Romans 3:25 (NLT) --- For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past,
Without Jesus we are lost. If Jesus didn't die for our sins, there would be no hope, no way to heaven and no forgiveness of our sin. It is through the blood of Jesus that we are saved and given life from God.
This morning I read some of Dave Ohlerking's book "It's All About the Blood of Jesus" and was blown away by this thought:
Consider this. We who name the name of Jesus are the only ones who can stop Golgotha's saving flow from reaching the hurting needing world.
The devil cannot. Hostile laws cannot.
No barrier can stop it - except the silence and unwillingness of the Body of Christ. (page 22)
Dave was talking about the fact that when we don't talk about Jesus and tell people that He can save them that we stop the flow of Jesus's hope to a hurting world. Have you done that? I have, and it hurts. The body of Christ is the church, the people who are God's kids. That is you and me who know Jesus.
We must be people willing to share and unwilling to keep silent about what Jesus has done for you. Think about it. Are you stopping people from being saved?
1 Peter 3:15 (NASB) --- but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;