You’re at a crossroad. You can continue to living life your way or turn your life over to the One who created you. Possibly you don’t see any reason for a change. Maybe you think you’re handling things fine on your own. Maybe you don’t believe you’re doing anything wrong that might warrant a trip to hell if you don’t choose Jesus.
I’m not here to convince you one way or the other. I’m going to let God speak for Himself the way He likes to best – through the Bible.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Check out the verse carefully. See it? The second word? ALL. Yes, “all” includes you. You “have sinned.” Born into this world as a sinner because of the one sin, Adam’s sin, you don’t know the need for Jesus in your life. But, there’s no way out of your predicament on your own.
Because of your sin, you fall short of seeing God and His glory. You won’t make it to heaven by your power. Living a wholesome life or paying your way won’t give you eternal life. You are a sinner. Trust me, I know it’s hard to face, but I’m telling you what God says, not what I say.
“All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.”
Here again, we see the word “ALL.” We strayed away from God to follow our own decisions and choices. You strayed without realizing it. You ask friends and family for advice and make decisions based on logic or emotion. How is that going for you so far? Will the choices you make help or hinder you from seeing God? If you are following your path, you strayed from God, and according to what he says in Romans 3:23, you won’t see him.
“Yet” (this first word of the second sentence is crucial), “the Lord laid on him the sins of all.” There it is again, all – you included. The “Lord” in this case is God and “him” is Jesus Christ. God give Jesus all your sins on the cross.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Already God’s Word revealed you’re a sinner, even if you think your life is sinless – I know, you’ve never murdered anyone, or stolen a car, or committed any crime worthy of jail time. However, God sees the multitude of sins secretly hidden. These offenses, and the ones from your past lead to death. Somehow, someone somewhere needs to pay for your sins. Otherwise, you’re going straight to hell with no opportunity for salvation.
But, God freely offered his only son Jesus Christ to be the ransom for your sin. See, Jesus is the someone, somewhere, who somehow willingly paid the wages of your sin.
“And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people…”
You are going to die. There’s no denying it. In fact, if we agree on anything it is you (and I) will stop breathing somewhere down the road. You don’t know when or where, but all humans across the board agree our bodies are temporary.
Hebrews confirms this – as does your experience – but the writer goes on to say that after your destiny toward death judgment comes. Just as you are destined for judgment after your physical death, so was Jesus Christ intended as the sacrifice for your sins. Who would choose a destiny to die for someone 2000 years later? Jesus Christ would, and he did. He obeyed so you could choose God and receive freedom from sin, judgment, and eternal death.
“But God demonstrates his deep love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Make the verse more personal: “God proves his deep love me for by doing this: While I was still sinning, Christ died for me.”
Maybe you think you need to clean up your act first. You’ve got big problems. Your life is a mess. The second best part of this verse reminds you that you don’t have to get it all together before recognizing your sin and accepting God’s free gift of eternal life. The verse says “While we were still sinners, Christ died…” You’re not going to get clean enough to get near the holy, pure, righteous God – that’s why he sent Jesus. Take a look at the next verse…
I Peter 3:18
“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit…”
Jesus Christ left heaven and was born as a human into this world (Matthew 1:18-24). He departed heaven, became human and died to bring you personally to God. He is righteous; you are not. Neither was I before I accepted the gift of Jesus’ death on a cross for my sin. The provision is available for you too.
“God saved you by his grace because of your faith. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
You receive God’s loving gift of salvation by believing, because of your faith that Jesus died for your sin – for you. He’s not looking for robots. Your free will makes the choice. However, God knows you inside and out and recognizes you need help making the decision for future blessings in this short life on earth and eternal life in heaven.
God’s help is called grace. Grace comes to you when you believe He can and will save you and covers the sin which separates you from Him. Grace came in the form of a man, his son, Jesus Christ. You don’t play a role in the gift except to accept it. You’re doing good things will not credit you a place in heaven. Only your faith and belief, along with God’s gift, guarantee it.
Titus 3:5-7 backs this up by saying, “…and he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace, he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”
John 1:12; Rev 3:20
“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.”
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
Pssst, there’s that ALL word again. By believing what God says, God adopts you. You receive the right to be called His child and share in the glory we talked about in Romans 3:23.
Hear his voice through these scriptures? Do you see the truth of your sin and the lost privilege by not receiving the message of Jesus? You lose the joy of becoming God’s child. Don’t delay. Open the door. Jesus is knocking, patiently waiting for you to choose him.
Let’s pray together:
I realize today I am a sinner. I hid my sin from people, but I see now I cannot hide it from You. Thank you for your free gift of eternal life. I believe Jesus is your son and you sent him to die in my place. I understand I can never earn my way into heaven, but you proved your love to me by sending Jesus to take on my sin. Thank you for adopting me into your family. Thank you for loving me enough to feel the pain of the death of your son, for raising him from the dead, and seating him at your right hand while he waits for me to share in eternal life. Amen.
God’s Promise: John 5:24; I John 5:13
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
Count on these promises. You “heard” from God’s Word today by reading this blog. You believe God sent Jesus to take on your sins. Now you know you won’t face judgment or condemnation. You have crossed over from death to eternal life! Praise the Lord!
Welcome into the family of God!