As a church, we exist because of what Jesus has done, and we exist to see him glorified until he returns.
Maybe you don’t know much about Jesus. Maybe you’ve never given him much thought.
Who is Jesus?
To understand Jesus, we have to turn to the best information we have about Jesus: the Bible. And we have to start way back at the beginning of Creation.
When God created the world, he created it good (Genesis 1:30). He created human beings, a man and woman to be in a special relationship with him, and to rule over the world, under him (Genesis 2:15-18).
Tragically, the man and the woman rebelled against God by disobeying him (Genesis 3:1-7). At this point, sin entered the world, and separated man from God. Because God is holy, he could not tolerate sin, and so he sent the man and the woman out of his presence, and cursed them to die (Genesis 3:22-24).
Every human being since has inherited this sinfulness, and the separation from our Creator that it causes (Romans 5:12). You and I are under the same curse.
But God had a plan in place to deal with our sin, and restore that relationship even better than it was before. He began with the nation of Israel, and through his relationship with them, worked out his plan to ultimately provide a way of salvation to the whole world.
This plan came to a head in Jesus (Acts 10:43). Jesus is the Son of God; God come down to earth in human form. He lived a perfect life, life that we could not live; and he died as a perfect sacrifice for our sin, something we could not do. He paid the price in full, completely satisfying God’s anger at our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). This is what the cross is all about.
But Jesus didn’t stay dead. Three days after his execution, God raised him from the dead. This was for two reasons: first, it showed that God was satisfied with his sacrifice; second, by rising from the dead, he opened a way for you and I to follow him into eternal life with our Creator forever, restoring that relationship that was damaged way back in Genesis 3 (Acts 17:31).
Where to from here?
The Bible says “…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9 ESV) What does this really mean? Well, it means that you need to
- Confess Admit to God that he is God of your life, admit that you are a sinner, and admit that Jesus is your only hope
- Claim Accept what Jesus has done for you. Accept that you could not pay the price for your own sin, and that you don’t deserve anything from God but his judgement. Come to him in the name of Jesus.
- Continue Ask God to take over and transform your life with his Holy Spirit. Ask him to give you everything you need to live in your new eternal relationship with your Creator. This is a prayer God loves to answer!
If you have decided to do this, and give yourself to God through Jesus, then make sure you tell someone. We’d love you to tell us, so we can help you live the Christian life.
If you have any questions, or if you want any help with taking this step, then please get in touch with us. We’d love to help you on your way, and rejoice with you when you have found real life in Jesus Christ.