So, GOD wants us to RECEIVE a GIFT from HIM: Eternal Life WITH HIM – brill, but, we CAN’T have it because of SIN in OUR lives…Gutted…
God LOVES us but is HOLY and JUST meaning He MUST do something about OUR SIN…So in an act of LOVE He puts into action the greatest rescue plan ever thought of…He, God Himself will come down to our level, into the mess of our world and be OUR SOLUTION, our SAVIOUR…
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth – John 1:1-14
God in the person of JESUS came to earth and lived a SINLESS life. He DIED on the CROSS to pay the penalty, the DEBT our SIN had incurred. You see OUR sin not only gets in between US and GOD, it racks up a BILL that COSTS US our LIFE.
For the wages of sin is death – Romans 6:23
Having lived that SINLESS life JESUS is falsely accused of all sorts of things, convicted of things HE NEVER did then CRUCIFIED…And here is where it gets MIRACULOUS: He is GOD, He rose from the grave, He was accused in OUR place, He was convicted in OUR place, He was crucified in OUR place, He died in OUR place. WE are the ones who have ALL sinned and fallen short, WE are GUILTY of SINNING and yet JESUS PAID the PRICE for US???
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us – Romans 5:8
JESUS dealt with OUR SIN, He CONQUERED it and death once and for all. In HIS RESURECTION He offers EVERY ONE of US the GIFT God wants Us to have, ETERNAL LIFE WITH HIM. It COST HIM everything to make it FREELY available to US. This Gift is on offer to YOU right NOW, you can HAVE it TODAY by receiving it by FAITH.
FAITH is the KEY that OPENS the door to the GIFT. FAITH isn’t just knowing about GOD and the GIFT, the PROBLEM or the SOLUTION. It’s not about turning to GOD for the emergencies, or immediate needs. FAITH is TRUSTING in GOD for our ETERNAL LIFE and the one we are LIVING right NOW. It’s taking our BELIEF and ACTING on it, choosing to FOLLOW JESUS in this world, for the NEXT.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved – Romans 10:9