The biggest crisis facing the human race is not terrorism, or climate change, or the global economy, but rather sin. Sin is the rejection of and rebellion against a holy God.
Unfortunately sin carries a heavy penalty: death. Death in the biblical sense is eternal separation from God – often referred to as hell. The Bible is very clear on this issue: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23 ESV).
What’s Love got to do with it?
The bad news is that sin leads to death. The good news is that God has a plan that leads to life. In what is possibly the most quoted verse from the Bible, John 3:16, Jesus says: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (ESV)
God’s Son, Jesus lived a perfect life. A life lived in complete obedience to God and in complete harmony with God’s will. Therefore Jesus Christ is the only one who is qualified to pay our sin debt – to do our jail time – and obtain a pardon for us from God.
Jesus is God’s Chosen One, His Messiah sent by God to win our release from the bondage of sin and death. God, the Father said: … "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him."(Matthew 17:5 ESV)
Jesus says about Himself: … "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.(John 14:6 ESV)
The Holy Spirit speaking through Peter says of Jesus: “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."(Acts 4:12 ESV)
So What Now?
Do you have a nagging feeling that all is not well with your soul, and perhaps that something important is missing from your life? It may be that God is calling you to Himself , calling you back from a life of sin and death to a new life of hope. If the Gospel message makes any sense to you, find a Bible believing, Bible preaching church and let God’s sin-cleansing, life changing Word wash over you.
Repentance is important because once you realize that there is sin in your life, you must also have the will to turn away from sin and turn towards God’s commands and promises. You also must understand that Jesus did for you what you could not do for yourself. The next step is Believing that Jesus Christ died on the Cross in your place as payment for your sin.
The final step on the path to salvation is Confessing that Jesus Christ is “Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”(Philippians 2:11 ESV)
Jesus Did It All!
When you know that you have been forgiven your sin because of Jesus’ death on the Cross, and saved from an eternity in hell and instead receiving everlasting life in the presence of God, your heart will be filled with joy and peace and thanks for the love and mercy He has shown you.