Unless you are a Chicago Cubs fan, you don’t understand all the excitement, hope and celebration surrounding the team’s 2015 National League Division Series win. Cubs fans have lived through decades of losses, seasons of drought when there have been no championship celebrations, and years of humiliation at being eliminated from the post season before the All-Star break. The Cubs fans’ mantra for more than 100 years has been Wait ‘til next year. This season, next year is now, and joy is flowing through the hearts of fans.
I was thinking that unless you are a Christian, you just don’t understand the hope and joy that comes from knowing Jesus Christ has conquered sin and death and reigns victoriously for all eternity. Only Christians understand Jesus died on a cross so they could be saved from sin and death through His loving sacrifice. Christians know that God can’t tolerate sin in His presence. Sinners can dwell with God only when their sin has been covered, so that is why Christ endured God’s punishment intended for our sin. His blood covers sin.
Through Christ all are reconciled to God, and those who have faith in Christ will share the jubilation and everlasting life that come from knowing Christ is risen by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This matter is too important to wait until next year. So, Christian, pray God’s Spirit will teach all people the truth of Christ’s life, death and resurrection through the Holy Spirit.
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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