The cure of anxiety (Part 8)

Seek first his kingdom and righteousness and all these things will be added unto you

❖ Seek His righteousnes 

 

➢ Remind yourself of being clothed with it

➢ Seek to Express it: right attitudes, right actions 

➢ Pursue it socially, culturally, economically in the world 

 

➢ Remind yourself of being clothed with it

 

We gain entrance into the kingdom of God, by being clothed by a righteousnes not our own, but by Christ’s righteousness. By faith in Christ, our sins are imputed, transferred to Him, and His righteousnes are imputed, transferred to us, and by that righteousnes you are justified and put in the right relationship with Christ forever. To seek His righteousness means firstly to remind ourselves constantly of this reality. We are accepted by God, by grace, by Christ’s death and righteousness. 

 

➢ Seek to Express it: right attitudes, right actions 

 

Secondly, to seek his righteousnes means to seek ways of expressing right ideas, right thoughts, right words, and right attitudes, like kindness, generosity, love, peace, joy, patience etc. We seek to express right attitudes and we seek to do what is right, like paying taxes when we need to, being honest in business, seeking kindness towards strangers, seeking to do what is right in every circumstance, helping the poor, because righteousness glorifies Christ. The kingdom of God is a kingdom of righteousnes.

 

➢ Pursue it socially, culturally, economically in the world

 

And lastly, seek God’s righteousnes in the hard places, where you may be insulted, mistreated, cursed and persecuted, like with your friends, where you do business and people seek bribes, when you are in a family gathering and they want you to offer sacrifices to the dead, or when people want to worship their appetites like sexual pleasure or drunkenness. That is the place where we need to seek first his righteousness. And God will provide.

 

Therefore, the cure for anxiety is to 

 

Look at the birds of the air, look at God’s providential care, take notice or his works,

 

Consider the lilies of the field, take notice of the way in which he cares for creation and all life on earth

 

Know that God knows your needs and cares for you

 

Believe in the promises of his word that He will provide

 

Seek first his kingdom and righteousnes. Amen

 

Be focused on God, his Kingdom, his nature, His righteousnes, his care, his sovereignty. Amen

The cure of anxiety (Part 7)

The cure of anxiety part 7

• Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness 

 

Verse 33 begins with a “but” in other words, don’t be anxious, but…

33). “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” 

Seek first. 

 

Two conditions are given for you to inherit the promise. Seek first. That means to make it your focus in life, your primary objective, your mission in life, your goal, your first priority when you wake up, to seek

 

To seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. What does it mean? 

 

❖ The kingdom of God

 

What is the kingdom of God? 

 

The Bible says nobody can see or enter the kingdom of God, unless they are born again (John 3:3-5). In other words, the kingdom of God is first of all, a spiritual place, a spiritual place whereby God made you alive to a spiritual reality. The reality of God and his rule. To enter the kingdom of God, means you come under the reign and rule of God as your Father and that happens when the Holy Spirit makes you alive unto God and grants you faith in Jesus Christ and repentance towards God. Unless you are converted and changed and become like children you will not enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt 18:3). The kingdom of God is the spiritual place or state of being  where your sins are forgiven, where God drives away the demons, where the power of Satan is broken and the Holy Spirit reigns. The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). The kingdom of God is everlasting. So when the text says, seek first, it assumes you are in it already, you are regenerated and are filled with the Spirit. To seek it further in your life, means, I believe, three things:

 

➢ Seek your continual submission to it

➢ Seek the expression of it

➢ Seek the expansion of it

 

➢ Seek your continual submission to it

 

Seek to bring every area of your life, your thought life, your affections, your loves, your hates, your dreams, your ambitions, your future, your will, your body, your family, your hobbies, your dreams, your money, your possessions, under the control of Christ. Seek to deny and crucify your sinful desires and wishes and plans continually, and seek to submit the whole spectrum of life unto God. That is what it means to seek the kingdom of God. 

