Mmmm Spicy Moroccan Eggs with Haloumi Cheese & Coffee Mmmm
In Sydney, we have a vibrant cafe culture with great coffee & yummy food!
But that’s not the only food that is mouth-watering.
At Bible College this semester, I’m eating big mouthfuls of the New Testament.
14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:the old has gone, the new is here!
18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God.
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
2000 years ago the city of Corinth in Greece was world famous for sexual immorality.
The ceremonial worship in Temple of Aphrodite (goddess of love) involved prostitution.
Ordinary citizens were often promiscuously infatuated with unnatural sexual relations.
Even some of the Corinthian Christians were boasting about their sexual exploits.
Fast forward to today and nothing has changed: our World is obsessed with Sex!
Paul wrote this letter to remind readers of the gospel message.
Many of us have read the Bible or heard that Jesus died on a cross.
But why did he have to die and why is this significant?
The Bible passage above is a great summary of the Good News that Christians celebrate.
From the Old Testament, God required a perfect spotless lamb to be sacrificed every year.
This sacrifice allowed humans to atone for their sins and be declared righteous before God.
In the New Testament, Jesus took on this role of the sacrificial “Lamb”.
When Jesus lived on Earth he led a perfect sinless life.
So he was the only one on Earth able to die for others providing atonement.
We deserved to die for our own sins but Jesus took our sin on himself and died in our place.
So in Jesus, we can be declared righteous before God and have a relationship with Him.
God no longer counts our sins against us because of the cross of Christ.
Jesus died for all Christians once and for all.
So we don’t have to go through the Jewish ritual of atonement year after year.
Our old self has been crucified with Jesus and we have been given new lives.
So if we now trust Jesus, why would we return to the sins in our past?
If we were sexually immoral before, why would we choose to return to this promiscuity?
The cross of Christ is at the centre of every Christian’s life.
We are now his ambassadors telling everyone we meet about this Good News.
As God’s representatives on Earth, it is our mission to make Jesus known to everyone.
Are you confident that God will declare you righteous when you meet Him?
Is Jesus at the centre of your life and how has he transformed your life & actions?
As a Christian, are you still involved with sexual sin?
How are you going with sharing the Good News with your family, friends & neighbours?
mmmm Bible mmmm
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