Jesus Christ, God the Son, came to earth, took on human flesh, suffered as we suffer, and was tempted as we are tempted, yet without sin. He was despised and rejected of humankind, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering. He was crucified on a cross, although he had done no wrong. When he died, he crucified our sins with him, burying them with him. Then he rose from the dead, triumphant over hell, Satan, death and sin. He did all of this for the people of the world because he loves us so very much. He was our sacrificial Lamb who shed his blood on a cross so we could be free from slavery to sin, free to walk in his righteousness and holiness, and so we could have eternal life with him in glory. All this is ours when we receive Jesus Christ’s invitation to his great salvation by faith in him, via turning from our lives of living for self and sin, by being transformed in heart and mind of the Spirit of God, and by turning to God in humility, submission and surrender to his divine will and purpose for our lives. All this is the working of the Spirit of God in our lives as we yield the control of our lives over to him. Courageous! / An Original Work / December 24, 2013 Based off Various Scriptures The Word of God throughout taught. Some people heard, but did doubt. Still others had faith in Christ. By grace He purified them. They turned from sin And they obeyed Christ. He opened up their blinded eyesight; Turned them from darkness To the true Light; Forgave their sin by His might. He strengthened them in their faith. He said, “Remain my faithful.” He called them to obedience. By faith, they were so grateful. By faith, they were to follow Jesus; To daily sit and listen to Him; To have such faith That mountains could move; To love those whom He gave them. Be on your guard; courageous. Stand firm in faith. Be thankful. Take up the shield of your faith; Protect against all evil. Do not move from The hope that you have. Your faith in Jesus let it endure. Hold to the truth; Your conscience be clear. Endure with perseverance.