 

➢ Seek the expression of it

 

This point relates to the first. The kingdom of God is within you, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit testifies of this fact. You are indwelt by the Holy Spirit when you are a child of God, and the Holy Spirit produces fruit, or we can say expressions, it wants to express or exhibit the nature of God through you by your submission to the King. How? By being poor in spirit, mourning over sin, being meek, pursuing righteousness, showing mercy to others, loving purity and peacableness, 

 

➢ Seek the expansion of it

 

And thirdly seeking his kingdom first means you desire the expansion of it, by submitting to it, expressing it and using means like preaching, praying, distribution of truth, standing for what is right and good on a familial, social, cultural and global level. You seek for opportunities to make the King known, through the gospel and by loving people.

The cure of anxiety (Part 6)

The cure of anxiety part 6

• Believe that if you do seek first God’s kingdom He will provide

 

33)But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 

 

This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. 

 

Here is a promise attached. When we first seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, all these things will be added. 

 

Promises in the Bible are very important. And they are given to believe in. There is nothing so powerful as a promise of God. Our salvation rests on the promises of God. We are made partakers of the divine nature by the promises of God. By believing in the promises of God!! (2 Peter 1:3,4)

 

God cannot lie. God hasn’t lied. God doesn’t lie. God will not lie. He has promised that He will provide in the needs of His children and He will! This is the rock you must stand on. It is unshakable. God’s word is true and indestructible. 

 

Believe in it. God is a good God. God is a faithful God. God is a God of truth and his promises will come to pass over and over in your life, child of God. Believe in it. Put this promise in your heart. God will provide in your needs, in your necessities, for your future when you seek him first. 

 

You see there is a condition. But seek first….

 

God must be first in your life. You must put him first. Not your family, not your job, not your hobbies, not entertainment. God must be first. When God is first in your life, God will provide in your needs. 

 

“No good thing will God withhold from them who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11) “My God will supply in all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19).

 

Believe! BELIEVE, that God will stay true to his word and promises!

The cure of anxiety (Part 5)

The cure of anxiety part 5

• Know that God knows what you need and He will provide 

 

31)Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 

32)For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 

 

The third prescription to cure anxiety is to KNOW! Know that your heavenly Father knows what you need. He knows exactly what you need. 

 

Many times in Scripture the word “believe” is used as a synonym for the word “knowing”. We see this in Romans 6. 

 

What must I know? 

 

I must know that God is omniscient. I must keep this truth, as it were, in my heart. I must remind myself of it constantly. I must know that God sees everything. God knows everything of everyone. And God is not ignorant of my every need. God knows me intimately. He knows my thoughts from afar. He knows what I am going to say and think before I do (Psalm 139). He knows me through and through. He knows me better than I know myself. He knows all my medical conditions, he knows what medicines and pills I am taking. He knows my future. He has plans for me as a child of God. He has prepared beforehand the good works that I should walk in (Ep 2:10). He knows my needs, my debts, my sins, my struggles, my fears, my talents, my liabilities, my weaknesses, my gifts, my everything, my family. He knows everything. And if he knows, and if he is my Father and He is loving and good, why are you anxious? This knowledge, this knowledge of who God is changes everything. He knows me, he knows my needs, and as a Father, he will provide for me, because he not only knows me, he cares for me, he loves me, I am his child in Christ. 

 

Stock up your mind with knowledge about God, his love, his omniscience, and know and believe God will care. Learn more about God, study God’s attributes. Meditate on God! 

 

Know, know the character of God!

The cure of anxiety (Part 4)

The cure of anxiety (part 4)

• Consider the lilies of the field, faith in God’s love and care

28) Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 

29)yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 

30)But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 

 

The second prescription is to CONSIDER

This is the second imperative, or command. 

 

What must I do, to get delivered of anxiety? 

 

Consider the lilies of the field. God clothes them, more beautifully than Solomon in all his glory, more gloriously than anyone can be clothed in this world. More exquisitely than anyone can be clothed in the world. God created beauty and God created the flowers and the lilies and the wild lilies and the roses. Consider, that means, think deeply about, ponder, meditate if you will, consider. Think about God’s works of creation, how he sustains and beautifies creation.

Look at the plants. 

Who causes them to grow? 

Who sends the rain? 

Who causes oxygen and nitrogen to be in the air? 

Who causes the wind to blow? 

