Opossums (aka: possums) get a bad rap. Where I live, people consider opossums to be a stupid animal, so much so that when you hear the old joke, “Why did the chicken cross the road, ” the punch line is frequently, “to show the opossum that it can be done.”
Poor possum – no respect.
However it has been told that the opossum has one trait that is not only unique, it is lifesaving. An opossum will not enter a hole unless there are two sets of tracks; one going in and one coming out. For the timid opossum it certainly would be foolish, and possibly fatal, to enter a place that was already occupied.
Why Did You Cross the Road?
Why do Christians believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior? We certainly did not cross the road to see Jesus upon a cross. Hearing this opossum-tale, I am reminded of the Apostle Paul’s words to the Corinthians.
If Christ is not risen, your faith is futile
Examine the facts: our Jesus was crucified, dead, and buried, and on the third day, He rose again. Just like the opossum, we have the proof that Jesus entered and exited! What makes Christ’s resurrection even more magnificent is that He said He was going to do it. Oh what a fatal move it would be to reject Christ Jesus and walk into a false religion where there are no footprints; no proofs whatsoever.
And (Jesus) began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. Mark 8:31
The Mystery Revealed
How can you keep news like this to yourself? Christ’s resurrection is not a story or a fairy-tale, but the solution to our separation problem. By this feat we have living proof that through Christ alone we may have eternal life with Him in Heaven. This is not only news worth telling, it is news each believer is mandated to tell. Have you told your children? Have you told your friendly neighbors? Have you told your not-so-friendly neighbors? Have you told a someone living on the edges of the earth?
Have you crossed the road?
If you haven’t, it’s probably because you have not been convinced of these facts. Perhaps to you all these accounts seem silly and absurd. If that is the case; if it all seems foolish to you, then you need to know God agrees with your assessment. Oh not that the accounts themselves are foolish, but that you perceive them to be as such. God goes on to provide the explanation as to why you feel as you do in 1 Corinthians 2:14…
The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Did you catch the reason? In order to understand these things; in order to see these occurrences as the facts that they are; as the truth, you need the Holy Spirit to come reside in you. That occurs when you say by faith, “God, I don’t understand, but I believe.” If you’re willing to take Jesus at His word without seeing the proof up front, He will reward you by revealing the truth as you walk in your faith; not all at once, but significant pieces as you require them.
What must you believe?
Incredibly the first thing you must acknowledge is something you do have proof of — that you ARE a sinner. This is the first critical step. If you cannot admit this truth; even to yourself, then there is no hope of you ever crossing the road.
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
Then understand by faith that sin (even one sin) separates us from God. Eternally speaking that means you cannot enter Heaven. Please understand that every human being will live forever, but only the faithful get to spend eternity with the Lord. If you reject Jesus on earth, He will respect your wishes and not be with you in Heaven. The place where God is not is called hell. Simply put, Heaven is God-filled, and hell is God-less. Because of its Godlessness, hell is also a place of horrible torment; it is not a place where you will hang out with all your old buddies.
The Bible declares in Romans 6:23 that, “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 5:8 proclaims, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” By faith, and without understanding, believe this.
Romans 10:9, continues, “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Nowhere does it say you have to understand it. Trust that comprehension will come later on!
Romans 8:1 rightfully concludes, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Today is the day!
Want to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior right now? Then tell Him. Talking to God respectfully is called prayer. He is faithful to listen and respond to the faithful. Here is a prayer you can pray:
“God, I confess that I have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment. I believe by faith that Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that I could be forgiven. I turn away from my sin and by faith, I turn to Jesus. With your help, I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your grace and forgiveness and the gift of eternal life! Amen!”
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