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Today we are talking about a subject that touches us all in different ways. The subject of death. Death is an event that will eventually happen to all of us within the next 120 years from now. unless the Lord Jesus Christ returns and end the mortal life as we know it, we are all owing to die someday.

We are not commissioned to know that day of our death, however, we are commanded to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ so that we may obtain eternal life.

The truth is, none of us is worthy of ever going to heaven or to live in the new earth. We can only enter therein by grace, through faith, in Christ Jesus alone. Should death happen today and we are not in the right standing with God, we are doomed. The only right standing with God there is, is Christ Jesus alone.

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Today were talking about the Lord Jesus Christ. The text were reading is John 11:20 -26. We find Jesus attending a situation where Lazarus had died four days before. Martha comes to meet Him and cries out that if Jesus had been around Lazarus her brother would not have died. She also told Jesus that she know that God can do whatever Jesus asks of Him. Jesus ensures Martha that her brother shall live. Martha says that she believe that he will rise in the resurrection of the last day. In response Jesus make a very bold claim. He say, “I am the resurrection and the life.”

This was to make it clear to Martha that Jesus did not need to be permitted by the Father to raise the dead. Such power was already delegated to Him by the Father. Jesus proves that he is the essential principle and the source of all existence. Nobody can be raised from the dead apart from Him and no one can continue to life is it was not His will. Lazarus did need to wait for the last day to be raised. He could be raised right there and then, seeing Jesus had the power to unloose the bands of death. Jesus the raised Lazarus and proved that indeed He has indeed power over death and over a dead body to both restore the souls and to animate the body once more. Jesus Christ is God and man.

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Introduction

We answer the question why you should believe in Jesus Christ. I will give you four reasons from the book of John 1:1-12

John 1:1 – 12 KJV

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

YOU GAIN ACCESS TO GOD (1:1-3)

These verses show us first of all that, there is an entity called the Word, who is eternal in nature, since it is made obvious that the Word was already existing in the beginning. This is what we learn of the Word.

  • The Word is eternal (In the beginning was the Word)
  • The Word coexisted with God eternally (The Word was with God… The same was in the beginning with God)
  • The Word is divine (The Word was God)
  • The Word is a person (All things were created by Him)
  • The Word is the only Creator (All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.)

We learn from the Book of Revelation that Jesus Christ as He descended from heaven to make an end of His enemies, His name was THE WORD OF GOD (See Revelation 19:13)

YOU GAIN ACCESS TO ETERNAL LIFE (1:4a)

This truth is found in many places of scripture. Jesus has life in Himself. He told His hearers, “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.” (John 5:26). He boldly declared, “I am the Way, Truth and the Life” (John 14:6) Jesus do not just claimed to have life He affirmed that he was life Himself. We also hear Him before raising Lazarus from the dead proclaiming, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Apart from Jesus Christ there is absolutely no life whatsoever.

John explains to us in 1 John 5:7-13, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” God testifies that He has given us eternal life and that the same life is hidden in Jesus Christ His Son. Sadly those who chose not to believe in Jesus Christ, according to this passage, have judged that God is a liar. By rejecting Jesus Christ they publicly reject the testimony of God as false and thus plunge themselves into condemnation and everlasting punishment.

YOU GAIN ACCESS TO THE LIGHT (1:4b-9)

There are many lights in the world. We all understand that light and darkness have no friendship. We learn that, Jesus Christ the Word, was the true Light that was come into the world. Yes the light shined in darkness and the darkness could not receive the light. This is true with Jesus Christ. He came to the Jews who were under Spiritual darkness yet they could not see nor receive the Light of God that was before them. Instead they rejected and crucified Him.

Even today, many people have heard of the truth of the gospel, yet instead of departing from their ways of darkness, they have fashioned for themselves lampstands that have no ability to produce light. The Lord Jesus explained the cause of this behavior in John 3:19-21, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” Man do not want their works of darkness to be exposed and so they flee from the true Light which is Jesus Christ.

We are told that Jesus is the “true Light.” The call that we have is to come to that light. Jesus declared in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Jesus is not just the light. He grants us understanding of who God is. The author of Hebrews says, “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”(Hebrews 1:3)

YOU GAIN ACCESS TO THE FAMILY OF GOD (1:10-12)

As many rejected the Light of World Jesus Christ, they are those who received Him. The Bible tells us, “But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” When we receive Christ we are not joining a religion or a religious cult. We are adopted into the family of God. With the previous point that Jesus is the Light, we can conclude that those who have received the Light, have also departed from and have denounce their fellowship in the world of darkness.

This clearly demonstrate that one must turn away from what they valued before and lay hold on Jesus Christ, for through Him we become the children of God. Christ brings us to God, where we are given all the benefit fit for the sons of God. Hear what Paul got to say, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” (Gal 4:4-7)

Those who received Jesus Christ and also believed on His name, are born of God. They are born again and are regenerated by the Spirit of God according to the will of God. Paul says to the Christian in Ephesus, “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” (Eph 2:18-19)

Conclusion

These are four of many reasons of why you should believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

You gain access to God

You gain access to eternal life

You gain access to the light

You gain access to the family of God Therefore I say to you, Repent and believe in Jesus Christ.

