Wednesday, December 28, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.- 1 Corinthians 1 : 18
LISTEN: The gospel of Christ is the gospel of the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ was born with the good message of the Kingdom of God. His message is a message of hope, joy, reconciliation and life to those who accept Him and turn from their wicked ways; but a message of condemnation and death to those who reject Him and His message. He came with a message of reconciliation – that God has forgiven mankind and restored the paradise lost in Eden. However, the forgiveness and restoration is dependent on one’s faith in Him (Christ). Without faith in Him, His message will not profit you anything.
Jesus Christ began His ministry with this message as recorded in the bible, “…Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 4 : 17). After the birth of Jesus Christ was His ministry. He unveiled to the people the purpose of His coming (birth). In one occasion in the temple at Jerusalem, when He was handed out a scroll to read; He opened the scripture and read out what was written concerning Him thus: Now Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and the regaining of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to tell them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled even as you heard it being read.” (Luke 4 : 16 – 21).
Beloved, before Christ was born, God’s prophets had already predicted both His birth and mission on earth. His mission is to save, heal and restore mankind to their original position. Hence His call to everyone is to turn from his or her evil ways and embrace righteousness in Him. Unfortunately, this message of repentance sounds foolish to the ears of those who are perishing. Those who have chosen the way of death have totally rejected this good news of Christ. But those who have chosen eternal life understands the mystery of His message – that it is life-given. Beloved, whose side are you? Christ’s, or Satan’s? Make your choice today. Remember, it is not God’s will that any should perish.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not reject the gospel of Christ if your dream is to spend eternity with God.
2. Acknowledge the fact that there is no life or salvation in any other but Christ alone.
3. Examine your life and amend your ways. Endeavour to make peace with God as quickly as possible.
4. In your own little way, spread the gospel of Christ to the world.
Daily Task: Make yourself a mobile pulpit for the gospel of Christ. Determine to preach Christ in your home, office, market, school, etc.
Daily Reflection: The gospel of Christ is mercy, restoration and life to the penitent sinner, but condemnation and death to unrepentant sinners.
Daily Prayer: Most High God, I thank you for the gospel, for your word is life. Therefore, enable me to proclaim the gospel of Christ till my last day on earth, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, you will not perish. You will not die without God. He will revive you with His word and cause you to be a vessel in His hands in Jesus’ name.