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Dear friends and Carmelites,

The Cross is the focus of God’s redemption plan. The Bible clearly teaches us that there is no salvation except in Jesus, “Let it be known to all of you… there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”, (Acts 4:10-12; ESV).

The Gospel is the good news and not merely about the won-derful truths of Jesus’ teachings or the spectacular works of His miracles. In the nutshell the Gospel is Jesus came, He died and He rose again on the third day. We are saved by His death upon the Cross that bore the burden of our sins and His subsequent resurrection.

Salvation is in Jesus alone. Any efforts by man’s works to at-tain salvation are futile. We can neither offer to God anything nor can we bargain with Him. We can only come before Him as hopeless and helpless beings asking for salvation. Salva-tion is through the redemptive work of Jesus at the Cross.

Only by God’s grace we are saved through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul put it plainly, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”, (Romans 10:9; ESV). Faith simply means that we take God’s word seriously that Jesus is our Saviour as well as submitting every area of one’s life to His lordship. With a loving and passionate heart, God is calling us to Himself through His Son Jesus. Jesus came to give us life. Would you humbly respond to Him?

Back in 1830 George Wilson was convicted of robbing the U.S. Mail and was sentenced to be hanged. President An-drew Jackson issued a pardon for Wilson, but he refused to accept it. The matter went to Chief Justice Marshall, who con-cluded that Wilson would have to be executed. “A pardon is a slip of paper,” wrote Marshall, “the value of which is deter-mined by the acceptance of the person to be pardoned. If it is refused, it is no pardon. George Wilson must be hanged.”For some, the pardon comes too late. For others, the pardon is not accepted. (ODB, 1992).

There may not be another time. Tomorrow may not come. While there is yet time, would you seriously consider the word of Hebrews “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion”, (Hebrews 3:15; ESV).

Trusting fully in Chris

Pr Lawrence

 

On the Cross, God is saying to us, “I love you”

亲爱的弟兄姐妹:

十字架是神救赎计划的焦点。圣经清楚地教导我们除了耶稣以外别无拯救:“你们众人…都当知道…除祂以外,别无拯救,因为在天下人间,没有赐下别的名我们可以靠着得救。”(使徒行传4:10-12)

福音是一个大喜的讯息,它并不仅仅是关于耶稣所教导奇妙的真理,或是那些惊人的神迹。福音总括来说就是耶稣来了,死了,然后在三天后复活。祂把我们的罪都担当起来,我们因着祂在十字架上的死被拯救,死后接着复活。

救恩只会单单在耶稣里,任何人用劳力去换取救恩都是徒然的。我们不能向神提供什么,也不能跟神讨价还价。我们只能够以一个绝望跟无助的身份来到祂面前,向祂求救恩。救恩就是透过耶稣在十字架上救赎的工而来的。

只有在神的恩典里,我们才能藉着信靠主耶稣得拯救。使徒保罗就很清楚的表明:“你若从口里认耶稣为主,心里信神叫祂从死里复活,就必得救。”(罗马书10:9)信心很简单的就是认真看待神的话,相信耶稣是我们的救主,并把我们生命中一切交到神的主权当中。神以爱和热情的心透过主耶稣基督呼唤我们。耶稣来给予我们生命,你会谦卑地回应祂吗?

在1830年乔治威尔逊因着抢劫美国邮政局罪成,被判受绞刑。总统安德鲁杰克逊威尔逊颁布特赦,但他拒绝接受。这事情去到首席法官马歇尔那里,他宣判威尔逊仍然要接受死刑。“特赦令只是一张纸,”马歇尔写道:“它的价值是在于被特赦的人是否要接受。如果他拒绝,就没有特赦。所以乔治威尔逊还是要问吊的。”对于有些人,他们的特赦来得太迟;其他的,就是拒绝接受。(灵命日粮 1992)

我们不一定会有更多的时间,明天可能会不再来。但当我们还有时间的时候,你会认真思想«希伯来书»里面的话语吗?“你们今日若听祂的话,就不可硬着心,像惹祂发怒的日子一样。”(希伯来书3:15)

全然相信耶稣

曾楚荣传道

在十字架上,神在对着我们说:“我爱你。”