Today, people are seeking to satisfy themselves in so many ways: financial comfort or security, increased popularity or respect, or the power to control their circumstances. But what happens when we fail, and we all fail many times throughout our lifetime? Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” Does your life feel full?
What do you think prevents us from having life to the fullest? The Bible says that we have all failed. It says that all have sinned and, as a result, deserve to be punished. Our sins may not seem that horrible; especially when we compare them to the horrendous stories that we hear on the news. Yet, our sins and failures still prevent us from truly enjoying life to the fullest. But there is a greater problem than merely missing out on a full life.
How do you think God would treat people like us? The Bible teaches that God is loving and merciful. It gives God great joy to forgive sinners and allow them to have a fresh start in life. But, the same Bible also teaches that God is holy and just and He will not allow any sin to go unpunished. It would be unjust for God to allow guilty people to go unpunished. We certainly would not want to face a human judge that we knew was unjust. This leaves us in a difficult dilemma; we have all sinned against God who is merciful and able to forgive sin, but He is also just and must punish sin.
God solved this dilemma through His Son, Jesus. God lovingly punished His own Son when He died in our place on the cross. The cross was not merely a sad event, it was the fulfillment of God’s promise to His people.
Did Jesus die for you? Jesus said that if you trust in Him as your Lord and Savior then His death paid the penalty for your sin and gives you the right to be called His child.
At this point, you have two options:
- You can take your chances and reject the gift that God has offered through His Son and continue to live how you want.
- You can admit that you need the forgiveness of sin, believe that the work of Jesus on the cross was for your sin and, then commit to obey Him.
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“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)