The good news of the gospelHow to know Jesus
John 17:3 says that eternal life is knowing the true God, and Jesus Christ, whom He sent. But why was He sent, and what does it all mean?
God loves you, but you are separated from Him
You are not here by accident. God created everything you see around you, and it is a result of His creative power that you are alive. Whether you realize it or not, your life has purpose.
Unfortunately, you are separated from Him because of sin. “Sin” is rebellion against God’s will or commands. It is anything we have done that doesn’t measure up to His perfect nature. Romans 3:23 says that we have all sinned.
Our perspective vs. God’s perspective
We tend to categorize sin. Some as small and inconsequential, and others as huge and far reaching. But God has a totally different view of our sins. Each one is followed by negative consequences.
The first man and woman God created walked with Him in a garden He prepared for them. Ultimately both Adam and Eve disobeyed God.
We would not necessarily consider what they did a huge and far reaching sin. But it was rebellion against God and it was a big deal.
When they sinned, the whole earth fell under sin’s curse. Man could no longer walk with God and everyone born since then has entered the world with a nature that cannot help but sin.
… big problem
Separation from God is not the only consequence of our sin. It also brings death. That death is not just a future physical death, but we are spiritually dead as well.
But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. Isaiah 59:2
For the wages of sin is death. Romans 6:23a
The Good News
God’s Rescue Plan
God’s rescue plan runs through the entire Bible. Since that very first sin by Adam and Eve, it has been the shedding of blood that covers sin. For many years before Jesus, that price was paid by bulls and goats. This sort of sacrifice was not perfect and it pointed to our need for a perfect savior.
a gift must be received
Our role in God’s work of salvation
It is Jesus Christ’s grace and forgiveness that is our only real hope in this fallen world.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
We cannot receive this free gift without repenting of our sin. If we confess our sins, we will be forgiven.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Father in heaven, I want to have life. I know that I have sinned and that I need Your forgiveness. I believe that You sent Jesus to die on the cross for my sin, and that He rose again. I now accept You as my personal Savior. I want to live for you, with your help. Thank You for saving me and for giving me a new life.