A very special gift
I have long been wanting to share this gift that I got from my bible study. However, the fear of being caught in an awkward situation keeps on holding me back. I am afraid that people will get bored when I read this to them or worse, even think of me as a weirdo.
But I believe this gift is too special to be kept. So here I am, sharing this to whoever happens to drop by my blog. It is quite long and text heavy, but I assure you that it is an easy read. You will definitely feel happy after, so I do hope that you would take time to read this entry until the end. If you like, you may also share this to your loved ones. ;-)
Part 1: True Story, both Familiar and Unfamiliar
This is a story that has changed the lives of millions around the world. Some of its parts will be familiar while some will be new. But the good thing about this story is that it really happened. I did not make this up. It is about the Most High God. He is more powerful than governments, economies, philosophies and natural forces.
Part 2: Created for a Relationship with God
He made everything we do not see like angels, demons and spirits. He also made everything we see like the sky, the sea, trees, animals, the earth and all is in it. Finally, He made man and woman and put them in a beautiful garden.
2.2 God and Man in Relationship
He told the man and woman, “You can eat of any fruit of any tree in this garden. It is all yours, except for that one tree. If you eat from that tree, you will die.” And they had a good friendship with God.
Part 3: People are Separated from God
3.1 Fall of the Devil
But remember I told you that God created angels? Well there was this one angel who was very beautiful and powerful. He became proud and wanted to be the Most High God. But God said, “There can only be one Most High God, and that is Me.” So God took this angel and threw him out of heaven, along with one-third of the angels who were with him. This beautiful angel is now known as the Devil and the angels with him are known as demons.
The Devil went to the woman and tempted her to eat of the tree. The woman took some of the fruit and ate. She gave some to her husband, and he ate too.
They disobeyed God’s command. They sinned and there were major consequences to this.
- God cast the man and the woman out of the garden, and their relationship with God was cut.
- This was where all the problems of man started: disrespect, misunderstandings, disease, disaster, etc.
- Also, man could no longer live forever. Everyone would die once, and that is the eternal punishment for sin.
3.4 The Offense
They offended the infinite justice and holiness of God. And so now, only infinite forgiveness could save them.
Part 4: People Cannot Come Back to God
4.1 Ten Sacred Rules
Time passed and the people multiplied. Then God told His people, “I give you now ten sacred rules. These good rules will teach you how to relate to God and to people. Obey them.”
But even though there were only ten rules, the people could not do them. They still sinned. But God loved them anyway. So He said, “Here is something you can do. Take the blood of a perfect animal and spill it. If you spill the blood of a perfect animal, you will be forgiven. Because without the shedding of blood, there can be no forgiveness of sin.”
4.3 Religion Does Not Get Infinite Forgiveness
So the people agreed and they did that. But over time, it became an empty ritual or repetitive religion to them. So God was angry and said, “Do you think that religion can get you infinite forgiveness? I have had enough of your sacrifices!”
Part 5: Jesus Come to Earth
5.1 God Sends Jesus
But God loved them anyway. So at just the right time, God sent His Son, Jesus. He was a great man. Everybody loved Him.
5.2 Great Teacher
He was very wise. He taught the people exactly how to get infinite forgiveness. No one ever taught like Him.
5.3 Powerful Giver
He was also very powerful. He did countless miracles. It was especially powerful when He gave infinite forgiveness to people.
5.4 Corrupt Politician
One time, a large crowd gathered around Him. There was a certain politician who wanted to see Jesus. Let me ask you, do you like corrupt politicians? Of course not! Well, the people hated this certain politician because he was corrupt. Also, he was very short, so he could not look over the crowd to see Jesus. So this man ran ahead of the crowd and climbed up the tree. Jesus saw the man and said, “You there, in the tree! Come down. Let us eat together. I want to be your friend.” The man could not believe it. He hurried down and prepared a meal for Jesus. During the meal, the man stood up and said, “I can not believe that You and I are friends now. I am so happy! Look, I give half of my goods to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will return what I owe fourfold.” Jesus said, “That is infinite forgiveness inside you, my friend.”
