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  • Paul Andews: The end is truly the beginning

  • Because of the things that ended, new things can begin.
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  • Jesus finished what he started. He knew who he was and he knew why he came. He said, "For this cause was I born," John 18:37.
    Jesus came on a rescue mission. He came to rescue you and I from a lifetime and an eternity separated from the God who made us. He came to create the possibility, upon our consent, to be united with God. He was willing to do whatever it took, no matter what the cost, to build a bridge for man back to God. That bridge was the cross.
    The cross was the way that the barrier of sin that separated God from man could be destroyed. The cross was the "electric chair" of its day. It was the means by which a life was to end. And it did "end" the life of Christ that day. He did die(though we know the rest of the story). There were other things that ended that day too.
    The sin barrier between God and man ended. The Old Covenant, a relationship with God based upon keeping the law, which could not make us righteous, ended. Satan's domination ended(Now is the prince of this world cast out, John 12:31) Hell being the only option for fallen man ended. Hopelessness ended. Condemmation ended at the cross. God punished your sin 2000 years ago. He will not punish the same sin twice. Condemnation ended. When Christ was nailed to the cross, it was putting a nail in the coffin of condemnation. It is dead and buried.
    You and I are set free to serve God, no longer from the motive of guilt and fear, but from a motive of pure love. "We love him because he first loved us," 1 John 4:19
    Because of the things that ended, new things can begin. A higher quality of life called eternal life can begin. This life does not start when you die, but starts the moment you invite this incredible God that I am describing into your life to be your Lord and Savior. You can have a new start, a new beginning. Of course there are consequences for actions, but now our God can come help you even in the mess you may have created and help you build a new life. I know. It sounds too good to be true. But it is true. Guess that's why they call it the Good News! Today, ask God to show you himself. Ask him to come in your life. He really does make all things new!
    The end is the beginning
    "It is finished." John 19:29
     
     Paul Andrews is the pastor of Life Church, Augusta. He can be contacted at: info@lifechurchoftheplains.com

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