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Choose life. Choose Jesus.

Choose life. Choose Jesus.

Every day we are confronted with choices. Even this morning you have made many choices: what time to get up (How many times did you hit the snooze button?); to have a shower or bath or nothing; what to wear; what to eat; which car to drive; what do the kids need to wear? Some of the choices that we make on a daily basis have very little impact on our lives whereas others can significantly change the course of our lives.

John MacArthur writes in his commentary on Matthew’s Gospel, “Our lives are filled with decisions—what to wear, what to eat, where to go, what to do, what to say, what to buy, whom to marry, what career to follow and on and on. Many decisions are trivial and insignificant, and some are essential and life-changing. The most critical of all is our decision about Jesus Christ and His kingdom. That is the ultimate choice that determines our eternal destiny, our final destination."

MacArthur hit the nail on the head. The most important choice you will make in your life is whether or not you are going to follow Jesus and give your life to Him. All the other important decisions in life hinge on that choice.

In my life the greatest decision I have ever made is to put my faith in Jesus Christ. It has been a life changing decision and I am experiencing that life in all its fullness that Jesus spoke about. I decided to follow Jesus as a 12 year old boy at a Sunday School Camp that was held in Pathhead just outside Edinburgh. Someone explained the Gospel to me and explained how I could have a relationship with God. That decision wasn’t about becoming religious. It wasn’t just about just being inspired by a wise and kind man who once lived. For me it was about understanding the true identity of Jesus and His Gospel.

You might say today: what is the Gospel? The Gospel, put simply, is that Jesus, God’s Son, came to the earth on a rescue mission to save a sinful humanity and make possible a relationship with God. He was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, died on the Cross and rose again so that our sins could be forgiven. He did this so that we could be accepted by God. So through that perfect life, that sacrificial death and that glorious resurrection we can be saved if we choose to trust in Jesus and follow Him. That might sound too good to be true. However, it is wonderfully good and completely true. Jesus said in John 14:6: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me.” Choose life. Choose Jesus.

Rev Rae Mackenzie
Lossiemouth Baptist Church