The Gospel

The good news is that "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" (1 Tim 1:15).  The living God is a Rescuer, a Savior.  He sent his own Son—Jesus, the Messiah—into the world to seek and save the lost.  The eternal Son of God, through whom the galaxies were created, invaded human history!  He took on human flesh and lived a perfect life among us, in sinless obedience to his Father’s commands.  Jesus chose to die on the cross for lawbreakers, sinners like us.  He suffered and bore the wrath of his Father in the place of anyone who would ever repent of his sins (turn from them) and place his faith (trust) in the Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Why were such drastic measures necessary?  Because all people--regardless of religious background or culture--were made in God's image, designed to reflect God's character to the world.  But we have all turned away from God and chosen to live for ourselves instead of for him.  We have failed to honor God or give him thanks.  And so, since God is infinitely good and uncompromisingly just, we are all under his right condemnation.  We are all by nature guilty before him.  Yet, in spite of all this, God loved us and sent his Son to save us through his death on the cross.

 God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  How can we be sure?  God raised his Son from the dead!  And Jesus has now ascended into heaven where he reigns as King of the universe, waiting until the right time to return for his people.   Now, the people of Christ are not merely forgiven, but family.  By faith alone, we have been brought back into a priceless relationship with our heavenly Father, the Creator of all things.  We call him “Abba, Father!”  He accepts us and loves us—not because of anything we have done—but solely because of the sacrifice of His Son.  We have now been freed from slavery to sin.  We have received an inheritance, a treasure, that can never be taken away.  And the day is coming when we will be with him.  Jesus will return to "save those who are eagerly waiting for him" (Heb. 9:28).  On that day, “They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God” (Rev 21:3).  God is the treasure, and he is ours forever, only through Jesus Christ.   

        

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