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A Second Chance from God

To His followers, Jesus said, “I’m not only here to die for you. I want to show you how to live. And once I show you how to live, I’m going to redeem you and give you a second chance.”

To us, Jesus says, “Now that I have shown you how to live, you can be like me. And because I have died for you, you’re redeemed. Because of my blood, you can come into heaven. I did that for you because right now, without my redeeming blood, you don’t have a shot. You can’t live the right way. There is too much sin in the world.”

Second chances are so important. We all need one. We all need a lot of them! And that’s why we turn to Jesus. His blood is so powerful. There are too many things working against us now, here in the world, telling us to live the wrong way. We need His blood. Without it, we have no hope.

This is also why we need to do justice now. We can’t wait for Jesus to return. It’s our job to show others what Jesus showed us. We don’t wait for Him because we have to reflect Him now. People don’t really understand who He is, and without Him, they have no hope.

Mary Magdalene by Leonardo da Vinci

Who is He? For one thing, He’s a risk taker. He entrusted the Gospel to twelve men and a prostitute. He gave them the Gospel to take into the world. He relied on them to show people who He was, and then to remind people who God is. And Mary and those men did it. They did it well!

And now He’s asking us to do the same thing. He’s entrusted His Gospel to us. We have to continue that heritage. We have to continue the legacy left to us by Mary and the apostles. We have to show people who Jesus was.

Some people have lost sight of that. Some people think that the legacy of Jesus is make sure you go to church on Sunday, hang out within four walls and a roof, and then go home. That is not the legacy of Jesus! Jesus walked the streets! He hung out with people. He hung out with sinners and He didn’t judge them.

Jesus said, “I created you and I understand you. I don’t live like you but I can see how you would sin. You’re going to need a lot of forgiveness, because you’re going to mess up. You’re going to need my blood, because you are going to tank it. All the time.”

Jesus knew how hard it would be for us. So He showed us how to live and gave us a second chance. Then He asked us to make sure the world understands.

What should we do with our second chance? More on this next time. See you Monday.

4 thoughts on “A Second Chance from God

  1. Interesting post. Regarding the whole “twelve men and a prostitute” bit however, is more of an assumption based through history on people confusing Mary Magdalene with other Marys, and Pope Gregory from the 6th century when he officially declared in a sermon that Mary Magdalene and an unnamed sinner in Luke’s gospel were the same person.

    In actuality, Mary Magdalene is mentioned a handful of times through each of the four gospels in the New Testament, and never is she associated with prostitution or sinning.

  2. Looking forward to the continuation of this discussion! What we do with our second chance determines what our lives look like! Are we loving God? Are we loving our neighbor? Are we loving one another? Deep questions to determine how we are doing….

  3. Amen for second chances. I try to live at peace w/ the paradox of being a sinner saved by the blood of the lamb and the daughter of the Most High King. My husband is hospitalized. Please pray for his healing with your wife Larisa. We had to stub hub sell this weekend’s tickets to both Padres games. We figured out w/ our daughter searching for Disney on the second TV we do get the game today…..Go Giants!!! Somehow, I can get my daughter and me to church to pray for our guy & then get back to the hospital to cheer on your victory. God Bless!

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