A Letter That Changed The World

My Child, I AM Jesus who LOVES you Unconditionally!

There is nothing you can do to make me Love you More.

And there is nothing you have done to make me close the door.

For my Love is whole, it is complete, it is infinite.

You can never fully Understand how much I Love You!

My child you are so dear to Me.

You are like a jewel, more precious that the finest gold.

Just for you I suffered and died.

And one day I will take all of your pain and sorrow away,

and wipe every tear from your eyes.

All I ask in return is that you Love Me and Trust Me.

                                                             From Your Saviour Jesus.

A poem written by Ron Podvojsky

The story of Paul is a story of redemption in Jesus Christ and a testimony that no one is beyond the saving grace of the Lord.

My guess is that he was like any other Jewish boy.  He played, got into trouble as boys do, learned by his mistakes and grew up.  At this time he was known as Saul.  He became a lawyer, and signs pointed to his becoming a member of the Sanhedrin, which is the Jewish Supreme Court of 71 men who ruled over Jewish life and religion.  Saul was zealous for his faith, but this faith did not allow for compromises.  It was this zeal that led Saul down the path of religious extremism.

Now Peter, who was a disciple of Jesus, had given his defense of the gospel and of Jesus in front of the Sanhedrin, which Saul heard.  From hearing this, Saul became even more determined to eradicate Christians as he watched the Sanhedrin flog Peter and the others.  Saul became ruthless in his pursuit of Christians and believed he was doing it in the name of God.  And we know even today there is no one more frightening or more vicious than a religious terrorist, especially when he believes that he is doing the will of the Lord by killing innocent people.  This is what Saul of Tarsus was: a religious terrorist.  “As for Saul, he made havoc o the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing the to prison.” Acts 8:3

But there is a pivotal passage in Paul’s story in Acts 9:1-22, which tells of Paul’s meeting with Jesus Christ on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus.  On the road Saul was caught up in a bright light from heaven which caused him to fall face down on the ground.  He hears the words, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”  He says, “Who are you Lord?” Jesus answers directly and clearly, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” (v. 4-5).  And from this moment on, Saul’s life was turned upside down.  Saul then became a “chosen instrument” to carry the name of Jesus before the Gentiles, kings and the children of Israel.  Through prayer, Saul received the Holy Spirit.  He became a changed man and immediately went into the synagogues proclaiming Jesus and saying He is the Son of God (v.20).  The people were amazed and skeptical at the same time, because Saul’s reputation was well known.  The Jews thought he had come to take away the Christians (v.21).   Saul’s boldness increased as the Jews living in Damascus were confounded by Saul’s arguments proving that Jesus was the Christ (v.22).

So, as a result of this miraculous transformation, Saul became known as Paul.  The Apostle Paul spent his life proclaiming the risen Christ Jesus throughout the Roman world.  He also wrote a letter to the Romans (which is the Book of Romans in the New Testament), and what a letter it was.  It wasn’t just a quick note, but a love letter.  A guide for all who would follow, to be grounded in the truth of Jesus and go forth with the message of the gospel.  That what the Lord did for him, He can do for all of us.

First, that God can save anyone.  Paul’s story can be anyone of us, as sinful, broken people all over the world are transformed by God’s saving grace in Jesus Christ.   The story of Paul is a story of a second chance.  To God he is worthy.  The truth is that every person matters to God, from the “good, decent,” average person to the “wicked, evil” degenerate.  Only God can save a soul from hell.

Secondly, anyone can be a humble, powerful witness for Jesus Christ.  Acts 20:19 tells us that he “served the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to [him] through the plots of the Jews.”  Paul was not afraid to tell others what the Lord had done for him.

Finally, we learn that anyone can surrender completely to God.  Paul was fully “sold-out” for God.  Throughout Paul’s ministry he suffered trials and persecution for the sake of Christ.  He was stoned, beaten, imprisoned, shipwrecked, and betrayed.  He often went without food, sleep, and shelter.  Yet through it all, the Lord stood with him.  Paul was comforted and strengthened by God’s powerful presence.

In this love letter, views to the gospel are open, shining a light on what we can experience by embracing and living in the Good News of Christ.  He profoundly shares with us an understanding of the impact of Jesus Christ on our lives and the world.

Read the love chapter Romans 5:1-21

 Everything matters

with Jesus, today

John 3:16 is the Love of God.

Jesus died for our sins, for Paul’s, one of the greatest sinners.  Jesus is the love we all are seeking.  Paul’s love letter offers us all we need to know and if we just believe, it’s ours for the asking.  Won’t you ask Jesus into your heart? 

This is the Hope of our future — a relationship with JESUS!