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Jesus Saves, But You Better Hurry

Author: Josué Mora Peña

There is an urgent need to accept the salvation offered by God through His Son Jesus Christ, we need to hurry and do something about it as time is running short.

In the Bible we read abut salvation, redemption, adoption, justification, sanctification and other issues related to God and man. Yes, Jesus saves, what a glorious hope we have to know that even though we are lost and hell bound, Jesus can deliver us from such a fate. Jesus saves us from the condemnation of Hell, from the many sins we commit against God every day. He delivers us also from the oppression from sin but we need to hurry and make sure we have made peace with Him.

The Bible is a book of redemption. It is the most profound love story for God delivering His creation from the evils of the world. Granted, God made hell according to Matthew 25:41. It reads, "Depart from me you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels." These are words from Jesus. God is love and because of that He will not send anyone to hell. He made that place for His enemy, the Devil and his angels. Every person who ends up in hell is against God’s will and it hurts Him very much. He did everything possible to deliver His children from that horrible place by sending Jesus to die on Calvary for us, but it is up to the individual to either accept such a great salvation or reject it. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life".

Salvation is a gift from God. Nobody can purchase such a precious gift. It is free, but that does not mean that it did not cost anything. It cost Jesus His life, His blood, His suffering. Jesus suffered not only physically, but morally, knowing that He was dying like a thief. What a shame! He also suffered spiritually, when God turned His eyes from His beloved Son. That is why Jesus said in one of his Seven Words from the Cross, "My God, my God, why hast though forsaken me?" Mark 15:34. So if salvation is a free gift from God, why is it that many people in the world reject such a great salvation? Why is it that many prefer to live recklessly without the fear of God? Jesus himself dais that "…wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction and many there be which go in thereat" Matthew 7:13.

Salvation is so great that those who neglect it or ignore it will sufferer the condemnation. Hebrews 2:3 says "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him" When Adam and Eve sinned against God disobeying Him, He provided a way of salvation. You and I deserve nothing but death and death of a cross. Our first fathers thought that they could pay for their own sin but it didn’t work. Our first fathers thought that they could pay for their own sin but it didn’t work. They covered themselves with fig trees and hid before God. God called them, not because He did not know where they were. Otherwise, what kind of God do we have that does not know where we are? He called them because He wanted His children to respond to Him. Do we respond to Him when he calls us?

Now why the urgency to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior? It was in a church somewhere in Los Angeles, California where I saw this big sign, "Jesus Saves, but You Better Hurry" and I believe that what this means is that God has a time in which to save people. Of course the Bible tells us that He does not want that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). He loves everybody but hates the sin in the persons. It comes to my mind the time of Noah, when many people had a chance to be saved but they rejected God’s provision for salvation and the prophet Hosea came to God saying, "Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone" (Hosea 4:17), in other words, this tribe who were descendants of Joseph in Egypt, returned to worship idols and God said, let him alone. You see, we need to make sure of our salvation; we have to make sure that we are saved. If you are not, God forbids that if an individual continues in his sin, there won’t be any remedy for that person. Like Ephraim, God may say, "let him alone". Please read the first chapter, verses 21-32 from the book of Romans in the New Testament. There we read of people who rejected God and He let them do all kinds of evil.

Yes, Jesus saves, but make sure you are saved.

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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 8:32
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