The greatest time of the year is upon us for this is the time we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Without Easter we have no eternal hope as humans.
Hebrews 9:22, declares; “…everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” Jesus died a painful death on the cross as he shed his sinless blood to cover the sins of the human race from Adam until the last human is born.
Does this mean that everyone goes to heaven since their sins are forgiven? Absolutely not! I John 1:9 says; “…if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness (sins).” We must ask God to forgive our sins then Jesus shed blood on the cross is activated on our behalf and we are forgiven. Not only forgiven but guaranteed eternal life. This is the amazing hope of the Easter Season.
So many individuals believe God is unloving if he allows only the forgiven into heaven. This is so untrue, as it is the individual themselves that chooses not to confess their sins and ask forgiveness from God. See John 3:16 says; “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
God’s Word in II Peter 3:9 says; “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
So the greatest day of the year is when we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. All other religious leaders who proclaim to be God or the voice of God are dead and buried and they have returned to dust from which they came. Jesus is God and he is alive and His Spirit dwells in every person who has confessed their sins and asked Him for forgiveness. Praise the Lord.
This is why we sing the Hallelujah Chorus, we will reign with him for all eternity.
Christians in Action Missions International was founded on the vision and goal of sharing the hope of eternal life found in the forgiveness of our sins. 60 years later in 2017 that vision and goal has not changed. Thousands come to Jesus through the confession of their sins and receiving Him as their savior as our missionaries and indigenous pastors share John 3:16.
Dr. Gordon Donoho, President