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At about 17:50, today, the 11th of December 2012, I went to my garden just to look at how it is doing. While I was observing that beauty and the growth of the vegetables that I have planted there, I realized that they were growing according to my will and to my satisfaction. My joy was disturbed by the sight of tares that I have not planted, they grow among my vegetables and they were corrupting their beauty and cleanliness. I started plucking them out. While I was busy, plucking the tares out, I noticed one of my plants that was diseased. The sight of it was disgusting. Without any further hesitation I plucked it up by root and threw it away from my goodly vegetables, it broke my heart to throw it away but I had to do it for the sake of the healthy plants.

When I was done with the tares I realized that I love my garden and I love all the plants that I put there which do my will, while I hate every diseased plant and tares which are rebellious and corrupt. Then it hit me, my garden was no different from the world and the church. The bible has no place where it says, “God loves sinners but hate sin.” On the contrary, it does mention that “God hates all the workers of iniquity” and that “He is angry with the wicked every day.”

Let us look at these verses;

“The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.” (Psalm 5:5-6)

“God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.” (Psalm 7:11-12)

The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.” (Psalm 11:5-6)

Now, the bible shows us how God feels about the wicked. It says that He is angry with the wicked every day. God is Holy, He hates sin and sinners. To say that God hate sinners is not well received in the modern day churches. The reason for this is that the teachings of the bible are ignored by the general Christian community. The bible is not like all the cowardly pastors who don’t want to offend anyone with the truth. It tells thing as they are meant to be told and it is to be taken seriously or else people will pay the price that comes with either ignorance or disobedience, which is destruction.

The verses I have shown above, tell us that God will not rain favour and blessings upon the wicked but He will let snare, fire, brimstone and horrible tempest to fall upon them. These words must be taken seriously. We must consider these words and comprehend the message they are communicating to us. God will destroy the wicked, just like He did away with the wicked in the days of Noah and wasted the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, so will He do it yet again. The death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ will not prevent the end of the wicked because only those who believe on the name of the Lord Jesus will be saved. The rest of the people who do not believe on the Son of God will perish.

Those who disagree with the statement that God hate sinners often pull their defence from John 3:16. Let us look at John 3:16,

“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.” (John 3:16)

As we can see, this verse does not say that God loved the sinners but it says that God loved the world. The Greek word that is used in the verse for world is κόσμος (kosmos) which does not in any way refer to sinner(s) but instead it refers to a heavenly body (star or planet) and the inhabitants thereof. The word for sinners is ἁμαρτωλός (amartolos) and it is not found in John 3:16.

Remember the story of my garden, when I said that I love my garden it did not mean that I love everything that is in it. I don’t love the tares and those little animals that eat my vegetables. The fact that the tares get watered doesn’t mean that I want them in my garden. They only benefit for the sake of my vegetables. There is a day appointed where I will get rid of the tares and gather my harvest into the kitchen. God hate sinners and all the workers of iniquity. The wicked are alive today and they get to be successful, that doesn’t mean that God loves them, they are only around because of the righteous. Abraham asked God if He would destroy the wicked if there were a number of righteous people in the city of Sodom and Gomorrah and God said that He will not destroy them for the sake of the those righteous people.

And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes: Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake. And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake. And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.” (Gen 18:23-32)

As we can see that God would spare the whole wicked community for the sake of the few righteous people who are found among them. Unfortunately for the world of Noah, God told Noah to prepare an ark. He brought the flood and destroyed the world while saving the Noah, his family and the rest of the animals that were in the ark. The same went for Sodom and Gomorrah where God drew Lot and his family out and did away with his enemies. Also in Jericho, God delivered Rahab and her family and condemned the rest to death. God loved the world in the days of Noah and so to save it, he got rid of the wicked with the flood and the righteous were safe in the ark. God still promises yet again that He would destroy the wicked and that he will do away with the destroyers of the earth.

“And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” (Rev 11:18

The Lord will get rid of false believers

“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn…” “…He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.(Matthew 13:24-30, 37-43)

The text above shows that God allows the tares to grow to gather with the good seed. He then explains that the good seed are the children of the kingdom while the tares are the children of the wicked one (the devil). He commands that the tares and the good seed must be allowed to grow together for the sake of the good seed. He said that it might happen that when they should deal with the tares, they would also uproot the wheat (good seed). The day is coming where the tares will be burnt with fire and the wheat be gathered into the barn. Rest assured my dear reader that God hates sinners and He will get rid of them unless they repent and believe in the name of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who turn to Him will be given the righteousness of the Son of God but those who refuse Him will be destroyed, irrespective of who they are.