Who causes bees to pollinate plants and for seeds to be scattered across the world? 

Who? 

Who created different kinds of seeds, seeds of plants, flowers and roses? Who created this clothing of the lilies? 

Was it chance? 

Did it all happen by chance? 

Not at all! 

God did it!

Consider the power and wisdom of God! Consider God! Consider his insight and sustaining hand and his hands of care and love over creation! CONSIDER!

If God clothes the lilies and flowers of the field, will he not much more clothe you, you who are made in the image of God, you who are more valuable than gold and silver, for whom Christ died, and gave his life, his last breath!?

Will he not much more clothe you and care for you and sustain you and provide for you, clothes and food and money and all that you need! Consider! 

Consider! 

Think! 

Consider creation. 

Consider the Creator! Consider! Think! Let your mind be renewed by the word of God. 

 

Consider and believe! Believe that God will clothe you as well. Because you are more valuable than lilies and flowers and plants.

Consider, consider the works of God!

The cure of anxiety (Part 3)

The cure of anxiety Part 3

The Prescription: Five strategies to overcome anxiety

So here follow five prescriptions from Jesus to cure your anxiety

• Look at the birds of the air, faith in God’s providence 

• Consider the lilies of the field, faith in God’s love and care

• Know that God knows what you need and He will provide 

• Believe that if you do seek first God’s kingdom He will provide

• Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness 

 

• Look at the birds of the air, faith in God’s providence 

Verse 26 starts with

26)Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 

27)And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

 

What must I do to get rid of anxiety? I assume I speak to Christians, because if you are not a Christian the first thing you must do is repent of your sins and believe in Christ. What I am saying here, refer to Christians. Again, what must I do to get rid of anxiety? Jesus says: LOOK! Pay close attention to the birds of the air. See and observe carefully how the Creator is caring for nature.  Have you ever gone out in your yard and listened to the birds and pondered how God cares for them? God feeds them. God provides for them. Not only for the birds but for the whole of creation. He feeds the beasts of the fields. He cares for the leopards, the impala’s, the oxen, the whales in the sea, the sharks and thousands and thousands of species and insects and so much more. He does that through creation and how He has created the world, the sun, giving light and energy to the world, by positioning the earth at the exact distance from the sun so that life could be possible on earth. The insects and animals and fish  and birds and reptiles and the amphibians do not worry and are not anxious about food and about tomorrow. Not at all. They are peaceful. They are not worried. Yes, because they cannot worry. But the point being God cares for them, and if he does,  he will care for you, because you are more valuable as a child of God than they are. 

 

But the command is clear, it is an imperative, LOOK! Observe! Take time, and pay attention every day if you must! Go into nature, and observe the ants and the birds and the frogs etc. LOOK at them, God has created them! And if God cares for his creation, he will also care for you! Because you are more valuable than they! That is the first thing, Go and LOOK. Observe nature and believe in God’s sovereign care! God cares! Look how He cares!

Will you go to heaven when you die?

Will you go to heaven when you die?

I can’t think of a more important question to ask you than this one. I’m not asking whether you have enough food, or whether you have children that behave well, or not, or whether you have a good wife or husband, or not, whether you have enough money or a good job, or a happy life. These things are not necessarily unimportant or peripheral things in our lives. However, I am more concerned about the state of your soul. Too long you have put the topic of God and eternity out of your mind. I want to know whether your soul is right with God. Are you right with God? Do you have peace with God? If you die tonight are you sure you will be with God and see his glory in heaven? Do you have the favor of God on your life? Or are you running away from Him? Are you living for yourself? For your own happiness, for your own pleasure and comfort? Is your life centered around God or around money and possessions or alcohol and parties or your own self? 

