Rev. Robert Thomas

A decade has gone by so quickly. The bright blue sky that was overhead that September morning in 2001 still seems to be only a blink away. Time flies by and accumulates so rapidly, it may not seem to have much value, and yet God does so much with time.

In one night, God - in the person of His Son - came from infinite glory to walk the dusty road of human experience. We now sing of that night as "O Holy Night."

Over a span of six hours He offered Himself as the Lamb of God to be the sacrifice to take away the sin of the world. "He who knew no sin was made to be sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." - II Corinthians 5:21. The songwriter has expressed it this way: "For me to be like Him, He had to become like me."

For three days He waited in the tomb before demonstrating the pwer of the resurrection that provides hope of the same for all believers. Now we eagerly await that "day when time shall be no more."

One's lifetime may be of brief or long duration, but it takes only a moment of revelatory faith to "pass from life to death."

Jesus said, "whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me ... has crossed over from death to life. I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live." - John 5:24, 35 NIV.

My prayer is that you will recognize the truth of the "Good News," and you will accept the greatest gift from God - eternal life. Someone has said that "the past is history, the future is mystery and today is called the present." Use the "present" to hear God's word. "I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation." - II Corinthians 6:2.

God bless you.

Rev. Robert A. Thomas is retired from the active Pastorate after more than 50 yers in the ministry. Rev. Thomas was pastor of churches in Maine, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He founded the New Life Prison ministry in Delaware County and was active with missions in Haiti, founding the Haiti Discipling Center.

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