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Just like getting on the back of a bull or reaching out to grab that steer, finding salvation takes courage.
It means looking closely at yourself and your beliefs and, as an adult, overcoming the challenge of believing in something you cannot see or touch with what might require child-
Jesus was real. Beyond what we see in the Bible, he was a real, walking, talking, historical figure verified in more than the Bible itself.
But He was much more than just a prophet or a good teacher as many describe him-
And like the courage needed to compete in any rodeo sport, finding salvation means finding the courage to believe with all your heart that Jesus was the Son of God.
Think of the rage an infant is capable of expressing, untaught, to understand we’re born into sin and it is that sin that separates us from God. Isaiah 59:2, "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that he will not hear".
But while God shows both wrath and love, he is also just and in his justice, sin must be punished.
Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord".
But as the last part of that verse tells us, God is also good and has provided a gift to us in his Son, Jesus Christ.
John 3:16, “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.”
Christ was sent to die for our sins, to receive God’s wrath before being resurrected so that through our faith in Jesus and our belief in his life, death and resurrection, we could be ‘saved’; given eternal life in Heaven because through Jesus we could reconciled with God. Jesus paid the penalty we deserved for our sin.
Sometimes we don’t like some of the rules in a particular rodeo or bull riding association’s rule book but those are their rules and we have to accept them because it is the only way that it’s fair for everyone. For God to be just, sin has to be punished and all sin is looked at equally. Sometimes we find it hard to accept that God could punish an essentially good person with a life in Hell but those are the rules that make it fair for everyone since there is no denying we all have sinned in some form, big or small. And we all have the same opportunity to accept Christ as our savior so that we can be forgiven from our sins and made whole, able to be in God’s presence when we die.
Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
The Bible documents the willingness of Jesus to die an agonizing death, nailed to a cross. It documents His resurrection three days later and the preparation of His disciples to spread the word of salvation to the rest of the world.
Since that day almost 2000 years ago, generation after generation of Christians have been spreading that message, helping others find Christ and invite Him into their lives.
If you can find the courage to ride a bull or wrestle a steer, can you find the courage to ask Jesus into your life?