God’s own sacrifice provides eternal life to repentant, undeserving, trusting hearts
What event is the most significant happening in all of history? Unequivocally, it has to be the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Nothing like it ever happened before ... or since. And no event in the history of the world has ever been more celebrated.
The Bible says that Jesus was God Himself. His perfect life on the earth, His substitutionary death and His resurrection from the grave carry meaning almost beyond description. Realize these points:
1. God is the holy, dynamic, wrathful, personal, loving Creator of the universe. He is all the Bible says—plus. He is perfect in all His characteristics; His greatness is unimaginable to the human mind. (Genesis 1; Psalm 8:4-6, 19:1; Isaiah 6:3, 40:1-31).
2. God made us to glorify Him by keeping His standards for living our lives, and, thus, to glorify and enjoy Him (Leviticus 19:2; Isaiah 43:6-7; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Matthew 4:10, 22:37; Mark 12:28-30; Revelation 4:11).
3. God will not, however, relate to us as long as our lives are characterized by sin—something He hates and judges harshly (1 Kings 8:46; Ephesians 2:3; Isaiah 59:2; Jeremiah 2:12-13, 13:23; Romans 3:23, 6:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:9). We were born sinners and are therefore under God's judgment. (Romans 5:12). It is our nature to sin, which gives us an automatic sentence to hell and the accompanying wrath of God. Committing even just one sin, the Bible says, makes us sinners against all of God's law. (Ezekiel 18:4; Matthew 25:46; Hebrews 9:27; James 2:10; 1 John 1:8,10).
4. God made only one way for us to escape this deserved fate and come to Him—through the shed blood and barbaric death of sinless Jesus, who was God Himself come down to earth as a man (John 1:14, 10:30; Acts 20:28; Romans 5:8; Hebrews 4:15). The resurrection of Jesus from the dead validated His deity (Acts 17:31). Through this great historical event, which was planned by God before Creation, God provided Himself (the only holy and just Sovereign in existence), as the only means of acquitting guilty sinners and providing Eternal Life (John 3:16; Romans 3:25-26, 5:1; 1 Corinthians 15:2; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Timothy 1:15; 1 Peter 2:24, 3:18).
5. God provides this free, unbuyable gift of Eternal Life—and escape from His righteous judgment—to all who repent and trust Him (John 1:12, 3:36, 5:24; Acts 3:19; Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9). Repentance is brokenly regretting our sin against God in the past and turning away from those sinful ways to a conscious, Holy Spirit-led lifestyle of seeking to please God in every thought, word and deed (Isaiah 55:7; Luke 13:3; John 14:15; Acts 17:30). Trusting Him means placing ALL hope for Eternal Life with God ONLY on the shed blood of Christ (John 14:6, Acts 4:12, 16:31; Romans 1:16, 10:9-10, 13; 1 John 5:12-13).
Call upon Jesus to save you from the bondage, the guilt and the punishment of sin. All who repent and call upon the name of the Lord (Romans 10:13) will be saved from God’s wrathful judgment.