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Time and Tide by violscraper

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Have you ever heard the expression, “Time and tide wait for no man?”  If you really think about it, it’s quite a profound statement – and so very true.  Simply put, it means that just as we cannot stop the tide from rising, we cannot stop time from advancing – no matter how much we may want to.  Eventually, both will catch up and overtake us.

Let’s say, for example, we’re at the beach, and we decide to see how far we can walk out into the ocean before we can no longer keep our heads above water.  This particular beach actually has low areas as well as high areas of sand bars below the surface of the water, and we’ve actually encountered quite a few on our way out, which is quite a considerable distance.  However, we are totally oblivious to the fact that the tide is now starting to come in, and the water level is rising.  We’re safe for the time being on a high area of sand – but if we try and walk back to the shore, there are areas that are now too deep to keep our heads above water.  Unfortunately, not all of us are good swimmers, and we’re not wearing life jackets.  But thankfully, this scenario has a happy ending because there are life guards at the beach who see our predicament and paddle out on bodyboards with lifesavers attached to rescue us.

Just as the tide is no respecter of persons, and it doesn’t care that you are stranded far out in the ocean and in danger of drowning, time is no respecter of persons, either.  Everybody’s going to die sooner or later (Hebrews 9:27), and none of us knows exactly when that time will be.  Most people think they’re going to live to be old and gray.  But for many, that’s not always the case.

None of us are promised tomorrow.  I’m sure all would agree with this statement.  But how many of us are ready to face what lies beyond death when it finally does catch up with us?  How many reading this know for sure that when death does come knocking on your door, you have a “Life Saver” who is able to rescue you from eternal death?

Just as the tide will not wait for us to get to higher ground if we are trapped in a low-lying area, death will not wait for us if it’s our time to leave this earth.  Just as we would need a life saver to help keep us from drowning if tide waters do overtake us, we need a Savior to rescue us from eternal death once our time on this earth comes to an end.  And we have such a Savior.  His name is Jesus Christ.  Learn more about Him in the article entitled “Who is Jesus Christ?” at GotQuestions.org.  Be blessed.

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THE PROMISE:

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” — Genesis 3:15

THE PROPHECIES:

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, AND SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL (God with us).” — Isaiah 7:14

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, THE MIGHTY GOD, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” — Isaiah 9:6

“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; WHOSE GOINGS FORTH HAVE BEEN FROM OLD, FROM EVERLASTING.” — Micah 5:2

THE FULFILLMENT:

“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary…. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” — Luke 1:26-27, 31-33

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” — Matthew 2:1-2

As we celebrate this season commemorating the birth of the promised Savior (Messiah), let us all take a moment to thank God for sending us THE ULTIMATE GIFT who reversed the curse put on us so many years ago in The Garden. That gift is Jesus Christ. May God bless everyone reading this and may you all have a very Merry Christmas!!!

In Christ,
Meshawn

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The Apostle Paul

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”  ~ I Timothy 1:15

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The Apostle Paul, a Hebrew and former Pharisee from the tribe of Benjamin, wrote these words testifying to His belief that Jesus Christ is the Messiah who came into the world to save sinners.  Paul also called himself the “chief of sinners.”  He is not alone in this regard.

We are all sinners in need of a Savior.  However, some people don’t think this applies to them.  They think that this label is only reserved for the wretched of society such as murderers, thieves, child molesters, etc.  But God, Himself, tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

God is the one who sets the standard for what is considered sin.  Basically anything that goes against His commandments put forth in the Bible is sin.  He tells us not to lie – so if we’ve ever told a lie, then we are sinners.   He tells us not to steal – so if we’ve ever taken anything that doesn’t belong to us, even something seemingly insignificant like a pen or pencil from our jobs, then we are sinners.  He tells us not to commit fornication or adultery.  He even goes as far as to say that “whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28) So if we’ve lusted in our hearts, then we are sinners.  The list goes on and on.

God’s ways are not our ways.  (Isaiah 55:8)  His standards of holiness are so much higher than ours — so high that it is impossible for us to ever achieve true holiness.  This is why He sent a Savior into the world to die for our sins.  Just as the Israelites had to put the blood of lambs on their doorposts in order for the Lord to pass over them and not cause death in their houses, we need the atoning blood of the sacrificial Lamb of God (Jesus Christ) on the doorposts of our hearts, so that our sins will be forgiven and so that eternal death will pass over us.  (Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you … ~ Exodus 12:13)

Romans 10:9 says “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

We may not be the “chief of sinners” as Paul claimed to be, but we all need to have our sins forgiven.   If you haven’t accepted the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, won’t you consider doing what Romans 10:9 says above?  If you’re not totally convinced of this message, please study the Bible to prove for yourself whether or not these things are true.  A suggested place to start would be with the Gospel of John.  Be blessed!

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