The Liberator?

(12.24.21– ’Tis the Season –Luke 3:1-18)


My friend, may I ask you a question? When the doors of this life open at the final destination, will we walk into the freedom of full forgiveness and peace in Jesus Christ?

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.

I'm M. Clifford Brunner.




Here's a story: "During the Nazi occupation of Holland, the Nazis planned to deport Jewish children not to a concentration camp, but to a crematorium where they would be killed. When the day to be taken away came, Christian resistance leaders secretly boarded the train along with the Jewish children and commandeered the train. The trip lasted a few days. One morning the train stopped and word was given that they were to get out of the train. They got out, expecting to find themselves surrounded by guards. Instead, they were standing in the middle of a pasture. They were not in Germany but Switzerland. The train, taking them to their death, had been taking them to life, freedom in Switzerland. As a result, these 300 children weren't recipients of the death they had expected, but of a new life."


Jesus came to earth to preach repentance and forgiveness. The repentance part of the message was and is difficult to hear. If that were his only message, you and I would be no different than those on that train. Yet, unlike those poor, troubled passengers on that Nazi death train, words of encouragement, forgiveness of sins in Christ, completed that message of repentance. We are relieved because the spectacle of certain death is replaced with certain life. It's like a picture of a beautiful Swiss pasture, not a German death camp. When the doors of this life open at the final destination, we will walk into the freedom of full forgiveness and peace in Jesus Christ.