God has long planned for us a very meaningful and secured life. In his great love to you and me, he wanted us to live life to the full.
But in reality, we’re far from it. No wonder we have messed up our lives over and over again. Broken relationships, anger, foolishness, uncertainties… all of these and more are just manifestations of our root problem…
Sin: Our root problem
…and this is the cause of all these mess. Sin. We have inherited it from our forefathers. In fact, we are born sinners.
“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” Ps. 51:5
And the thing is, nobody is exempted from this wrath… we are all sinners!
“Yes, all have sinned; fall short of God’s glorious ideal” (Romans 3:23).
The Bad News
When God told Adam and Eve that they will die when they did not trust his word, he meant it. And they will die, not just death as we know it, but death that will equal to eternal separation from God. No punishment is greater that being separated from a wonderful creator.
And of course, we have inherited this also: “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
Death. That’s what sin shall bring us.
We can’t do anything about it
No amount of good works can cure this sin problem. “… and all our righteousness are as filthy rags” (Isa. 64:6) Even how hard we try, we will “keep on falling short of God’s standard”. Do we have any hope?
…the SON : The Good News
God did not end everything there. I’m glad that God has a plan! And it actually worked!
Instead of us dying because of this sin problem, he sent his SON Jesus Christ to die on our behalf. Jesus, being a CREATOR decided to take the form of a CREATURE only for us humans to understand this great love of God. He took our filthy clothes, replaced ours with his, and hang himself on that cross. He died so that we can wear a pure, shiny white shirt. Then he rose again to secure our future. And by what Jesus did on that cross, God forgave all of our sins – past, present, future – and declared us righteous in his eyes.
Some call it the ‘gospel’, I simply call it awesome love!
How, then, can I be saved?
Since we can’t do anything to solve our sin problem, and that God has solved it thru his SON, all we need to do is to accept this wonderful grace by faith.
“Because of His kindness you have been saved through trusting Christ. And even trusting is not of yourselves – it too is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good that we have done, so none of us can take any credit for it” (Ephesians 2:8, 9)
Now if you are still thinking that you can gain eternal life by doing good works [your good works are ‘good’, not bad at all, so continue doing it, but…], let me say this again… we are saved only by grace, only thru faith in Christ’s finished work of redemption. Hey! It’s free! God has planed this long ago, so why don’t you accept it now. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and trust him all your life. Man! That’s the best news I have ever heard in my entire life.
“The testimony is this: God has given us eternal life and this life has its source in His Son. Whoever has the Son has this life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11, 12).
Accept this free gift now, accept Jesus, believe what he has done for you, let him be your life… and entrust everything under the SON.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I need you. I confess that I am a sinner. I believe that you died on the cross to pay for all my sins. With Your help, I will turn away from sins. Please come into my life and be my Savior and my Master. I accept your gift of eternal life. Make me the kind of new person you want me to be. Thank you for coming into my life and giving me eternal life. Amen.
(Postscript: “There is rejoicing (our term: partying) in heaven when one soul repents”. If ever this article helped you in a way in your decision to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, please let me know. I would like to join all heavens as they party because of your decision. Tell me your testimony and with your permission, I’ll post it here in the site so others can be blessed by and draw strength from it.)