Because of Jesus

If you’re wanting to know more about Christianity, how to be a Christian, or why we come to church, you need to understand who Jesus is and what he has done for us.

The central theme of the Bible is about how man became separated from God and how God himself made a plan to restore man to a relationship with himself.

Your personal story needs to begin with an understanding of what the Bible calls sin. Sin is everything that disobeys God; everything that grieves God; everything that contradicts his Word (the Bible) and everything that goes against his plan and purpose for us. Each of his, no matter how hard we try to be ‘good’, are sinful by nature. We can’t help but be corrupt in our head, heart and actions and we fall short of God’s standards.

The Bad News

The bad news is that all the sin in our lives separates us from God, like a huge wall that comes between us and him. This wall is impossible for us to scale simply by hard work and by doing good deeds. There is no way we can reach God or know God because of this barrier of sin in our lives.

Because God is perfectly good and just, he holds everyone to the same standards. Just as when any person breaks the law, he or she is accountable and must face a penalty for this, and God also has to punish our sin. The Bible tells us that ‘the wages of sin is death’ (Romans 6:23). Wow – think about that…all of us are on death row. We’ve received our sentence and are just waiting for punishment to be carried out. The death talked about here includes physical death but there is more to it: it is also one of eternal separation from God and everything that is good – existence without any hope and with no relationship with God or others.

The Good News

The good news is that God loves us so much that he sent his Son Jesus so that none of us need die but instead can have eternal life! (John 3:16). All the punishment that was reserved for every human in history, was consolidated and poured out in judgment on Jesus when he died on the cross.

Jesus willingly took the punishment that was reserved for you, in order that you no longer be separated from God by your sin anymore!

By asking God for forgiveness of your sins, by trusting that Jesus died to pay the penalty for your sins and because Jesus rose from the dead, you can know God personally. Forgiveness from God destroys the wall that kept you apart from God, and utterly obliterates any obstacle stopping you from a real relationship with the Maker of the universe!

So it’s’ –

because of Jesus that we come to church;
because of Jesus that we have new life;
because of Jesus that we love and worship God and believe we have an amazing message to tell the world!

You can come to know God personally through faith in Jesus Christ right now. Why not pray this prayer?:

Prayer

Lord God, I realise that I have been living life for myself and have done wrong things against you. Thank you that you sent Jesus to die on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. I ask you Lord Jesus to be my personal Saviour and the Lord of my life from now on. Please come into my life and make me the kind of person you want me to be. Thank you for giving me the gift of eternal life and a relationship with God.

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