I am a Christian. This should come as no surprise to anyone reading this. I see this title not as a label, or even as a simple classification of my religion. It is a description of the life I strive to lead in dedication and surrender to my Savior, Jesus Christ. Let me be the first to admit that I am not perfect. I miss the mark seemingly every day. But thanks be to God because He is full of grace, love, and mercy. Serving Him brings purpose to my life, peace in my heart, hope to my circumstance, and joy to my soul. The magnitude of this gift is multiplied by the fact that Christ laid His life down for me before I ever had the chance or opportunity to do anything of note for Him.
The hope that His sacrifice brings is one of an eternal life with our creator in Heaven. But the simple truth is that without Christ’s willing sacrifice, any chance I, or any of us, had at this kind of life is lost. It was stolen by sin. Scripture tells us that the wages of sin is death, and that this death is more than just the end of our physical life. It references a complete, total, final, and eternally sentient, spiritual separation from God. We will feel and be aware of truth, and the utter emptiness that is left from refusing to depend on Christ as our Savior. This is the exact opposite of God’s will for us. He created us to worship Him, obey Him, follow Him, and fellowship with Him. In short, we were created to be in relationship with almighty God.
Sin gets in the way of all of this. To demonstrate His great love for us, Christ not only fought the battle with sin, but overcame it on our behalf. It is through His beautiful act of surrender that we can be placed back in right standing with the Lord.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:21: God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Christ purposefully and willingly stepped out of heaven to live a perfect life, all so that I can enjoy the benefits of being called a child of the Living God. I could not earn this on my own, my sin required punishment. But the consequence and punishment for my sin was satisfied through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. The Good News of the gospel is that God loves me so much that He sent His own Son into the world to take my place and die in my stead. The Good News is of the gospel is that my sins are forgiven! But not just my sins…

  • Psalm 103:11-12: For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
  • 1 John 2:2: He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
  • Romans 10:13: Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

These scriptures tell us that the very same forgiveness, grace, mercy, love that I have experienced in my own life is freely available to everyone I interact with each day. It is therefore my responsibility to introduce them to this great Savior and the awesomeness of His sacrifice and love for them. And it is therefore your responsibility to do the same with those you interact with daily as well.
God is calling us to move and act with an increased sense of urgency, one of diligence, and awareness of the dire consequences of not sharing the truth of His love with this world. This Sunday we celebrate the Lord’s Supper and we’re going to discuss the power that resides in Christ’s blood to make us truly clean. I pray that as you finish this week you see those around you as Christ sees them, sheep in need of a shepherd. May you be bold in fulfilling your call to be the King’s Avenue into our community.
 In His Service,
John McRae