There is a God. Only one. He created everything and everyone. He is the potter. We are the clay. He has a right to do with us as he sees fit. Isaiah 45:9; 64:8 We are not autonomous.
The first humans were given a choice; obey God or die. Sadly, they chose to die – eventually. Genesis 3 They were pronounced guilty before God. As their descendants we bear their guilt as well as our own. Romans 3:23; 3:10; 5:12
This may not seem fair but since we are not the author of fairness we have no right to question. Remember the ultimatum? Obey God or die. Romans 6:23
So even before we are born we are guilty of sin. However, it doesn’t take long to realize we too have rebellious little hearts from the start. Anyone who is a parent knows this to be true. We want autonomy. We want to serve ourselves not our Maker.
God tells us our rebellion deserves death and eternal punishment.
This is bad news for us. Every human deserves eternal punishment.
Yikes! It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:31
However, I have good news!
The same God, the only one, is kind and full of mercy. He made a way for us to be forgiven and to enjoy his good graces.
Remarkably, he sacrificed his only Son. Romans 5:8
I need to back up here and give a brief history lesson. In the OT times God gave his people (Israel) a sacrificial system in order to cleanse them from their sins. It involved animal sacrifice as well as ceremonial washing. This is significant because God is consistent. He doesn’t change. Malachi 3:6 To this day he requires blood to atone for sins.
God’s Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth to live as a man. He walked in our shoes. He felt what we feel. He was tempted just like we are yet he never sinned.
Why Jesus? The animals that were chosen for sacrifice had to be spotless, perfect specimens in order to be good enough for God. No human fits the bill. We are all sinners. Jesus was perfect and sinless. He was the only possible choice. Romans 2:25-26
Can we just take a moment to let that sink in?
God is holy. He is the picture of perfection. His Son too is perfectly righteous. God requires holiness for relationship with his creation. Humans are criminals. We deserve death and hell. We have nothing of value to give to God to appease him. Even our righteousness is filthy to him. Isaiah 64:6 The gap between righteous God and sinful man is infinite. However, God had a plan all along.
He gave his perfect son who he loves to be the necessary sacrifice that would make it possible for you and me to be forgiven by him and brought into a relationship with him.
I don’t know about you but I am stunned. Who does that? His only Son?
Jesus Christ was crucified. He died so you and I could live. He proved his powerful identity by resurrecting from the grave. He has power over sin and death. With this power he can cleanse us from within and make us holy. Hebrews 2:14-18 He says come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
How can we take advantage of this offer of forgiveness?
We must repent of our sins. We must turn away from them. Acts 17:30
And we must believe that Jesus’ death on the cross was applicable to me personally. He did it for me. He says we must believe that he is and that he rewards those who seek him. Romans 10:9-10; 10:13
Repent and believe. Two words that carry an infinite amount of weight.
When you repent of your sins and ask for forgiveness from God you make him your KING. You are giving your mortal life and your soul to him. He says you will be rewarded with forgiveness, a changed heart and eternity in heaven with him. the Bible is God’s Word. In it we can learn from him. Romans 10:17
I can think of no greater gift…and no better news!
I am forgiven through Christ’s blood shed on the cross for me. I experience his love daily. In a future post I will share with you how that came about.
In the meantime if you have questions I will do my best to answer them. Also, if you want me to pray for you I am happy to.