DO YOU KNOW JESUS?
Do you ever get the feeling that there is more to life than what you are currently experiencing? Do you yearn for a deeper kind of life? These yearnings are an evidence that we were made for something far greater than what this world has to offer.
God created us in his image. As image-bearers, we were meant to live our lives in a loving union or relationship with God and one another (see Genesis 1:26-28).
Why are we not living the way God designed us to live? What happened?! The problem is that we have inherited a problem: a heart problem. Our hearts desire to live our own way and to ignore God’s design for our lives. We are designed to glorify or reflect who God is in the world, but because of our sin we fall short. One of the earliest Christian leaders, the apostle Paul, wrote: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). A little later, Paul wrote: “the wages of sin is death” or eternal separation from God. God is holy and just and so he is not able to overlook sin. This is the sad and terrible state humanity is in.
God Gives Life Through Jesus Christ
The good news (or the gospel) is that God has made a way for us to be reconciled back to him. He did this by sending his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus, the perfect and eternal Son of God, became a man so that he could die in our place on the cross for our sins. He did this so that our sins might be forgiven and so we might be brought back into union with God forever.
Romans 5:10 says: “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.”
How Will You Respond to Jesus?
God gives eternal life with him to anyone who will turn from their sin and receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Eternal life is the life we were made for. How will you respond?
Romans 10:9 says: “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 says: “For God has not destined us [believers] for wrath [eternal punishment], but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep me might live with him.”