In the beginning, when God made the heavens and the earth, God made man with a free will. Tragically, Adam and Eve decided to disobey God. The result was the fall. Since then all people on earth were born with a sinful nature. We have become slaves of sin. But we also choose to sin willfully. All people have sinned and therefore they fall short of God’s glory (Rom 3 :23). We are all therefore spiritually dead and separated from God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible says that the soul that sins must die and that the wages and penalty of sin are death (Rom 6:23). This does not only mean that man must physically die, but that man must die spiritually as well. God’s sentence is so severe because He is holy and just and hates all sin. This is the reason why death is in the world. All people die and every person stands guilty before God because they all have sinned against God. We have told lies. We have stolen things. We have lusted and committed sexual immorality. We have served and worshipped idols. We have blasphemed God’s Name and coveted people’s possessions. We all stand guilty before God.
But God made a wonderful plan. He promised even from Adam’s day that He would make a new way for us to be restored to Himself. John 3:16 says that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Rom 5:8 says that God demonstrated His love towards us that while we were still sinners Jesus died for us. While we were God’s enemies, God sent His Son Jesus Christ to earth. He lived a sinless life. He did many miracles and at the end of His life, His own people crucified Him on a cross. But even though they sinned in this way against God, Jesus’ death was predetermined by God. It was God’s plan to save many of their sin. Because the penalty of sin is death, someone had to pay the penalty of death that could release us from sin’s punishment. No one’s death could take away our sin except One. Jesus Christ, who never sinned, was the only one who could take our sin away because He was sinless, and God in human form.
If we believe that Jesus died in our place as our substitute, to pay for our sins, we will have forgiveness of our sins and we will have everlasting life. The Bible says that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22). That is why Jesus Christ’s blood was shed on the cross, outside Jerusalem, about 2000 years ago. All the sacrifices of sheep and goats in the Old Testament were only types and shadows of the real sacrifice that took away the sin of the world.
Three days after Jesus Christ’s death, God the Father raised Him from the dead and now Jesus Christ is sitting at the right hand of the Father. God broke the power of death and the power of the devil. This is the love of God that God demonstrated to the world. The question remains: what is your response going to be to such great love? Are you going to accept and embrace it? Is this love going to rule the course and goals of your life or are you going to ignore and reject this great love? The choice is yours. John 1:12 says: “for whosoever have received Him have the authority to become children of God, to those who believe in His Name.” God is calling you to embrace His love! But as the Bible says one day Jesus Christ will come on the clouds to judge the living and the dead. If you haven’t received Jesus Christ in your life, as your Savior, and Lord (King), you will be thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15). And there all those who have rejected God’s Son and His love, will be in torment for all eternity. When God judges the rebellious it will be a display of His justice. God is holy and only those who love Him wholeheartedly will inherit a place in heaven. To love God is in itself a gift that God gives to those who receive the Holy Spirit and the evidence of a true faith in Christ (Romans 5:5).
I urge you and beg you, do not let the time of grace pass you by. Listen to God today. Hebrews 3:7,8 says: “Today if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”
Come to God and His love by confessing and turning from your sins.