The Best Trade Ever Made (GLMX #474)
This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #474 titled, “The Best Trade Ever Made” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
Professional sports teams constantly trade players in order to better their rosters—a third baseman for a pitcher; a running back for a tight end; a forward for a point guard, etc. The Internet provides websites listing the ten best/worst trades, 50 dumbest trades, and the most lopsided trades in sports history. Sometimes one team greatly benefits from the trade; occasionally both teams benefit; but on other occasions, neither team comes out ahead. Every trade involves some risk for both teams.
Have you noticed that life is full of trade-offs? We trade sunshine for much-needed rain; winter for summer; and day for night. We hand over money to have food, clothing, and shelter. We trade youth for life experiences. Marriage brings responsibilities that are on a different level than single life, where there was more freedom of time, finances, and flexibility. Substitute teachers make less money than full-time teachers, but they have the opportunity to say yes or no to teaching opportunities. In the financial market, generally when stocks go up, bonds go down. You may trade in your older car that is paid off for something newer and more comfortable; however, you now have car payments and higher insurance premiums.
Some trades are optional—such as spending money, marriage, and trading cars; others, like the weather, are not. Usually, these situations have both pros and cons.
The spiritual life provides the greatest trade ever offered, without any downside for us. Adam and Eve were created as sinless humans; however, they sinned in the Garden of Eden by choosing to eat fruit from the only tree that was forbidden by God—the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He warned them they would die if they ate it. They traded life for eventual death. Because of their sin, all humans are born sinners.
God, being omniscient, knew they would do that, so He had a plan. Thousands of years later, His Son Jesus came to earth as a baby—born to a virgin, Mary. He humbled Himself to become a man—a sinless man who chose to trade places with sinners by taking all of our sins on Himself that we might have His
righteousness and eternal life. At age 33, Jesus was falsely accused, beaten, and crucified unjustly that we might have life. The Bible states in Isaiah 53:6 “The Lord hath laid on Him [Jesus] the iniquity [sin] of us all”.
1 Peter 2:24-25 explains that Jesus “bore our sins in His own body on the tree [cross], that we … should live unto righteousness—by whose stripes ye were healed. For you were as sheep going astray… up”
The Bible says 1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God…”.
As sinners, we start out on Satan’s team. Jesus’ death and resurrection made it possible for us to be traded to God’s team—permanently. He paid the price. You are a free agent with the ability to choose whose team you will belong to for eternity. This trade is optional. It’s up to you. You have everything to lose by not accepting the trade and everything to gain by trading your sinfulness for God’s righteousness.
You’ll never receive a better offer. Accept it today. Simply admit to God that you are a sinner by birth and actions; ask for His forgiveness of sin; and accept His offer of salvation based completely on the fact that Jesus died on the cross in your place. Trade death for life; sinfulness for righteousness. He is waiting for you to join His team.
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour in the free pardon of your sins. Allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for your souls salvation from the power of sin and from the punishment of sin in that awful place called Hell. Please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
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