I used to listen to a woman minister on late-night television who took over her husband’s ministry after he died. She and I don’t always see eye-to-eye on key points of the Bible. Although her foundational doctrine is sound.
One day she addressed the congregation and said that we don’t say, “The troops defend our country, but…”
Yet most Believers in Christian circles say, she added, “Jesus died, but…”
But you still have to work for salvation.
But He didn’t die for all your sins.
But He didn’t die for all your sicknesses.
But He sometimes heals and sometimes doesn’t.
But He is unpredictable. You never know what God will do.
But He can’t save a murder, liar, thief.
We always have some kind of reason why Jesus’ death on the Cross wasn’t enough.
But the truth is that Jesus’ death on the Cross was complete.
He died for all our sins–past, present and future (II Corinthians 5:21).
He died for all our sicknesses–past, present and future (I Peter 2:24).
He redeemed us from the curses that came upon us because of Adam and Eve’s sin (Galatians 3:13).
His death was complete. There is nothing in our lives that Jesus’ death didn’t cover.
I’ve seen well-meaning television preachers insisting that you must give an atonement offering every year.
Why? Is that atonement offering going to save you? Heal you? Protect you? Prosper you? Is that atonement offering able to forgive your sins? No!
Only Jesus can do those things. Only Jesus was the Ultimate Offering for us.
Another offering is not necessary and is probably insulting to God. It is like saying, “I know You died, Jesus, but really, what You did isn’t enough for me. I’d rather do it myself.”
It’s when we have this attitude that we lose sight of what Jesus did for us. The awesomeness of it.
It’s not about you. What you can do. What you can say. What you have to do to win God’s favor.
Everything is about what Jesus did for you. Get your eyes off how to score points with God and focus on what Jesus did.
When the children of Israel became sick, God told Moses to erect a brass serpent. As they looked at it, healing came to them. When they didn’t, they remained sick.
Look to our brass serpent, the Lord Jesus Christ. As long as you keep your eyes focused on Him, you will be healed. Remove your eyes from Him and stay in your sickness, your poverty, your sins, your mess. The choice is yours.
– Annagail Lynes