the sacrifice of jesus christ

people on tumblr who say you believe in jesus, listen to me. younger christians, struggling christians, I’m thinking specially of those who have believed in God for a long time but who are just beginning to warm to politics and social justice: you gotta hear this. you can’t have jesus if you’re not fighting sin. that means you can’t have jesus and witchcraft. you can’t have jesus and your own way with your sexuality. you can’t have jesus and your hatred for those who disagree with you politically. you can’t have jesus and a fun little heresy. you can’t have jesus and your own free decision on what to do about your dysphoria. “by no means! how can those who have died to sin still live in it?” “so glorify God in your body.” following jesus is not a salad bar where you can pick which of his teachings you like and which don’t suit you. now, for those who pursue Jesus despite the sacrifice, you will gain christ, and with him, everything else, eternal reward. jesus told a story about someone who found a treasure in a field and sold everything he owned to buy that field. that looks crazy to a world that can’t see the treasure. it looks like you’re giving up everything for nothing. but if you want to gain the most beautiful glorious treasure on earth, you have to surrender everything else you hold dear to his will. if you’re struggling with same-sex attraction or dysphoria or temptation and you feel like tumblr’s worldview is the only comforting one, reach out to someone who will tell you the truth. the people of jesus need each other. talk to me, i want to help and ive been there, specifically ive struggled with dysphoria (albeit mild) and temptation with sexual purity. but this is life and death and you have to think about your beliefs before you accept whatever’s easiest. and remember, there is no more condemnation for those who are in christ jesus.

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

Hebrews 10:11-14 (NKJV)
And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

anonymous asked:

If you could only pick one Bible verse to preach from, which one would it be?

Romans 3:23-26

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood— to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished — he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Jesus cried in a loud voice, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46
Did you know why Jesus was abandoned on the cross? Because of our sin.
The Father literally had to abandon His Son as He hung on the cross. In a very real sense, the Father turned His back on the Son He loved so much. For the punishment of our sins to be complete, the Son had to face and endure the rejection that we deserve for our sins. The sense of abandonment He went through must have been immeasurable, that must have been the worst moment for Him.
Jesus paid for your sins so you wouldn’t have to. He took the wrath that you deserve so you could know forgiveness.
How do you respond to this love, this great sacrifice?
Have you really put your faith in Jesus Christ and what He did for you on the cross?
Don’t put off till tomorrow, you never know what tomorrow holds. Today is the day of salvation.

God's Marvels: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

            The breakout star of the movie Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 was thought to be the dancing sensation of Baby Groot, but I would argue that it was someone else. For me, the star of this movie was the Yondu, the blue-skinned alien who made a name for himself as part of the space-pirating group, the Ravagers. However, before you can understand why it is Yondu that ties this film together, you have to understand the bigger theme of the movie.

            This film is all about family and heritage. Peter Quill, the leader of the Guardians, doesn’t know who his real father is. He comes to find out that it is a man (if you can call him that) named Ego, and although Peter is infatuated with the man at first, he comes to find out that Ego isn’t who Peter thought he was.

            Humans have a Father in Heaven, God, but we don’t often turn to Him as a father. We run to other things for comfort, help, and support. When you are struggling to make ends meet, do you frantically check your bank account or pray to God for your “daily bread”? When you’ve had a really tough day and need a pick-me-up, do you remember the love and promises of God, or do you turn to vices like drugs and alcohol? You may say, “Not me,” and think your better than others, but there are other things you can rely on above God, the compliments of people or the pleasures of the world. We, sadly, often claim all of these things above the Father in Heaven who made us, and like Ego and Peter, we quickly find out that they let us down. The money runs out, the bottle becomes empty, and the people who we might have once called friends may leave us. We are left feeling empty and missing something.

            In the film, Peter had another father figure, the Ravager Yondu, who raised him. Although Yondu is not perfect (I mean he did kind of abduct Peter off the Earth), he provides for Peter’s needs, feeding him, clothing him, and teaching him what he needed to know to live the life of a space pirate. In the final battle of this movie, faced with only one spacesuit, Yondu chooses to give it to Peter, and sacrifices himself so that his “child” may live. It is an act that not only saved Peter Quill’s life, but redeems all the bad in Yondu’s past.

            The only difference between this story and reality is that it is us, not our father that has faults. But the solution of sacrifice is the same, and while we can’t sacrifice enough to make up for our sins and errors, God can. So he sent Jesus, the perfect sacrifice, into the world to die on the cross. It is God our Father who loved us enough to sacrifice for us. He is our true dad.

            At the end of the film, Peter Quill recognizes Yondu as his true dad, though not by DNA. The same can be said of Jesus. When He came to Earth, not many people recognized Him for who He was, the Son of God, redeemer of the world, but through His sacrifice we are welcomed back into His family, rectified and made right with God the Father.

When Jesus looked down from the cross, he didn’t think “I am giving myself to you because you are so attractive to me.” No, he was in agony, and he looked down at us - denying him, abandoning him, and betraying him - and in the greatest act of love in history, he STAYED. He said, “Father, forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing.” He loved us, not because we were lovely to him, but to make us lovely.
—  Timothy Keller

The Cross by Dave Linscheid

So a couple of days I go I wrote this for @jeusus‘s magnificent viking Hux and the support I got was kind of overwhelming and a lot of you seemed to want me to write some more so uh, have whatever this is I guess? (under a readmore cause it’s a little longer than I want to put on some unsuspecting person’s dashboard >.<)

(also sorry Jeusus I wrote this before I read your headcanon post so I know some things don’t quite match up but I hope that’s okay!)

Kylo, too his credit, had tried to be a gracious host for the man who would become his husband. He had taken the wild creature into his home, placed him at the dining table and served him food, a meal of delicious fruits and cheeses. He had tried to make small talk with him, tried to get to know him before they were to be officially wed.

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Tava tendo um momento com Deus e começou a tocar uma música e ela falava assim: “Tudo que há em mim, quero te ofertar. Mas, ainda é pouco eu sei, se comparado ao que ganhei.” E isso tocou muito meu coração. Mano, na letra fala “TUDO que há em mim”, se você ofertando TUDO que há em você ainda é pouco em comparação ao sacrifício que Jesus fez por você, imagina o quão pouco é o que VOCÊ entrega pra Ele. Você acha que tirar uma hora do seu dia para estar na presença de Deus é muito, mas você se esquece que Ele deu seu filho para morrer no teu lugar. Está na hora de reconhecer que o que estamos fazendo não é suficiente. Não podemos nos contentar com um nível raso, ansei ir mais profundo em Deus, em viver o sobrenatural na sua vida. Ele tem muito mais pra te ofertar, mas você se contentou com o nível raso. Leia: (Filipenses 3:7-11) Paulo fala que aquilo que antes tinha valor pra ele, agora não tem mais, por causa de Cristo. Ansei chegar em um lugar em Deus onde nada mais tenha valor, onde tudo o que importa é estar na presença dEle. Precisamos parar de perguntar até onde podemos ir sem pecar a começarmos a perguntar até onde podemos renunciar para estar mais perto do Pai. Quando você abre mão das coisas que você gosta para estar na presença de Deus, você vai mais profundo nEle. Oferte a Deus aquilo que Ele nem te pediu. Abra mão dos seus desejos, das coisas que tem valor para você, afim de que Jesus tenha todo o seu coração.