Saturday, December 29, 2012

Brand New Bloodline


…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”  –Abraham Lincoln

I was all packed and ready to set sail on an exotic cruise early the next morning, or so I thought.  I woke up in the middle of the night, thinking, “Oh no, my PASSPORT.”  No amount of money could fix the fact that I’d left my passport behind without any hope of retrieving it in time.  I called customer service only to have them transfer me multiple times.  Finally, they let me know that if I had a birth certificate then I could go.  I understood God’s grace in a new way: based on our sin nobody would get the pass to go and everyone would have missed the boat, but God made another way for us to go to Heaven.  This has nothing to do with the family you were born into, your gender, past mistakes, or the color of your skin—it has everything to do with Whom you believe in.  If you believe that Jesus shed His blood for you on the cross then you are born again into a new bloodline; you are given a brand new birth certificate!  It’s not because we deserved to go, but because our Heavenly Father put His foot down and said, “No—they’re with me.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16, NIV). 

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