Volume 2 No 2
We are approaching the season when most Christians remember and celebrate God incarnate dying on a cross for us, then being resurrected that we might live freed from the penalty of sin.
But being a Christian isn’t just about being forgiven. God wants something from us in return. Many think that what God wants from us is for us to be good people and to live changed lives. And yes, he does want us to live his way, not as some sort of ‘repayment’ for what he’s done (how could we ever repay such a debt?) but because he knows that his way is the only way that we can be truly happy.
Understand that what God wants more than anything is for us to enter into a relationship with him! That is why Christ was born, died and was then resurrected as our intercessor, opening the way for mankind to have a personal, intimate relationship with God.
In the Old Testament God was separated from mankind, dwelling in the ‘Most Holy Place’ in the Tabernacle, where only the high priest was allowed to enter once a year, totally cut off from mankind in general ( Heb 9:1-28).
In the gospels we read that when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom (Matt 27:50-51) -A miracle from God, symbolizing that the barrier separating mankind from God, had been removed by him forever.
Eph 1:5 tells us that this was his great pleasure - what he wants more than anything else - that through Christ, we become his adopted sons and daughters and to live in him and through him for all eternity.
We have a real feast of life lessons and truths laid before you in this issue, all dealing with what living as a Christian means. My prayer is that they will help you to enter into a closer relationship and a deeper understanding of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
I wish you a blessed and meaningful Easter season, celebrating the awesome sacrifice that made this relationship possible.