The return of Jesus Christ portends the most momentous events we could ever imagine.
At a time of heightened drama and distress, when faith is at its lowest, Jesus Christ returns! The question is: are you ready?
Unless we repent, we will perish. Repentance is total change, leaving our former life of sin for the redeemed life in Jesus. Repentance is a deep, contrite sorrow, and a desire to change into a completely new life.
Sin's hold is strong, but God's grace is stronger. We must change, and grow into the stature and knowledge of Jesus.
We were all once slaves to sin, self and Satan. Someone paid the "redemption" price to free us from that. Meet Jesus!
No one except Jesus can redeem us from certain death. And He did it by taking on Himself our sin, and paying the death penalty on our behalf. That's what the centre-piece of grace, faith and righteousness looks like.
It is impossible to achieve righteousness on our own no matter how "nice" we are. Righteousness is a gift, bequeathed by a loving God on those who believe in Him and His Word.
God sees those who repent, receive Jesus, and believe in Him as righteous. Thus, right-eousness is borne from faith.
The Biblical narrative is one of progressive revelation. The prophets of old, according to Jesus, longed to have known and experienced what His disciples did. And, by the Holy Spirit, God continues to make His will known today. Start now with "The revelation of Jesus Christ..."
He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says.
Historically barley was always the early harvest, and its significance under the new covenant speaks of our calling now to eternal life. Likened in scripture as the harvest "firstfruits", Jesus' resurrection pioneers the way for many disciples to likewise follow! 3 min.