5.5 Paralytic on a Bed
Another time, some men brought a paralytic on a bed to Jesus. But the crowd was so large that they could not enter the house that Jesus was teaching in. So they got up on the roof and removed the titles. The men lowered their paralytic friend down to Jesus. When Jesus saw this, He looked at the man and said, “Your sins are forgiven, now and forever.” The people were shocked and asked Jesus, “Can You really forgive sins?” Jesus answered, “Yes, I can. I have the right to give infinite forgiveness. Let me show you. “Then He told the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your bed and go home.” The paralytic stood up, took his bed and went home.” Everybody was amazed by what they saw.
5.6 Friend is Revived
There was another time that one of Jesus’ friends died. This made Jesus very sad. He went to his friend’s tomb and the people were mourning. Jesus said to the family, “I can give infinite forgiveness, so that you don’t have to die anymore. “He had the tomb opened and said, “Friend! Come out! Then the man who had been dead, came out alive!”
Part 6: Jesus, the Perfect Sacrifice
6.1 Some were Jealous
So everybody loved Jesus. But some people were jealous of Jesus. These were the religious leaders. They hatched a plan to arrest Jesus and crucify Him. They succeeded. So they arrested Him, beat Him and then crucify Him: which is when you take two planks of wood and nail a man to it.
6.2 Jesus’ Perfect Blood
There on the cross, Jesus’ perfect blood was spilled. And when God saw that, He said, “That is the sacrifice. That is what will get infinite forgiveness.”
6.3 Thief on the Cross
And this infinite forgiveness is very effective. In fact, there were two robbers crucified alongside Jesus. One of them told Him, “If You are the great Hero, save Yourself and save us as well.” But the other robber said, “What are you saying? We are here because we have sinned, but this Man has done nothing wrong. Jesus, remember me when you enter into Your kingdom.” Jesus answered, “Your sins are forgiven, now and forever. Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Part 7: Jesus’ Resurrection and Promised Return
They all died, Jesus’ friends buried Him in a tomb. Then after three days, something amazing happened. Jesus rose from the dead, proving that everything He said was true, proving that He could really give infinite forgiveness. And this same Jesus said that He would be coming back. He said he would soon judge the world and make all things right.
So like the people in the stories, please accept infinite forgiveness. Hold on to it, enjoy it, and love it! Because when the time comes for Jesus’ return, infinite forgiveness will save your life. Not only that, but infinite forgiveness has many wonderful implications for life right now. Just think of the people in the stories, and how they were blessed.
Do you want infinite forgiveness? Jesus said that infinite forgiveness is a gift.
Part 8: How to Receive Infinite Forgiveness
8.1 Gift Illustration
Here, I have a gift for you, but you don’t take it. For whatever reason, you say:
- I am shy
- I think I can buy that on my own
- I am too busy to care
- I do not know it is free
For whatever reason, you do not take it. Would this be yours? It is the same with infinite forgiveness. So you tell me, how does one receive infinite forgiveness?
8.2 Letting Go
Now, you cannot receive a gift if your hands are full. Some of us have our hands so full of guilt that we cannot receive the gift. It is required to drop that guilt. Some of us do not value the gift enough, so we are busy playing with lesser pleasures like family, studies, career, or friends. These are legitimate and good, but the value of infinite forgiveness is far greater.
8.3 Personal Experience
I have personally received this gift. My sins are forgiven, past, present and future. When I die, I am sure that I am going to be with Jesus in heaven, and it is not because I am religious. You can have that also. You can go to Jesus in prayer right now and ask for the gift of infinite forgiveness. You can say something like this:
Jesus, I am a sinner. I have offended Your holiness so I deserve punishment and death. But you died for my sins and offer me infinite forgiveness. You say it is a gift, please give it to me! I need it. Come into my heart, be my Hero and my King. Thank you for giving me now, infinite forgiveness and eternal life. You are the best thing that could ever happen to me, and I agree to joyfully follow You as I read the Bible. Amen.
8.4 Assurance of Salvation
Jesus said that all those who ask will receive. Did you ask for infinite forgiveness? Jesus said He would give it to you. Would he lie to you? So what have you received now?
That is right!
You have infinite forgiveness right now, just like in the stories. If at anytime you would die, you would be with Him in Paradise. What do you think of that?