Do As I Say

Not As I Do

by Pastor John Hamel


For Christ also hath ONCE suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”  (1 Peter 3:18)


One afternoon after a time spent studying for a service I was to be conducting, I stopped to check the News.  Putting on a local television station there in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I was shocked and horrified to find myself watching “Breaking News”.  


As I watched, a man doused himself with gasoline, lit a match and exploded into flames.  I was sickened deep inside.  Someone jumped on him with a blanket or a coat, beating the flames until they were extinguished.  


As the burned man lay there with smoke literally rising up off of him, someone shouted, “Why did you do it?  Why did you do it?”  The horribly burned man gasped, “To atone for my sins.”  


My heart broke as the above verse of Scripture came to mind, “Christ has suffered ONCE …”  Once is enough!


How many other people over the past 2,000 years since Christ paid for our sins, have done what this tormented man did?  How many others have tried to do for themselves what Christ has already done for us all? 


Man simply does not have to pay the penalty for his own sins if he’ll accept Christ’s sacrifice on his behalf.  Jesus, the Bible says, became sin and spent three days in Hell – all on behalf of fallen man.


“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”  (Matthew 12:40)


“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”  (2Corinthians 5:21)


All one must do now is tell God that they trust in Jesus’ sacrifice on their behalf and then ask Christ to be their Savior.  To do this simply say, “Jesus, You’re my choice” (Romans 10:13) and you’ll instantly acquire a brand new relationship with God – with all sins paid in full. 


Jesus explained it this way to a religious leader who had come to Him.


“…Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”  (John 3:3,6)


Jesus was saying this.  “The first time you are born, you are birthed physically through a woman.  The second time you are born or “Born Again”, you are birthed into the Spirit realm through Me, your Savior.”  It’s just that simple. 


There’s no mystery to being “Born Again.”  It’s nothing to be confused by or ashamed of.  It’s the way God in His love has provided for sin’s penalty to be fully paid by Jesus.


It’s futile to attempt to pay the penalty for our own sins.  Jesus has already done that.  Don’t try to re-do what He has done.  It’s not possible to “go back to the Cross” and do it again.  The Bible says once was enough! 


Do as Jesus said and accept the “Born Again” experience! 


Jesus is saying to you today, “DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO!”


Be Blessed … John and Barbara Hamel



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