Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Good News

So yesterday, I wrote about the bad news. It is that we are stained in and out, up and down, all the way through - with sin. And our loving Creator is holy, which means He does not sin, cannot sin and cannot be in the presence of sin.

So what happens if you die?

God is a perfect Judge. He must look at each individual person and determine if they should or should not go to heaven or suffer eternal punishment. We have sinned and therefore, owe a debt to God.

But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. Romans 2:5-8

Well, God has a plan for that (and I am ever so grateful!). God sent His only Son to live on Earth. I'm sure you've heard of Him. His name is Jesus.

This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. Romans 3:22

Do not set your mind on the Christmas story. Jesus is so much more than a baby in a manger. He was a strong and powerful Man. He was fully God and fully man - living and walking among the people.

He lived a perfect life. He never sinned. He is holy.

But He died. He died for sinners. He died for you. He died for me.

He not only died, He suffered the wrath of God. You see, God is angry because of sin. There must be punishment.

Jesus endured that punishment. Then He rose again. Now He sits at the right hand of God as an intercessor for you and me. He talks to God the Father about us. Can you even imagine?

God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.  Romans 3:25-26

Now this is not some namby-pamby, please accept Jesus because He us just begging for you to follow Him. Jesus is not some weak person who will just come into your life to make it better.

Do not be confused by those nuts on TV- you and I need Jesus. We cannot get into heaven (and also have any sort of victory over sin in this world) without Him.

Jesus did not give up His glory in heaven, come to Earth, live a perfect life, suffer, die and rise from the dead in order to give us our best life now. He came to save us from our sins and ourselves.

Think of it this way. If you were getting on a plan and the stewardess gave you a parachute to wear during the trip and said it is because it is so fashionable and cool and will make the trip more fun, what would you do? Maybe put it on for a bit and then realize it is uncomfortable. It does not look cool. Other people might even make fun of you.

But if that same stewardess told you that you needed to wear the parachute because the plane was going to crash and this is your only hope of survival, then what would you do? You would clutch onto that backpack with all your strength and not take it off for a second no matter what anyone else says.

Jesus is our only hope of survival when we crash.

So please don't make Jesus out to be some wimpy guy in a robe who is begging for us to accept Him and if we do that He will improve our lives.

Jesus is God the Son. He is powerful, yet meek. He suffered and died for our sins. He conquered death and now sits in heaven next to God the Father. He is coming again in His full glory to judge the earth.

Are you prepared to meet Jesus? If not, click here for more information on how you can be prepared.

If you are prepared to meet Him, please share this good news with others - it is their only hope of survival.

Jesus answered,
“I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father
except through me."
John 14:6

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