1. God loves you, created you in His image, and wants you to live in purpose and relationship with Him.
God originally created humanity in order to have relationship and to entrust us with the responsibility of partnering with Him in the rule and management of the earth.
2. However, the world and all of humanity are broken because we have made poor, self-centered choices in opposition to God and others.
Right from the account of Adam & Eve in Genesis 3 choices were made in opposition to God’s direction and humanity has made similar choices ever since rebelling against their Creator and ultimately harming one another. The Bible calls these self-centered choices sin. As a result…
3. There are consequences for our poor choices
Rulership on this earth was usurped by the devil – the powers of darkness. Humanity no longer had access to the tree of life and were destined for death physically. The influence of evil and the sinful choices of humanity are witnessed daily in the news. People harming one another. All of our relationships in life experience disappointment and hurt through sinful choices. We experience deep shame & guilt because of our sin. We are even powerless to follow through with doing what is right and are enslaved to doing what is sinful. Ultimately, though, at the core of who we are, as spiritual beings made in the image of God, we have suffered damage in our relationship with our Creator. Sin has damaged who we are spiritually. We are dead spiritually and need to be revived and restored.
4. God continues to pursue us in order to restore
Right from the beginning of humanity, in the Genesis 3 account, God calls out to Adam & Eve asking “Where are you?” He is seeking to make things right with us. He did that throughout the Old Testament scriptures of the Bible revealing who He is primarily through the people of Israel. He raised up leaders and prophets who followed Him and shared how to live in relationship with God. All along though, people primarily chose to go their own way in opposition to God. And yet there was a glimmer of hope that a Messiah would come. The Scriptures foretold about the Messiah and what He would be like. He would be someone who would be a suffering servant and a king in the lineage of king David among many other descriptions. He would be the one who would deliver humanity from the damage of sin, restore us, and ultimately defeat the powers of darkness in the world.
5. Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, is the only way to restoration.
The New Testament of the Bible has several accounts of the life of Jesus. He miraculously came into the world, lived with purpose and ultimately died for us which revealed the greatness of God’s love. Jesus claimed to have the power to forgive sins, calmed the wind & the waves, walked on water, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, delivered demoniacs, claimed to be one with the Father, be the one in the future that would be seen sitting on the throne at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds yet He was born in humble circumstances, suffered, served others and washed the feet of His disciples. After his crucifixion, the Bible tells us that He rose from the dead and He appeared to over five hundred people prior to His ascension. There is much historical evidence to support that Jesus did in fact rise from death. Some of Jesus last words on the cross were, “It is finished.” He completed what He set out to do which was to make a way possible for humanity to be restored back into relationship with God. The shedding of His blood makes it possible for us to be forgiven. God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. Along with the forgiveness of all our sins, He also disarmed the powers of darkness. He is the author and perfecter of our faith. Jesus is our model in how to live life in dependence upon God. He told His disciples that He was the only way to the Father. He yielded to the Father’s will that He would lay down His life of His own accord. There was no other option the Father showed Jesus for our salvation. Jesus death was the only way for us to be reconciled with the Father.
6. We invite Jesus into our lives by faith.
Through understanding who Jesus is, you can invite Him to come into your life in order to be your Lord and Savior. You can do this by faith. You do not earn your salvation. This is God’s gift to us and we have the choice whether to accept His offer or not. If we invite Jesus into our life, we have the Son, and we have the life. By faith, in the promises from the Bible we are assured that He is there.
You can receive Jesus by faith right now through prayer. Here is a prayer that you could pray:
Dear Jesus, thank you for loving me and wanting to be in relationship with me. I have made a mess of things and have sinned over and over. Thank you for dying on the cross so that my sins could be forgiven and making the way possible for me to have relationship with God. Please come into my life-into my heart. Help me to understand Your love more and more so that I can better follow You. Help me to love others as You have loved me. Thank you for giving me eternal life.
7. Through ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ we can live in the purpose and fullness of who He created us to be.
Just as we need to spend time in order to get to know others, we need to spend time getting to know God. We can do this in a variety of ways. We can read the Bible and we can talk with Him in prayer. Nowadays we can watch videos or read sermons or teachings about faith in Jesus that can assist in understanding His direction for our lives. The Bible also directs us to spend time with other followers of Jesus who can encourage us in our faith. So please seek out other followers of Jesus. The Bible said that you will recognize those that are His disciples because of their love.
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