The Problem of Sin
When we look around the world today, we see a world that God created to be a reflection of His beauty and glory. On the other hand, this world has been tarnished by sin, so we also see pain, crime, death, sickness and all kinds of trouble. The question is why?
God created this world to be good, to be beautiful and to be enjoyed. In the book of Genesis, however, we see that because of the rebellion of mankind, a curse was placed upon the earth. This is the same curse we still see in the world today. This rebellion against God, humanities sinfulness, affects everyone on a corporate and individual level.
As the Bible says, "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23) and have broken God's perfect Law. Romans 6:23 says that "the wages of sin is death," and unfortunately for us, this includes everybody. No matter how good and righteous we think we may be, the Bible says all of us are found guilty in sin, and that there is a severe penalty to be paid, the penalty of death. Fortunately, because of God’s love, He did something to save us.
God’s Solution to Humanity’s Problem
The good news of the gospel is that God loved us enough to intervene in our world so He could save us from our sin. God sent His Son, Jesus, who was born as a human being from the virgin, Mary. Jesus lived a perfect life of obedience and fulfilled God's Law and standard of perfection. He then went to the cross in the place of sinners, was crucified and killed and took the punishment for the sins of humanity.
God is a perfect God and is a just judge, so because of this there must be punishment for sin, and thankfully, Jesus came to take our punishment. The Bible says in Romans 5:8 that "God showed His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ came to die for us." The famous John 3:16 says, "for God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."
You see, Jesus didn’t just die for our sins, but three days later He rose from the dead. In His resurrection he showed that he was Lord of lords and King of kings. He showed that He had all power and authority, even over the curse, sin, death and hell. Since this is the case, Jesus shares this same victory with all those who would come to trust in Him. However, we have to respond in the way that He has commanded.
Humanity’s Required Response
In our world, there are many different religions and proposed "ways" to get to God. However, the Bible says that Jesus is the only way to salvation. He is our only chance at being made right with God. Jesus declared in John 14:6 that, "I am the way, the truth and the life, and no one comes to God the Father except through me." In addition, Acts 4:12 says, "there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
So how do we begin this relationship with God through Christ? The Bible says that we must repent of our sins, and believe in Jesus, trusting what He has done for us on our behalf. Ephesians 2:8-9 says "for by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." In other words, we can't be "good enough" but rather must accept what God has already done for us. Before we really believe, we must repent of our sins and of our former lives (change of mind / confession of sin / change of direction). Repentance includes forsaking all attempts to save ourselves, and fully submitting to God’s will and plan of salvation. Now of course, no one will have a perfect repentance, but it simply starts by acknowledging your need for Christ.
The Final Result
When we repent of our former ways of thinking and living and fully embrace faith in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven, cleansed, redeemed and restored. We have no fear in life or death and have a hope that transcends all circumstances. The Bible says that "if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. The old has gone; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). In addition, Romans 8:1 says "there is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
The separation that was between us and God has been removed. "To all who did receive Him [Christ], who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). We are blessed children of God who have been redeemed. Our former sins have been made "whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7) and God has “cleansed us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). God has placed His Spirit within us to lead us and to help us grow in holiness and obedience to the will of God.
You can make the decision today to accept God’s offer of love, grace, hope and forgiveness. Remember, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).