The Bible tells the story of “God with us.” Once upon a time, the eternal God stepped into the unfolding drama of human history. The Apostle John writes in his record of Jesus’ life, “the Word became flesh and dwelled among us” (John 1:14). John is referring to Jesus who left His place in heaven to live on earth for a short while. But, the story of Christ begins much earlier than that.

The Bible begins (Genesis 1-2) with people enjoying the presence of God. We were created to be in relationship with our Creator. But, very soon, sin entered into the world and the hearts of people and created a chasm between God and humanity. The Bible states that “All have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). It’s a universal problem, a spiritual problem and an eternal problem. Again, the Bible states that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). As sinners, we are separated from God.

 

This inward problem cannot be cured by outward actions. No matter how good, helpful, truthful or kind we might try to be, none of us will ever be able to change the condition of our sinful heart. Only God can do that. And, He did.

Created to Know God

The Bible begins (Genesis 1-2) with people enjoying the presence of God. We were created to be in relationship with our Creator. But, very soon, sin entered into the world and the hearts of people and created a chasm between God and humanity. The Bible states that “All have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). It’s a universal problem, a spiritual problem and an eternal problem. Again, the Bible states that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). As sinners, we are separated from God.

 

This inward problem cannot be cured by outward actions. No matter how good, helpful, truthful or kind we might try to be, none of us will ever be able to change the condition of our sinful heart. Only God can do that. And, He did.

New Life Through Jesus

New Life Through Jesus

Jesus came to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He visited our planet, took on human flesh and lived a perfect life deserving no punishment. Yet, Jesus willingly took on Himself the penalty for our sin by dying on the cross in our place. He became our substitute, absorbing God’s just condemnation of our sin and, by taking our place, He made it possible for us to experience a radical, restored, new life with God.

 

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24). In other words, just as Jesus died and rose from the dead, He is able to give new life—now and forever—to those who are dead in their sin.

Jesus came to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He visited our planet, took on human flesh and lived a perfect life deserving no punishment. Yet, Jesus willingly took on Himself the penalty for our sin by dying on the cross in our place. He became our substitute, absorbing God’s just condemnation of our sin and, by taking our place, He made it possible for us to experience a radical, restored, new life with God.

 

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24). In other words, just as Jesus died and rose from the dead, He is able to give new life—now and forever—to those who are dead in their sin.

Take a Step of Faith

This free gift of a new life is available to you today! You can receive God’s gracious provision simply by believing in who Jesus is and what He has done for you. This is what it means to have faith. Jesus summarized the story of salvation this way: “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

 

Do you believe God loves you and is inviting you into an eternal relationship with Him?

 

You express your faith in God by:

 

1. Admitting your problem

(God, I am a sinner, separated from You)


2. Affirming Christ’s person

(I believe that Jesus is the Son of God)


3. Accepting His provision

(I trust Jesus’ death for me and receive His new life)

You might pray the following prayer or something similar in your own words:

 

God, I confess that I have sinned and that my sin separates me from You. I am sorry for my sin and want to know You. I believe Jesus died in my place to take away my sin, remove my guilt and give me eternal life with You. Please forgive me, free me, change me, and save me. Amen.

 

The promise of Scripture is powerful: “if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved” (Romans 10:9-10). If you have sincerely prayed these words today, a supernatural event has taken place! You have begun a new journey with God. Because the Bible is true, you may confidently trust that God has forgiven you and begun a transformation of your life by His Holy Spirit.

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