If we could turn back time


Pastor Thad Gifford - Contributing Columnist



I recently bought an automatic watch. It doesn’t need a battery. It doesn’t run off of sunlight. There’s a small mechanism inside of it that responds to the movement of my wrist and keeps the watch wound. So, as long as it is on my wrist and I continue to move, the watch keeps running.

The only problem with that is I only wear it to church on Sunday mornings and for special occasions. I have picked it up many times just to find out that it has stopped. What good does it for me to own a watch that doesn’t keep the correct time? (I could be happy in that it does tell the correct time twice a day, but I’d like it to show the correct time every time I look at it.)

While I was thinking about my need to set the time, I also thought about how cool would it be to turn the hands of my watch backwards and time would correspond. If you could turn back the hands of time, how far back would you turn them? To when you were just a baby? Or maybe back to grade school, or middle school or high school. College? Or when you were first married? Before the first child came along?

I know many of us would have different times that we could turn back the hands of time, but what if we could turn them back to the time when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden and given the choice to obey God or sin. If Eve could turn back the time, and was able to do everything all over again, would she eat of the forbidden fruit? Would Adam? Would they be able to choose to obey God if given a second chance?

I guess we will never know, but I often wonder about that choice they made. If only they would have chosen to obey God. If only they would have said no to the devil. If only they would have refused to sin against God. If only…

But they chose to sin. They chose to disobey God. And because our bloodlines trace back to Adam and Eve, we too are guilty of sin. For the Bible says that “all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.” Now what? Well, it was a huge problem for man. We could not forgive ourselves and we could not save ourselves.

Fortunately, God had everything worked out before He spoke Creation into existence. He knew man would choose to sin (God gave us all a choice) and He knew Jesus, who was sinless, would have to die for our sins. And that exactly is what Jesus did. His death on Calvary’s cross purchased for you the free gift of eternal life. And, like a gift, it must be received.

So now, you have a choice. You cannot turn back the hands of time, but you can accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. You can choose right now, as you read this article to say yes to Jesus and allow Him to come into your life and forgive you of your sins. You can choose to accept the free gift of eternal life.

When I think about how sinful I am, and how sinful mankind is, I wonder why God would love me enough to let Jesus die in my place. All I know is, He did. And I am ever so thankful to Him that He did. I needed a Savior. And Jesus took my place. He paid my sin debt and if I receive Him as my Savior, He will save me. And, He will save you. Why don’t you ask Him to save you today, too.

And that is Something to Think About for this week.

We’d love to have you and your family worship with us this Sunday. If you don’t have a home church, please check us out at 10:45 a.m. You will be glad you did.

http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2016/09/web1_PastorGifford-Thadpiccol-5.jpg

Pastor Thad Gifford

Contributing Columnist

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at m.thad.gifford@gmail.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at m.thad.gifford@gmail.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.