Jesus until they sat down to eat together. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight (Luke 24:30, 31)

Discussions on the Road to Emmaus

The road to Emmaus

Do you remember how on the first Easter morning Jesus met Mary Magdala at his empty tomb? She saw him but thought he was the gardener. She did not recognize him until he said her name “Mary”. She cried out “Rabonni” which means “teacher” (John 20: 16). Then in verse 17 Jesus said to her, do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell

Mary and Jesus at the empty tomb

“Mary”

them, I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.

Do you remember how the angels appeared to the shepherds the night Jesus was born? In Luke 2:9 we read, An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them… and then in verse 13… Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.

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And there is the story of Elisha when the king of Aram in a rage surrounded the city of Dothan to take him captive because Elisha had warned the King of Israel of the King of Aram’s presence time and time again, saving Israel from his hands. When Elisha’s servant went out early in the morning and saw that they were surrounded by the king of Aram and all his chariots and horsemen, he was terrified. He said to Elisha, Oh my lord, what shall we do? Elisha answered, don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them. Elisha prayed; O Lord, open his eyes so he may see. Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. ( 2Kings 6:15-17)
Often times, we ask the same question when we see or sense seemingly ...

“Lord open his eyes”

There are many, many more instances in the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments where God reveals to us that He Himself and His holy angels were all around His people and they still are around us today. They are right by our side every step we take. We are just not permitted to see them in our human state.
I will never forget the story told me by my mother after the death of my nephew. He was 2 years old and dying of cancer. The family took turns staying with him to give his parents a break. Mom was with him at the end. She bent over him to talk to him and he reached out his hands to touch her face saying, “sunshine”. Did he, like Stephen see heaven at that point? We will never know for sure in this life, but it is a very definite possibiltiy that he did. It is also possible that he was seeing the angels preparing to carry him over the threshold from this life to the next.
Heaven is not some far distant and difficult to reach place. Heaven is all around us. It is another dimension which we cannot see with our human eyes. We are surrounded by it everyday and on the day when God calls each of us home, he will open our eyes so that we will be able to see it. It will be like putting on 3D glasses at the movie theater. We will not just feel like we are are part of the picture (as in the movie theater). We will actually be there. We will see for ourselves the glory of God, and the mansions Jesus has prepared for all who love Him and are connected to Him by faith.
I know a man in Christ who…was caught up to the third heaven.I know that this man…was caught up to paradise. (2Corinthians 12: 2-4)

Gloria Dei!

By Christine