Cornerstone Baptist Church

"That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." "For whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:9, 13)

With Palm Sunday and Easter approaching, I am reminded that life is not a matter of chance, but an important matter of choice. Many have made a wise choice (with no regrets) to love, and to serve the God who created them and to follow Jesus Christ the Son who loves them. This is unconditional love that endures.

LOVE THAT ENDURES: It will always require sacrifice! It takes consistent dedication. It is not always easy, as we have witnessed through reading the scriptural records of the experiences Christ faced in life and death throughout His ministry. Billy Graham was quoted as stating he never met one person in his lifetime who regretted giving his or her life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It is beneficial to our journey on this earth. It is worth the eternal outcome!

THE OUTCOME: Outcome is the proof. Living a life with hope, peace and joy; building bonded lasting relationships; and after death, eternal life with God the Father in heaven. The reality of life on this earth is that it is not an easy road! We live in a broken world. The reality of true lasting love in a relationship with the Son of God, the living Christ, is that it requires sacrifice, but the outcomes are positive with blessings and countless eternal rewards.

BASIC TRUTH: True love always requires sacrifice. Jesus willingly sacrificed His life shedding His blood, paying the price for our sin's debt, on a cruel cross. He was freely willing in order to break the chains and set us free from the consequences of our sins. Why? Because as the only begotten Son, He possessed His Father's "Agape" type love for us. There is no greater love than the love required to lay down one's own life for the redemption (saving) of another. Jesus the Christ obeyed His Father out of sacrificial love. He is our example to follow in true "Agape Love." Scripture teaches that there is no difference in how to love others while living here on earth or how to love God the Father. The word translated in the inspired word of God for this special love is from the word "Agape." That is, unselfish, unconditional sacrificial love!

CELEBRATE: This Easter season acknowledge and celebrate Jesus Christ and the Father's unconditional love demonstrated in sacrificing His Only Begotten Son on a cruel cross. This is the Gospel; the life, death and resurrection of our Savior.

CHOOSE TO LIVE AND LOVE: Choose to live by the example demonstrated to us more than 2000 years ago. As we celebrate the many aspects of Easter, be reminded we celebrate because Jesus did not remain in the tomb. Many eye witnesses of Jesus alive and speaking to them proclaimed their testimony. HE IS RISEN! He IS ALIVE! This is not all there is. There is God given hope. "I go and prepare a place for you..." Eternal life in heaven is being prepared for those of us who choose to follow the Christ.... It is a matter of choice not chance!

by Jane Barrick