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All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Revelation 13:8 (NKJV)

A majority of people reading this may not know much about what Jesus Christ truly did 2,000 years ago that we take time to recognize this weekend. While we can debate the exact timing of events, that is insignificant, because the fact is that Jesus Christ was crucified, buried, resurrected, and then ascended. Now what does that mean for every person?
Many have wrongly assumed that the New Testament was God’s “plan B” for humanity, nothing can be further from the truth. When Adam and Eve fell, God was never surprised by the event. The fact of the matter is that the work of Jesus Christ was already established well before the fall of mankind. The Scripture tells us that Jesus Christ is the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. Jesus Christ was slain before the events recorded in Genesis during the Creation account.
Every sin must be paid for. You can read of the sacrificial system in the Old Testament. For many the Old Testament can be confusing to understand at first, the key is seeing it through with a New Covenant mindset. The Old Testament is full of foreshadowing of the Savior to come. In the Old Covenant, they were given Kings, High Priests, Judges, and Prophets, even at their very best, they all fell short. The Old Covenant was showing us that we need a better King, High Priest, Judge, and Prophet. Jesus Christ is all of those foreshadowings in One.
Jesus did not come to be an earthly ruler, but a heavenly ruler. The Kingdom of God is spiritual, one must be born again to be birthed out of the kingdom of darkness and into the Kingdom of God.
You are born into this world initially with a sinful nature after the first man Adam, today is the day to become born again after the Last Man Adam, Jesus Christ. Who is the only One to live a total sin-free life and was tempted at every aspect of His humanity. He gave Himself willingly as the perfect spotless Lamb of God to pay the penalty due to us. His sacrifice paid the penalty for sin, when one declares their faith and trust in Him alone their old nature is buried with Him, and they are risen to the newness of life. When one is born again, they are never alone, they are placed back into right standing before God and can have a living relationship with Him.
Eternal life is not just about making it to Heaven after this life. Being born again as mentioned in John chapter 3 is talking about being born of God’s original intent which was lost at the fall, and Jesus came and made the Way for us!
Romans 10:13 “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”