Sunday Bun! Real Hope and Change!
Posted by lamarzulli on November 4, 2012
L. A. Marzulli
John 3: 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
(You will notice I have given the “bun” a face lift!)
In 2008 Barack Hussein Obama promised Hope and Change. In my opinion we got very little of that and instead as a nation, became even more in debt, and watched as Big Government became even bigger. I would admonish everyone here to vote on Tuesday, as it’s important we do so. I for one will not vote for Obama as his brand of hope and change seeks to control more of my life and so will vote for Romney, but I’m not holding my breath either.
Let’s move on.
We see the above scripture spread out on banners at sports events, printed on T-shirts, coffee mugs, and even pulled behind planes on a hot summer day at the beach! This single line may be, in my opinion, the most amazing and important scripture found in the Bible. It outlines the “contract” between God – the REAL one – and all human beings on this planet, in very plain and easy to understand language. It certainly isn’t a 2000 page health-care bill is it?
Here’s the back story. Jesus is speaking to Nicodemus, a Pharisee or religious leader of the Jews. He has come to Jesus at night because he is afraid of ridicule, but he knew about the miracles Jesus has done and is more than curious as to who He is. Jesus tells Nicodemus, he must be born again and Nicodemus, doesn’t have clue as to what this means. Jesus explains to him that unless a man is born again, by the spirit, he can not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Then Jesus outlines the “deal” and it is so simple and yet most men and women don’t get it. My first mentor Wayne Kendall used to say if it were more complicated than this we would never “get it.” Wayne was right and so let’s look at it.
…..that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
When we believe in Him, by confessing with our mouth, He is the only begotten Son, and admit all the nasty stuff we do to each other like lying, cheating, lusting, hating, ect, and ask to be forgiven of that junk, then we have eternal life. It’s that simple and in its simplicity, being born again is the REAL hope and change the world needs.
When I was born again 32 years ago, it was and continues to be the most important, ongoing, experience in my life. It’s not a set of rules or regulations, or trying to be good, because we can’t, instead being born again is a moment by moment relationship with the REAL God of the universe. It is ours by just asking for it. We can’t buy it from a religious huckster on TV, or get it by giving all our money after we die to some church. We ask and He gives us the gift, then His spirit is then put into us and when that happens we begin to change.
In closing today’s Bun. I was looking at our Blog Stat’s yesterday. There are people from all over the world who come here. If you are one of those people who don’t know Him, I would admonish you today, to ask Him into your life. Believe on Him who was sent here for us. Believe in Him and you will have eternal life. Being born again is the real hope and change this world needs… For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
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