The Message of God's Incredible Love and Sacrifice
In this world nothing compares with the gospel of Jesus Christ where mercy and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed each other - Psalm 85:10.
With the natural mind, mankind cannot comprehend that he was created from the dust. Equally difficult to understand is that mankind was created body, soul, and spirit by the Eternal God, perfect without any blemish or faults.
Our forefather Adam had a perfect place to live in and enjoy until he rebelled against his creator’s one simple command that he should not eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil that the Creator placed in the middle of the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve, his wife, made the sad mistake of disobeying God and going their own way, they lost everything that was good and worthwhile. They exchanged never ending life, and the joy of friendship with their Father and Creator for sin, death, and all its miseries. God had faithfully warned mankind that if he ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil he would surely die. To die meant to be separated forever from the joy of fellowship with his Creator and God.
God does not fail to fulfil His word. He is always faithful and never changes. Adam and Eve made the choice to disobey, were driven from the beautiful garden, separated from God, and could never come back. Every individual since Adam and Eve has inherited their sin nature, and so because of that we are all sinners.
We should be so thankful that God is not only perfectly righteous and just but He is a God of mercy and compassion. Because He dearly loved mankind, He planned something that came from the great and perfect heart of God. In time, God sent His Son into this world to be born as a baby who would grow up untainted by the sin of mankind. Because Jesus was absolutely perfect and without sin He was hated, and despised. The wicked Jewish rulers planned His agonising death on a Roman cross. The only One who had never sinned was nailed to a cross and suffered a cruel death in our place. The only payment for sin that a perfectly righteous, just, and holy God could accept; because the wages of sin is death. Now He offers forgiveness of sin to all who will trust Him according to the great riches of His grace.
Some people wrongly say that there is a little bit of good in every man. If this were true, why did Jesus suffer such an agonising death for everyone on the cross? Down through the history of sinful mankind, different individuals have tried to do many things to make himself acceptable before God; whether baptism, or kindness to others, or good works, but nothing changes what God’s word, the Bible, tells us: All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Because Jesus obeyed His Father and came to this earth and suffered so greatly for the sin of mankind there is now a great promise: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved! After we die, God’s promise is that our lowly, sin affected bodies will be changed to be like His perfect, glorious body. Salvation is entirely God’s perfect plan and free gift. We are saved entirely by His sacrifice and His sinless Son.
John 5:24 says: “I tell you the truth, those who listen to My message and believe in God who sent Me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.”
Many people seek satisfaction in popularity, money, relationships, enjoying sport and other types of worldly amusement but all such pleasures are ever fleeting. The only message that brings lasting joy is the good news of Jesus coming into this world to die for your sin, bringing eternal life to all who will trust Him as their Saviour. The good news is about what Jesus did for you. The gospel is not about anything you can do. Jesus did it all for us and God was completely satisfied with His sacrifice. Listen to God’s wonderful invitation to you:
For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16
written by Bob Bagley