Soldier Outside The Palace
Picture yourself as a foot soldier, posted outside Buckingham Palace, where you've been stationed for 15 long years. Each day you stand to attention and stiffly salute her majesty the Queen whenever her official car arrives or exits the Palace. You know of the Queen but does she know of you (is she even aware of you?) Sadly, you've never had the honour of being introduced to her. Then one day her personal secretary walks over to you and says, "Her majesty would very much like to meet you." You immediately walk with him, and for the first time in 15 years, you have gone from knowing of her to knowing her personally. She says to you, "How wonderful to meet you for the first time. If you ever need anything from me, please do not hesitate to contact me directly, on my private landline or mobile, anytime of the day or night, I will not be offended." From this day on, you will never need to go through her private secretary or anybody else again - she is there whenever you need her - guaranteed!
This brief analogy goes a little way, I think into explaining how it was for me. I knew of the Lord for 15 years of my life as a practising Catholic but I had never been properly introduced to Him. I believe this is the same for all Roman Catholics throughout the world, and perhaps many areas of Protestantism too. I would also include the assorted body of cults as well, for they deliberately deprive their ignorant congregations of never experiencing a one-to-one personal relationship directly with God. However for organised religions like the Catholic church, the congregation only know of God through their church and "priestly mediators." If no priest is available, then nobody else can perform the mass for them: no priest, no mass, no salvation.
The Bible says there is one God and one Mediator between men and God, the Man Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 2:5.)
So why not humbly present yourself to Jesus today and start a new personal and loving relationship with Him, for you're not guaranteed the next breath and remember, 150,000 people die suddenly each day throughout the world, with most being forever lost!
What is sin?
The Bible tells us that all liars will end up in the lake of fire, which lasts forever (Rev. 21:8); that no thief can enter into the Kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6.10.); to lust after another person is the same as adultery (Matt. 5.27,28); and to call someone a fool of just have unjust anger is the same as murder (1 John 3:15.)
You need to believe on Jesus as your own personal Saviour, who died on the cross for your very own sins and after three days, God raised Him from the dead. And by trusting in Him alone to save you, you won't go to Hell when you die but Heaven.
1st September 2006
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