Friday, April 10, 2009
In today's blog, I'd like to let Scripture speak for itself.
From Hosea 14:1-5
Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, for your sins have brought you down. Bring your petitions, and return to the LORD. Say to him, "Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us, so that we may offer you the sacrifice of praise. Assyria cannot save us, nor can our strength in battle. Never again will we call the idols we have made our gods. No, in you alone do the orphans find mercy.
The LORD says, "Then I will heal you of your idolatry and faithlessness, and my love will know no bounds, for my anger will be gone forever! I will be to Israel like a refreshing dew from heaven. It will blossom like the lilly; it will send roots deep into the soil like the cedars in Lebanon."
Okay, so that is the Old Testament. Is it any different today? Not at all. God hasn't changed. He still wants the same things for us:
Go to the LORD.
Admit your wrong.
Receive his forgiveness.
Experience his healing.
Let him make your life fruitful.
That is what the cross is all about.
In Hosea 13: 4. "You have no God but me, for there is no other savior."
No matter which testament you read, God hasn't changed. He wants to forgive sin, to bring us back into relationship with him. He sent Jesus for this very reason. It's what God has always been about.
How's your Easter?