Created by God
Before our world began there was God. It was God who said, “Let there be light”. He created the earth and caused the planets to spin into space. It was God who made the flying creatures and swimming creatures, who made all the animals who live on the land. The pinnacle of God’s creation was one special man and one special woman. They were special because there had never been anything like them before. Physically perfect and innocent of all evil, they lived together in a garden planted by God Himself.
Because God created the world, He was the one who made the rules. Initially there was only one rule, but still man managed to break it. God cast the man and woman out of the garden He planted and made them to work the soil for their food. With sin came death, old age and infirmity, sickness and disease. God’s creation was no longer ‘very good’, it was broken and there was nobody to fix it.
Because of Sin
We don’t become sinful by doing wrong, we do wrong because we are born already sinful. God’s standards are very high and even those society regards as ‘good people’ are not good enough for God. Because the first man sinned, that tendency to sin passed down to all his children. No amount of good works can balance out our failure. It’s as if Mother Theresa was caught speeding. Just because she’s Mother Theresa, doesn’t mean she shouldn’t pay. But the cost of sin is greater than a speeding ticket. The penalty for sin is death.
Jesus Died For You
Although it is God who judges us, and it is God’s own holiness that makes us unacceptable to Him, He still showed His love for us. He sent Jesus to die in our place. Just as in ancient times, a lamb or dove was sacrificed as a temporary measure to remove sin and God’s anger against us. So, Jesus was sacrificed, to once and for all remove our sin and God’s anger against us.
Jesus Rose For You
Jesus died to set us free from sin, but he also rose again to set us free from death. If our hope in Jesus was only for this life and there was nothing after death, we would be fools indeed. But, when this life is over, those who receive Jesus will be raised from death, just as Jesus was raised. We will meet Jesus at His return and live with him forever.
Jesus Will Return
God’s creation is still broken, and He doesn’t plan to fix it. Jesus has promised to return. When He does, He will sort those who love and serve Him from those who hate and reject Him. Then He will destroy this broken creation and there will be a new heaven and earth for those who love Him to enjoy with Him forever. God will dwell again with man, and all who rejected Him will be cast away.
Repent and be Baptised
The only way that Jesus’ death can pay for our sin is if we believe in Him and accept what he has done. First, we must repent. That means to change our mind about how we have lived. When we repent we say sorry to God for all our sins and commit to changing, to live as God wants us to live. Second, we must turn to God. When our sin is removed, we have peace with God. This means we don’t just carry on our lives alone, we can have a relationship with God, where we speak to Him and He talks back.
Thirdly, whenever people repented and responded to God in the New Testament, they were told to be baptised. Baptism involves three steps, going into the water, going completely underwater and then coming out again. These three steps demonstrate we have joined ourselves to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus also baptises us with His Holy Spirit. Take your first step of obedience by being baptised in water and the Spirit!
Respond to God
If you have never responded to Jesus as God and made Him your Lord, don’t wait. You can also re-commit your life to Him. Respond today by praying to God with words like these:
“Dear God, who created all things, thank you for sending Jesus to die for me.
I admit I have lived my own way, but today I repent of that way of life and surrender to You.
Please forgive me my sins and come into my life.
I acknowledge Jesus as my God and my Lord, I thank You He died for me and rose to give me new life.
Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit.
Thank you, Father, amen.”
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