Most people have heard about Jesus but knowing Him personally is different. Many people have heard about the Queen, but inviting her into your house and building up a relationship with her is a lot different than just hearing
Jesus is inviting each one of us into a personal relationship with Him. Many people find in life that there is an emptiness within them. They wil try to fill it with money, success, material possessions, alcohol, drugs or fame but only
Jesus Christ can fill this emptiness. There is nothing that this world is offering which could compare to knowing Jesus Christ personally and the love He has for us.
Would you say that you are you a good person? How many of God's ten commandments
can you name? Once we realise that we have sinned against God, we understand that we are deserving of punishment. In fact, our sin is so serious that it causes us to die, it allowed evil and suffering to enter the world.
Let's see how you do for the
1. You shall have no other gods before Me. (Have you always loved God above all else?)
2. You shall not make yourself an idol. (Have you made a god in your mind that you're more comfortable with?)
3. You shall not use God's name
in vain. (This is called blasphemy, have you ever used the name of the One who gave you life to express disgust?)
4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
5. Honour your father and mother. (Have you always been obedient to your parents?)
6. You shall not murder. (God considers hatred to be murder at heart, have you ever hated anyone?)
7. You shall not commit adultery. (Jesus said that whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has already commited adultery with her in his heart).
8. You shall not steal. (Have you ever stolen anything? The value of the item is irrelevant).
9. You shall not lie. (Have you ever lied, even once? Including when answering these questions).
10. You shall not covet. (Have you ever jealously
desired what belongs to others?).
The Bible tells us that even if we stumble at just one part, we are guilty of breaking it all!
'For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.' - James
On judgement day will you be found guilty or innocent of breaking God's commandments? Will you make it to Heaven?
Perhaps you think that because God is good, He will overlook our sin. However, it is His goodness which will
ensure that sinners won't go unpunished. He will even judge our own thoughts! God will make sure that all murderers, theives, rapists, liars etc. recieve justice.
God's law demands justice and the wages of our sin is death and Hell.
Good News is that because of God's amazing grace and love He has for us, He has made a way for us to be saved.
We broke God's law, but Jesus paid our fine.
'For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten
Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life' - John 3:16
Jesus Christ the Son of God came to this earth and voluntarily paid the punishment for our sin, so that we wouldn't have to. He took our place when
He nailed our sins to the cross.
He was completely innocent yet was made guilty of everything we have done wrong in our own lives, so that we could become right with God. Only someone innocent and sinless could pay that fine. Jesus
is the only person who has came into the world without sin. His sinless blood was the perfect payment for our sins.
We could never be good enough to get to Heaven. We have all sinned, I have fallen short, we have all fallen short of God's glory (Romans
3:23). This is why we need a Saviour.
We need His righteousness which is a free gift, not our own.
'For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord' - Romans 6:23
God requires of us is to humble ourselves and repent. He wants us to recieve His free gift of everlasting life by putting our faith and trust in Jesus as Lord and Saviour of our lives. Jesus paid our fine in full and there is nothing we can add to
that. It is finished. The debt has been paid! Jesus then rose on the third day, defeating death! The grave could not hold Him because He was without sin.
'But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ
died for us' - Romans 5:8
In the same way you would trust a parachute when you jump from a plane, we should trust in Jesus to save us. 'But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.'
- Romans 13:14