Oddly, he came to his own people, but they rejected him. Apparently, Christ didn't come the way they expected. He didn't arrive on a white horse with a gleaming sword to rescue them from their earthly enemies.
Christ died for the sins of the world according to the scriptures. He was buried in someone else's tomb, and three days later, he rose from the dead. For the next forty days he showed himself alive to as many as 500 of his followers. He then commanded his remaining disciples to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth.
The gospel of Jesus Christ they preached some 2000 years ago in Jerusalem is the same life saving gospel today. It hasn't changed one bit. It is the gospel of death and burial and resurrection. It is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believeth. It is the strait gate and the narrow way that leads unto life everlasting. Is that what you want today? Eternal life?
Just as Christ died for our sins, so we must lay down our own lives. Jesus said, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 16:25) Losing our lives this way is called repentance. It is confessing and forsaking our sins and a turning away from our wicked ways to receive mercy.
And just as Christ was buried, so we must be buried with him by baptism in Jesus' name for the remission of our sins. Sin is not traded away or wished away, but must be washed away by the perfect blood of the Lamb of God that was slain from the foundation of the world. Every single soul recorded in the scriptures was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.
Just as Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, so we must die. Just as Christ was buried, so we must be buried with him by baptism. And just as Christ rose from the dead, so we should rise to walk in newness of life.
When Peter preached the first gospel message to the guilt ridden crowd gathered in Jerusalem, he said, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (Acts 2:38-39)
Don't stop short of receiving all of God's promises for and your family! Receive the Holy Ghost today! Ask the Lord for it. It is the Spirit of Truth which the world cannot receive, but is given by God to them who obey him. It is the Spirit of Christ in us offering comfort and life changing power that will one day quicken our mortal bodies to escape this world and to be ever with the Lord.
Friends, the wrath of Almighty God is fast approaching this world. And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. (Luke 17:26-27)
Don't let that day catch you unaware. Listen to the voice of God in your heart today, even right now. Believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Repent of your sins. Don't make excuses or try to justify yourself. Confess them and forsake them. Be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus and let the blood Christ wash away all the sin and filth of this life, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
Begin a new life in Christ today!