 

The Scriptures say, “we all are like sheep, we have all gone our own way” (Isaiah 53:6). The Scriptures, the Bible, reveal that we are spiritually dead in our sins, we are dead to God and alive to our sins (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible says, those who are in the flesh, those who are controlled by the sinful nature, cannot please God (Romans 8:7). You see, the world has a pattern, and those of the world are following its pattern, its ways. Those who are of the world are enemies of God. Those who love the world, does not have the love of God in them. Those who love the world, those who are lovers of themselves and pleasure, those who are preoccupied with what money can buy, will perish. Jesus said, we cannot serve God and money at the same time. We will either love the one and despise the other (Matthew 6:19-24). Unless you understand that you were created by God and for God life will never make sense to you. You are not here on earth, to become the best version of yourself, you were created on earth for God, to know Him, love Him, fear Him, worship Him, obey Him and to trust in Him (Deuteronomy 10; Matthew 22:36-40). 

Your heart will remain restless unless it finds rest in God (Saint Augustine). You will remain unsatisfied and without hope unless you find hope in God. The Bible makes it clear, that we all have sinned against God (Romans 3:23) and because of our rebellion and sins (lies, idolatry, covetousness, thefts, blasphemies etc) we deserve God’s justice (Romans 2:1-10). And his justice demands that we die, die in this life, and die for eternity in hell. God is holy and cannot have union with sinners who hate Him. The Bible says, “the punishment of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), and “the soul that sins must die” (Ezekiel 18:20). Someone needs to tell you this. Unless you find peace with God, unless you get right with God, your sins will drag you to hell, and God will condemn you to die forever in hell(Revelation 20:11-15). Hell is a place of suffering, a place of outer darkness, where people will be in agony, where there will be no rest, and where the fire to torment them will never be quenched (Mark 9:41-49). All who refuse to come to Christ and be saved will gothere and God’s just sentence will be executed on them. 

 

Here follows the good news. The Bible says, “the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ” (Romans 6:23). And “God so loved the world that He gave Jesus Christ that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). God made a way, through Jesus Christ, for you to escape the horrors of hell, and to have peace with God, for your sins to be forgiven, and for you to be right with God. 2000 years ago God sent Jesus Christ into this world. He lived in Israel. He was born of a virgin. He was God in human form, and He lived a life of perfection, he never sinned, (2 Corinthians 5:21). And after he performed many miracles, he gave his life as a sacrifice, to die in the place of sinners like you and I, and then after paying for our sins, he rose from the dead, conquering death, Satan and sin, and now He offers eternal life and forgiveness of sins for all who would turn (repent) from their sins and trust in Him alone for salvation. I urge you come to Christ and believe in His promise. You will not perish, but live if you come to Him and believe in Christ (John 7:37). 

Come today, before it is too late, and let your sins be washed away!

The cure of anxiety (Part 2) The prescription

The cure of anxiety Part 2

The diagnosis: 

 

▪ A lack of understanding 

 

Jesus diagnosed the problem of anxiety very plainly: 

 

26)Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 

27)And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 

28)And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 

29)yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 

30)But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 

 

Jesus says: your Heavenly Father feeds them(the birds), are you not of more value than they? And God clothes the grass of the field, will he not much more clothe you? 

 

The reason why Christians get anxious is because they don’t understand how God cares for them. Their minds have not been renewed. They don’t have God’s perspective on things.They don’t believe in the sovereignty of God. The cause of anxiety is a lack of understanding of God and his nature. When we think and ponder on the nature of God, when we set our minds on God, we will have less anxiety. Therefore, the Bible says, “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:1,2). To believe God is sovereign means you believe God controls everything that comes to pass every single day and minute of the day in your own life and on every millimetre of this planet and in the universe and that he has wise plans and purposes for everything that happens in your life. Even if it means painful things and things that you can’t make sense of. 

 

▪ A lack of trust 

 

Jesus says: 30) “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

 

The reason why we have anxiety over the future and our present situation is because we have little faith! We lack faith in God, we lack trust in God. And for us to believe in God, we ought to understand God and his ways. We don’t believe that God is sovereign over us. We don’t believe that God can get us out of our conundrums. We don’t believe God is in control. We don’t trust in God’s promises. Our minds are filled with other things, with love of money, with selfish ambition, with worldly pursuits and food, and drink and driving the best motorcars. Our minds are on the earth. We are earthly minded, not spiritually minded. That’s why we are fearful and anxious. 

