Summary: For many today is a day of great joy. Not because Jesus was born, but because there is a gift with their name on it. Many have rejected the greastest gift of all which is Jesus Christ. Many have chosen, money, drugs, alcohol, a man or a woman instead
“A God of Second Chances”
“¡El Dios de otra oportunidad!”
12/24/2006 - Marsing, ID
“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
“Porque ¿de qué aprovecha al hombre, si granjeare todo el mundo, y perdiere su alma? O ¿qué recompensa dará el hombre por su alma?”
“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”(NIV)
For many today is a day of great joy. Not because Jesus was born, but because there is a gift with their name on it.
Many have rejected the greastest gift of all which is Jesus Christ. Many have chosen, money, drugs, alcohol, a man or a woman instead of Jesus.
The question the scripture asks is:
“What will a man profit, if he gains the whole world, yet loses his own soul?”
What will he/she gain, by having fame, money, position, entertainment or any other pleasure this world has to offer.
That is why Jesus is the God of “Second Chances”.
We have all sinned, we have all made mistakes, the question is when will you stop making the same mistakes.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
“Por cuanto todos pecaron, y están distituídos de la gloria de Dios.”
• One night in 1935, Mayor LaGuardia of New York, showed up at a night court in the poorest ward of the city. The judge of that district had a reputation for being jaded and harsh in his sentences. If you went before him you know you would get the maximum sentence the law allowed.
On this particular occasion, La Guardia dismissed the judge for the evening and took over the bench himself. One case involved an elderly woman who was caught stealing bread to feed her grandchildren. La Guardia said after she pleaded guilty to the crime, “I have to punish you. Ten dollars or ten days in jail.” It was obvious she couldn’t pay.
So the judge out of his own pocket paid the fine for her. He then fined everyone in the courtroom 50 cents for living in a city “where a person has to steal bread so that her grandchildren can eat.” The hat was passed around, and the woman left the courtroom with her fine paid and an additional $47.50 in her purse.
“11"For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. " 12"How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? " 13"And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. " 14"Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.”
“11Porque el Hijo del hombre ha venido para salvar lo que se había perdido. 12¿Qué os parece? Si tuviese algún hombre cien ovejas, y se descarriase una de ellas, ¿no iría por los montes, dejadas las noventa y nueve, á buscar la que se había descarriado? 13Y si aconteciese hallarla, de cierto os digo, que más se goza de aquélla, que de las noventa y nueve que no se descarriaron. 14Así, no es la voluntad de vuestro Padre que está en los cielos, que se pierda uno de estos pequeños.”
Just as we saw in this play, there are many young people and old people, who step away from the faith, but Jesus died on the cross so they can return to the faith, return home.
The truth is we all make mistakes, there was only one that was without sin, and He was cruficied on a cross. That’s why when Peter preached on the day of Pentecost, there was about 3,000 who heard the preaching, and it touched their heart, they knew they had to change their lifestyle so they asked Peter “what shall we do to be saved?”
Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
• A little boy went out to the ballfield by himself, wearing his baseball cap and carrying a bat and ball. In his eye was the look of steely determination. He was so full of confidence that he put his bat on his shoulder, tossed the ball into the air, and said, “I’m the greatest batter in the world ” But he swung and missed. “Strike one,” he said.