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Revelation 5: 1-3 ” Then I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?’ But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.”

The angel was asking, who is worthy?  Who is deserving enough, with the power and capability to loosen the seals of the scroll?  And it says… there was no one.  Certainly it couldn’t be sinful man, for like Isaiah when he saw the Lord, we’d all have to exclaim, “Woe to me! I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips.”  But there is One that is worthy of opening the scroll. Only one that lived a perfect and sinless life here on earth.  His name is Jesus Christ, the Worthy One.

Hebrews 2:14-15 ” Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”

Jesus Christ took on flesh and walked among us…fully man, yet fully God.  For death is the destiny of every man. (Ecclesiastes 7:2)  Yet Jesus came to earth to give us freedom and victory over death.  “Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (Hosea 13:14)  So we no longer need to fear death…for Jesus came to set us free.

Ephesians 5:25 ” Husbands, love your wives, just like Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her.”

In a marriage, men are to look to Jesus as the example.  For Jesus spoke of the Church as His bride and He the bridegroom.  Jesus demonstrated His love for His bride by willingly dying in her place.  This type of love is devoted, selfless, and sacrificing.  It’s a love that cherishes, values, and treats as precious another person.  In modern language, it’s a love that would take a bullet for her.

Hebrews 7:25 ” Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.”

What does the Gospel mean to you?  I’ve been thinking about this all week in preparation for a meeting this Sunday.  To me, it boils down to Religion vs Relationship.  It’s the difference between ceremony and connection, liturgy and linkage, ritual and relationship.  For Religion is mostly man-made, piling on the things we can’t do…while a Relationship with Jesus Christ is about freedom.  It’s about freedom from sin and death and freedom from the Law we can never keep.  But the biggest difference between Religion and Relationship is this…Religion can’t save you.  Only Jesus Christ who lived a perfectly sinless life has the ability to bring you into His glorious Kingdom and eternal life…it’s only through Jesus that you can make your way back to God.

John 19: 15-16 ” But they shouted, ‘Take Him away! Take Him away! Crucify Him!’ ‘Shall I crucify your King? asked Pilate. ‘We have no King but Caesar,’ answered the chief priests. Finally Pilate handed Him over to them to be crucified. “

It could have me with that agitated crowd yelling, “Crucify Him!”  Or worse yet, it could have me standing within that frenzied crowd too scared to open my mouth and object to the injustice I was witnessing.  Would I have just stood there silently condoning the atrocity as it played out before me, more afraid of man than God?  Yes, that could have been me.

Hebrews 10:4 ” Because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins…”

What does being a “good person” mean to you?  Maybe your list contains all the things you do.  You donate, you volunteer, you help your neighbor.  Or maybe your “good person” list contains all the things you don’t do.  You don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs.  You don’t swear, or watch X rated movies.  All of us have mental lists that make up what being a “good person” constitutes.  But just being a “good person” will not get us to heaven…for our eternal life is not hinged on anything we will ever do or not do.  That’s because it’s only by the blood of Jesus and His sacrifice for us that we can have the hope of eternity with Him.  The very foundation of Christian faith is based on this one truth…Jesus Christ came to save the world from sin and He is the only way to God…for just being a “good person” will never rescue you from going to Hell.

John 4:13-14 ” Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thrist. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ “

Jesus spoke several times in John about this idea of water and thirst.  John 6:35 says, “He who believes in Me will never be thirsty.”  and in John 7:38, Jesus quoted the Old Testament from Isaiah 58:11, when He said,  “You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”  Thirst is a very strong desire.  It’s a longing to fill the dryness within us…whether with actual water, or spiritual water.  For within us all is this God-shaped emptiness…but sadly,  we will spend our entire lifetime trying to fill this emptiness with the wrong type of water.  Arid and parched,  we search for everything and  anything to satisfy our thirst…but every time we think we’ve found it, the water dries up and we thirst again.   It’s finally not until we find that Well of Living Water that we can drink and be fully satisfied.