 

▪ A lack of focus  

 

The reason why we are anxious is because our focus is not on God, but on other things. Our focus is on making much money, becoming rich, doing well for ourselves, our focus is not on the kingdom of God, but on the kingdom of self and comfort, on the kingdom of this world. Our focus is on Mammon. And Jesus, said it, you cannot serve God and Mammon at the same time. You must choose. When your focus in life is not God, then anxiety will haunt you sooner or later. It is inevitable. 

 

3. The Prescription: Five strategies to overcome

 

So here follows five prescriptions from Jesus to cure your anxiety. I will look at each one in the following devotions. 

 

• Look at the birds of the air, faith in God’s providence 

• Consider the lilies of the field, faith in God’s love and care

• Know that God knows what you need and He will provide 

• Believe that if you do seek first God’s kingdom He will provide

• Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness

The Cure for anxiety (Part 1)

The cure of anxiety Part 1

Matthew 6:25-34

“”Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:25-27‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Jesus said three times in this passage, Matthew 6:25-34,  “do not be anxious about these things” because believers are not like the heathen who don’t have hope. Believers in Christ have a Father in heaven. 

 

In this series of 8 devotions I want to look at three things:

• What is anxiety?

• The diagnosis

• The prescription

 

1. What is anxiety?

 

i. It is a sin

 

We first of all have to call it what it is. Anxiety is not an unfortunate state of being, a necessary evil, which most of the human race must succumb to. It is not an inevitability, a sad state of affairs we must come to grips with as frail human beings. It is not just one of those things in life which we cannot avoid. Jesus Christ was never anxious, never panicky, never paralysed by anxiety. Yes, in Getsemany he sweated drops of blood, he knew what was coming, he knew of the cup he was about to drink, but he did not panick, he was not anxious, because he was in the centre of the will of God. He knew why he was born, to go to the cross.

 

Let’s call anxiety what it is: sin. Evil. A fruit of unbelief in God. Many people around the world, even Christians, suffer from panick attacks, or anxiety attacks. These attacks are usually caused by what psychologist would call it, stressors, or trauma, or difficult circumstances. We are not saying that there are not logical reasons why people get anxious. There are horrific situations in life people have to deal with, uncertain times like the ones we live in today, that cause anxiety in many. But how is it that the Reformers of old, like Bishop Latimar and Ridley went to the stake, to be burned, by the Roman Catholic Church, with a song in their hearts? How is it that Paul the apostle while being in prison with Silas, after being beaten, sang songs to the Lord? I know that is supernatural, to be able to sing in times of suffering, but that is what God has called us to. 

 

Anxiety is a sin. It is evil, because it displays distrust in God. 

 

ii. It is a sickness 

 

When anxiety takes hold of a person, and gets hold of a person, when fear grips a person to the extent that it immobilizes, it becomes a sickness. The soul that is perpetually anxious, is a spiritually sick person. Some people it seems can’t live without worrying about something. I have encountered people like that, it seems that they get drawn to anxiety, like a moth to a flame. It is as if they can’t live life without worrying about something. It becomes the new normal, or like a hobby and favorite past-time, to be in a state of worry. And we have to be careful not to be sucked into this state of worry and anxiety. When you have become accustomed to this state of worry, it will take some sort of a miracle to get out of it. Anxiety, in fact, takes control of people. The soul that is married to worry and anxiety becomes spiritually sick. In times like these, with the uncertainty about war in Europe or the possibility of nuclear war growing and our futures being uncertain, we must not succumb to this spiritual sickness. It can certainly cause a lot of damage to your spiritual life. 

 

iii. It affects everything

 

Anxiety is of such a nature that it controls everything. You see everything as if through the lens of fear. If you are not worried about your livelihood then you become worried about your health, and if it is not your health, then it is your clothes, and if it not your clothes then it is being unattractive and if it not that, then worry about your job, then it is your wife or husband’s or child’s health or schoolwork. If it is not your family’s problems then it is politics, or the economy, if not the economy then retirement, if not retirement then something else. You cannot stop the worry. It seems you are on a rollorcoaster and you cannot get off. You see, because being worried is a kind of disease it affect everything in your life. Now I’m not saying we shouldn’t walk in wisdom and make plans for our future and take care for our families, and have a calling and a job or do family planning and save money, if you are able, for retirement, or pray for the country, but we must never separate these things into nice little compartments and divorce them from God and his perspective and providence.

