A SUBSTITUTE

Several years ago I needed to find a coffee “substitute.” Caffeine was causing me various issues and I needed to reduce my intake of it. So, I started looking for something that could “take it’s place.”

I found Postum! I enjoyed that drink sooo much, well, that is until it disappeared off the shelves. In every way Postum made me feel like I was having a good cup of coffee. Its texture, taste, and aroma all made me feel like I wasn’t missing anything by not actually drinking coffee. It was great while it lasted!

Part of the salvific work of Jesus in being our sin-bearer, was that of being our substitute. A SUBSTITUTE is one that takes the place of another. That is what Jesus became for us!

Unlike Postum which only satisfies temporarily, The substitutionary work of Jesus Christ brings results that satisfy eternally.

Because of Jesus believer’s have “become dead to sin and alive to righteousness” (1Peter 2:24). God is NOW for us and not against us (Romans 8:31). These are only two of many benefits believers receive when they trust Him as their substitute!

No one else can be such a substitute for us. God had placed that work on Christ alone. Jesus, in all ways, met and settled, for all time, the charges God had against sinners. Because Of Jesus we can have peace with God!

Friend, you don’t have to pay the debt you owe for your sins. Jesus paid it for you! Turn to Him in repentant faith and you will find His forgiveness.

THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION

Matthew 16:13–16 :”Now when* Jesus came to the region of Caesarea ⌊Philippi⌋, he began asking* his disciples, saying, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, ⌊Some⌋ say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

As we read through these verses we notice that there are two questions that Jesus asks the disciples. First, who do the people say I am? And second, who do you say that I am? Both are serious questions, but ONLY one truly matters!

It can be helpful to “guage” the crowd or take a survey to find out what the most popular opinion is at any given time, but that’s just it: times change and so do our opinions. The “survey says,” (that’s a popular line from the old Family Feud show) that Jesus was everything other than who He was!

“There was a wide range of opinions on who Jesus was. Some of them were very clearly ill-informed. Which one of these answers is obviously false? Why? Jesus clearly could not have been John the Baptist since their lives overlapped and they were born just a few months apart and had actually seen each other face to face on at least one occasion. But all of the opinions had one thing in common. Everyone believed Jesus was somebody special and not just an ordinary man.”

That may seem to be an encouraging answer, “He’s special, certainly not ordinary,” but it really isn’t. Many people believe Jesus was a great man, good teacher, and wonderful example, but such beliefs will not find them enjoying peace with God and life everlasting!

The answer to Jesus’second question is the one that counts. “Who do YOU say That I am?  This question is personal and direct. Opinion polls do not matter. Surveys have no place here.  Who do you say Jesus is dear friend?

Matthew 16:16–18 :”16 And Simon Peter answered and* said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!” 17 And Jesus answered and* said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this* to you, but my Father who is in heaven. “

Simon got it right! Do you notice how different his answer is compared to the majority opinion? Simon understood Jesus to be the Messiah: the rescuer; the redeemer! BUT, Simon could never of came to that truth claim without the help of God the Father.

Neither can we. Neither can YOU! Friends, you will be truly blessed when God reveals who Christ is to you. When you finally come to that place where you know absolutely who Jesus is (as Peter did), and receive Him by faith, your life, your destiny will be forever changed!

You will become a “new creation in Christ Jesus.” His just condemnation will be removed from you. And you will become an heir of the grace of God in Christ!

And, you will truly understand just how “special” He really is! Please, look unto Him and llive.GOSPEL

PRESUMPTION

Indiana Truck Driver Injured After Collision with Bull

I saw this report in our local news and found it to be very interesting in a few ways.

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Indiana State News By Evan Green

“A semi truck driver in Indiana was reportedly injured after his vehicle collided with a bull in the road.

The incident occured in Wayne County, and deputies were called to respond after the semi was reported to be overturned.

The driver of the vehicle reportedly did not see the bull that was in the road until he collided with it, which resulted in the vehicle overturning into a ditch.

The bull was killed during the incident, and while it was reported that the driver was injured, his current condition has not been made public.”

While I am sorry for the bull, I am thankful that the driver survived and is on his way to recovery. So here are some things that stood out to me in this story.

First of all, I bet he never in a million years would have thought that he was going to run into a bull and overturn his tractor trailer that day. When you think about it, we often begin our days presuming they will go according to our plans.

13 “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:13-14).

Second, how could something much smaller than his rig do so much damage? We really shouldn’t be surprised at this. We have all experienced the major train wreck of sin in our lives, and yet, we walked into it thinking it was no big deal!

” The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it” (Proverbs 27:12).

“O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you” (Psalm 65:9).

A story like this one reminds me to be looking to Christ daily, thankful for His kindness in providing me another day to participate in. It also reminds me to be diligent in using the means of grace that He provided (prayer, Bible reading, communion, and baptism), so that I will be encouraged and strengthened for tomorrow, even if I have an unexpected run in with a bull!