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Redemption for the Defiant


Jonah sat in a fish’s belly. The events of the days leading him to where he was flashed through his mind:….God told me to go to Nineveh….I went in another direction….I bought a ticket…..a storm came while we were at sea…..I told them to throw me over….I was the cause…..
The reality of his decisions finally hit home. He poured his heart out to God and begged for forgiveness.
The Lord forgave him.
Even though Jonah had chosen to go in a direction that The Lord wasn’t leading him in. 
The Lord forgave him.
Even though Jonah was in direct contrast to God’s will. 
The Lord forgave him.
God didn’t hold out on forgiveness for Jonah. He forgave him as soon as Jonah humbly prayed to be forgiven.
Jesus is able to forgive any person at any time they choose to come before Him with a repentant heart. 
Even if that person has defiantly turned their back on God.
Jonah Chapters 1&2

Sacrifice Given 


The children of Israel were given strict directions when choosing a sacrifice for the Passover. They had to choose a first year male goat or sheep, without blemish on the tenth day of the month. Then they had to keep it until the fourteenth day before they were to kill it that evening. Next they were told how to apply it to their doorframe. Strict orders were also given on how to eat and dispose of the sacrifice. Even their dress code and speed at which they ate were dictated to them.
Today a sacrifice for sin is still needed.
Unlike the Israelites, none of the pressure of securing a perfect sacrifice is laid on us. Jesus was the perfect Lamb chosen by God. Jesus came to this earth as the firstborn Son of God and of Mary. He came without spot or blemish and died after living a perfect and sinless life. He met all of the requirements of a perfect sacrifice. God’s choice was perfect.
But, just like the Israelites, we are responsible for what we do with the sacrifice once it has been offered. We have to choose to apply the blood of Jesus to our life. After that He will gladly lead and guide us in every detail of our life if we surrender it to Him.
How grateful we should be that our perfect Lamb has already been chosen and sacrificed. All we have to do was accept it.

Not An Outcast

Hebrews 13:6

Psalm 31:11

Have you ever been that person? The one in which nobody, not your friends, acquaintances, let alone enemies, want anything to do with you? The person that if they saw you they’d go the opposite direction?

That’s hard.

Maybe you’ve done something to deserve that type of reaction. Maybe you haven’t. But regardless Jesus is standing there waiting on you to come to Him, arms wide open.

Run to Jesus.Seek forgiveness, if needed. Get shelter, if that’s what you want. He is there and He will gladly welcome you, no matter what the circumstances are.

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