Jesus repeated three times in this passage,

 “do not be anxious”. 

Take it to heart. Do not be anxious. He repeated these words to emphasise the fact that it is not His will for believers to live in a perpetual state of worry. May God help us all and deliver us all and May we know his peace from day to day and from hour to hour, the peace of Christ that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:4-7).

Flee from the wrath to come

Flee from the wrath to come!


Whose wrath? In the beginning God made the world and all that lives in it very good, but since the fall of man, when the first people, called Adam and Eve, who inhabited earth sinned, (disobeyed and distrusted God), God gave the world and humans over to futility, death, and corruption (Genesis 3). The world is not as it should be. There is a lot of evil things happening on this earth and they are all a result of sin. Our forefather Adam was our representative. Through Adam we all are born with a sinful nature, a nature that is hostile towards the things of God. We gravitate towards evil continually. Like a moth to flame, we are drawn to self-preservation, self-seeking, and self-gratification all the time. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We are dead in our trespasses and sins and are called sons of wrath. God’s righteous wrath abides on all of humankind because of our sin and rebellion and the thousands of times we rejected God in our lives. If God was to judge us and condemn us to hell (the place where his wrath abides) he would be perfectly just. None of us deserve to be saved, or to be helped. We have all turned aside, each one to his own way (Isaiah 53).
What is the wrath like? The wrath of God that He has appointed for lawbreakers and sinners, is His deserved punishment on sinners. Because God is eternal (He has no beginning nor end), his attribute of anger or displeasure is also eternal. So, God’s wrath is his eternal displeasure on sinners, and the expression of his just sentence on sinful people. His wrath has already been revealed on the wickedness of man in which he gives idolaters over to their sinful passions, to commit what is evil (See Romans 1:18-30). But although God’s wrath has already been revealed, more is to come and more will abide on the sinner once he/she dies. It is appointed for man to die once and then the judgement (Hebrews 9:27). The Bible, when speaking about the wrath to be revealed and the final judgment to come, speaks about eternal fire, a place where the worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched (See Mark 9:41-49; Matthew

5:28-32). God has appointed a place of suffering, called hell, where God’s grace and mercy will be completely taken away from sinners. It is a place where God, in all his fury, will unleash his wrath for all eternity on those who disobey and disbelieve in Him. It is a place of no escape where all humans will go who refuse to turn to Jesus Christ.
How shall we escape the wrath of God? But 2000 years ago, God, because He is rich in mercy and because of his love for us, sent Jesus Christ to Israel. He was born of a virgin, miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit, and then lived a perfect life on behalf of sinners. He came to represent humanity. Because He was God, he was able to never sin. He had a true human nature, but also a divine nature. He was anointed and baptized by the Holy Spirit at the Jordan river, from where he performed many mighty miracles: healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead and doing many acts of mercy. He preached that all must repent and believe the gospel. Jesus came to this world, to live a life of perfect righteousness and to give his life as a sacrifice. God, the Father, sent Him to die in the place of sinners, like you and I, to be a substitute for sinners. We had to die for our sins and bear God’s just wrath and judgment, but Christ came to die in our place to pay for our sins by his own blood, bear our punishment, the eternal wrath of God, in our place, so we can be forgiven of our sins and be justified by Christ’s righteousness. Jesus went to the cross 2000 years ago to pay for the sins of His people and then rose from the dead. In this way, God’s justice was satisfied, and his wrath set aside. Jesus conquered our greatest enemies, sin and death, and now offers forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all who would repent of their sins (idolatries, lies, theft, sexual immorality, hatred, blasphemy, coveting, etc.) and trust in Jesus Christ, who is the only Savior of the world. How do we escape and flee from the wrath and judgment to come? Flee to Jesus Christ for refuge! Come to Jesus Christ today, cast yourself on Christ in faith and you will be reconciled to God. Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart (Hebrews 3;7,8).


Believe in Christ and you will be saved!