January 25th

The Lasting Change Redemption Brings

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem…to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect. Hebrews 12:22-23

Excuse me, but can you show me the way to Mount Zion? I hear that’s where my eternal home is and I want to know how to get there. Because, well, I tried Mount Sinai, but I couldn’t find my home there.

All of us face this choice-Mount Sinai represents the law, Mount Zion represents God’s love-which one do you want? You have to choose whether you think you work your way to Heaven or recognize that you can’t make it on your own and need God’s grace to save you.

But the truth is that you can’t save yourself. You can fool yourself into trying, but you’ll fail. You need a Savior. That’s why Jesus came to die and be raised again for you.

Why don’t more people embrace this offer of pre-paid salvation? Well, there are a number of reasons actually.

First, there’s a lack of interest. I mean, it’s not like the word hasn’t gone out. Jesus declared the good news of redemption and the apostles confirmed this word, and it has traveled through history to us today, but not everyone has received it. Not everyone is interested.

Second, some people don’t believe. It doesn’t matter if you tell them that they can have free salvation, because they just don’t believe you.

Third, some don’t want to hear it. They have grown dull of hearing, whether because they think they’ve heard it before, or maybe because they’re stubbornly clinging to other things. Whatever the reason, they just don’t want to hear it.

Fourth, they say they tried it, but that it’s not for them; it didn’t work. Right, like Jesus ever failed at something. Jesus’ redemption changes our lives, so if their life didn’t change, they weren’t really listening to believe in their heart.

Fifth, they’re afraid of God. They say, Man, if I came into your church, I’d be struck by lightning. This just shows that they’re looking at the wrong mountain-the one based on law instead of love. Jesus paid it all. All to Him we owe.

God’s salvation-the only salvation there is to find-is free, because Jesus paid for it already. Don’t try to find your home on Mount Sinai, and don’t use one of these lame excuses to reject God’s love. Find your home in God’s love today.

Prayer Father God,

Thank You for giving me salvation for free! I know that I could never do enough to work my way to You, so I leave behind all excuses and choose to believe You today. Thank You for saving me!


Horizon Church