Just…Back to Life?

Greetings my English-speaking friends and those wanting to learn, welcome to Just English!

Could a website “die” for several years and then suddenly come back to life?  Certainly. This one just did.

How about a person?  Could a person die for several years?  Maybe months? Could a person be dead for several days and then come back to life? Certainly not.

It has been said that there are two things which are certain: death and taxes. What makes something certain?  If a person claimed to have truth, how could we be certain?  If a person claimed to bring  truth and justice, how could we be certain?

What would a person have to do in order to prove that he could give truth and justice to all people?  Might he have to feed the hungry?  Might he have to heal the sick?  Might he have to give sight to the blind?  Might he have to bring people back to life? Might he have to bring himself back to life? Two-thousand years ago, there was a person who might have done all these things.  In fact, many people say it is certain that Jesus came back to life after death.

Followers of Jesus claim that he died on a cross.  Roman historians say that their soldiers put Jesus on a cross.  Roman soldiers were very good at killing people.  They did their job or else they would lose their own lives. A cross was deadly.  The Roman soldiers confirmed that Jesus was dead.

Then, several days later, people claimed that Jesus came back to life.  Not only his followers saw him alive.  Even Jesus’ enemies saw him alive.  Jewish historians declared his tomb empty.

Jesus’  followers were scared when he died.  They abandoned him.  Several days later his followers had courage.  Now they were willing to die for him.  Something big changed their minds.

Could it be that Jesus was alive?  If so, could he bring truth and justice back to life?  Study the facts. At least, this website is back to life.

I’m Leon Smith.

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Just…God’s Plan.

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Greetings my English speaking friends and those wanting to learn, welcome to Just English!

Last week I talked about a difficult theme. Our topic was what went wrong with the world: sin and the result, death. This week, I want to fill you with peace and hope.

There are problems with our world. But as we read in the Bible, God is not only just. We don’t only have to fear Him. Also, God is love. (I John 4:8). And God has a plan for us.

Our problem is that we are not perfect. You might say, we are slaves to sin. Our relationship with God is broken because of sin. We are guilty. And yet we try to reach God. For all of history, people have made sacrifices to try to make God happy. But the sacrifices aren’t perfect. And God wants perfect justice.

Never fear, God has a plan.

God’s plan can be found in the Bible. “God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus, God’s son, was the chosen one: the Christ. He filled both justice and love.

In Paul’s letter to the people in Ephesus, we read, “But God is rich in mercy because of his great love for us. We were dead because of our failures, but he made us alive together with Christ. (It is God’s kindness that saved you.) God has brought us back to life together with Christ Jesus and has given us a position in heaven with him. He did this through Christ Jesus out of his generosity to us in order to show his extremely rich kindness in the world to come. God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God. It’s not the result of anything you’ve done, so no one can brag about it” (Ephesians 2:4-9).

Brothers and sisters, we can have peace and hope in Jesus. As the prophet Jeremiah wrote, “I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Are you guilty from sin? Do you fear the justice of God? The time has come. Change the way you think and act. Believe the Good News about Jesus. God who is faithful and just will forgive your sins. He will clean you from every evil.

You might say that you do not deserve this. True. None of us deserve God’s love. But you are of great value to God. He created you. He cares for you. And he has paid the price for your sin.

The problems of this world are not forever. People live on this planet for a small time, no more than 120 years. Life on earth is short. However, life with God can be forever. You can have eternal life. In Jesus, God has a plan for you.

I’m Leon Smith