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