Just a week or so ago I was prayerfully asking God to please give me an opportunity to see a rainbow so that I could try to capture the beauty of one. Quite caught off guard, I walked into my kitchen just yesterday, and lo and behold, I saw a beautiful, vibrant rainbow out my kitchen window! It had just stopped raining, but I had been busy writing a post for my other blog, and the thought had not crossed my mind to run outside to see if there were any rainbows. When I saw that beautiful rainbow out my window, my jaw dropped and then I gasped at seeing such a glorious sight! Quickly, I ran to get my Sony A6000 camera! Because I had to swap lenses, the colors of the rainbow were not as intense as they had been when I was finally ready to take some shots, but I was filled with joy at being able to finally get a picture of a beautiful rainbow! Hoping and praying to see more –Lord willing!
Regardless of what the rainbow symbolizes to some people today, it is God’s rainbow; He was the one who created it and who placed the true meaning upon it as recorded in Genesis 9:
“I have set my rainbow in the clouds; and it will be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth, and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.” (Genesis 9:13-17)
God also gave us the promise of eternal life and forgiveness of sins that is ours through Jesus Christ alone, but many refuse to come to Him and believe the good news of the Biblical gospel. This promise of forgiveness for all of our sins — no matter how heinous they may be — is as sure as the promise He gave us of the rainbow that shows He will never flood the earth again, which He did because of mankind’s continual wickedness and rebellion:
“The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth–men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air–for I am grieved that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.” (Genesis 6:5-8)
The good news of the Biblical gospel is that Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, willingly came into our sin-filled world to live the perfect sinless life that we could never live, so that He could become the Sacrificial Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world. Jesus died in your place and in mine upon the cross; He took upon Himself the full wrath of God intended for us because of our sins. He died, He was buried, and then three days later He was gloriously raised from the dead in bodily form to show that His sacrifice was accepted by a thrice Holy God as payment in full for every last one of our sins! Yet, sadly, some choose not to believe and place their trust in Jesus Christ. They think that as long as one’s good deeds outweigh their bad, they will enter heaven. But God’s Word has this to say:
“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:21)
“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)
“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived, and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we have done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:3-7)
Through Jesus Christ you can have a brand new start on life; your sins will be forgiven and forgotten and you will be clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:7-9). You will have a new nature (2 Corinthians 5:17) and His grace will be sufficient to bring you through whatever trials and heartaches you may face in life, His strength will be made perfect in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9,10), and His peace that surpasses all human understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus if you choose to pray instead of worrying about things. (Philippians 4:4-7)
Let God’s promise of His love and forgiveness be yours today by choosing to place your faith and trust only in all that Jesus Christ did for you so that you will not face God’s wrath. That may sound harsh, but God’s Word is truth.
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” (Romans 5:6-9)
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9,10)
“Whoever believes (commits, relies upon, fully trusts) in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” (John 3:36)
“We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater. because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:9-13)
Thank you very much for stopping by today.
God Bless You
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“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
“…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:41)