Before Christ, I was deluded and deceived. I thought I was a good person until God, in His mercy, goodness, and love, drew me unto Himself. He revealed Himself to me through the Scriptures and in turn the truth about who I am, apart from Him, was revealed.
I was a wretched, desperately wicked sinner who had repeatedly sinned against my Creator–the one true, living God who is holy and righteous. I was deserving of death and eternal condemnation.
However, as I read the Scriptures I found hope. All was not lost. I didn’t have to accept the death and eternal condemnation I deserved. I could choose to repent of my sins and receive salvation and eternal life.
I learned about a man named Jesus, the Son of God, who came to earth in flesh–being God and man. He lived on earth and was tempted in every way that we are tempted, yet He was without sin.
I learned that because of Jesus’s love for His Father and all of mankind, He laid down His life. He was brutally beaten, tortured, and murdered for my sin and the sin of all of mankind. He stood in the gap for me…for us. Instead of me or you dying for our sin, He died for it.
And the only thing we have to do to receive this gift of salvation, this pardon, is to confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead (Roman’s 10:9) and we will be saved from the death and eternal condemnation that awaits us.
If you are reading this, I want you to know that no matter how good of a person you think you are, you have sinned against your Creator–the one, true living God who is holy and righteous in all of His ways.
God is a righteous judge. He judges sin, and the sin that you have committed requires a payment. You can choose to reject Jesus and the gift of salvation. At the end of your life, you can attempt to pay for your sin but understand you won’t be able to. The only sufficient payment is the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for all of mankind on a Roman cross almost 2000 years ago.
Rejecting Jesus and the gift of salvation means that you will be judged for your sin and the death and eternal condemnation you deserve, you will receive.
This is not about fear. This is about you choosing between life and death. Today, you can choose to repent of your sins and receive salvation and eternal life. You can choose Jesus. You can choose to be reconciled to your Creator, your Father, the One who loved you so much that He sent His Son to die in your place. The One who has an earthly and eternal plan and purpose for your life. I hope you choose rightly. ❤