Why are we here? Why do we exist? Why does it seem like the world is falling apart? Is there hope for it? How can it change? How can I change? These are just a few questions that people face every day. Do you have a worldview that gives a satisfactory answer to these questions?
Do you know that you are here on the face of this Earth because God made it and he made you? He made everything and He made it good. Why is the world in such disarray? If God made the world good, why does it seem so bad? God made people with the ability to make decisions. He gave Adam and Eve one commandment: don't eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. All the other trees, vines and plants are yours, God said, but not this one. We don't know how long it took them to break the command, but we know that they eventually did what we all would have done...they ate the fruit.
When sin entered the world it affected every part of it. With sin came death, disease, destruction, and shame. Adam and Eve were ashamed and tried to cover their own sin, but it wouldn't work. Only God could cover it and He did so with the first sacrifice. It points to the answer to the next question we all ask at one point or another. Is there any hope for this world? Yes there is. The first sacrifice points to the last Sacrifice.
We've all eaten the fruit and sinned against God. We need a covering for that shame, and it's offered through Jesus Christ. He is God's son, sent into the world as the final sacrifice. He lived a perfect life, in order to be the perfect sacrifice. God is a just God, and it would not be fitting for a just God to allow all sort of vile sin for years and years and require no punishment or justice. He did require it and it was paid for by the death of Jesus on the cross. That is the hope for the world.
The tab you clicked to get to this page reads "A New Life". How is it that death brings life? The answer lies in the tomb where they lay Jesus some 2000 years ago. Actually the answer rose from that tomb! There is indisputable historical evidence that three days after Jesus was placed in that tomb, He rose again. So out of the most tragic death the world has ever seen, comes the most abundant life anyone could ever imagine. Jesus rose from the dead and then after 40 days He ascended into heaven, promising to return to judge the world and save his people.
You might be thinking that all this sounds great, but surely the God of all heaven and earth wouldn't have you. Good news, He will. In the Bible (Romans 5:8), we read this, "But God showed His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Notice that it was "while we were sinners." No one can clean himself up to get to God, and you are not alone in being a sinner. That same book (Romans 3:23) says, "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." We're all in the same boat. We all need Jesus.
Are you ready to have a new life in Jesus? Here's the deal, it's a life for life transaction. Colossians 3:3 speaks of the current reality of those who have found forgiveness in Jesus: "for you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God." Those who are willing to confess their sin and receive Jesus as Lord have become hidden with Christ. What does that mean? It means that now when you stand before the Almighty God and He looks at you, instead of seeing your life, He will see Jesus' life. He'll see the perfect, righteous, holy life of Jesus and pronounce you "innocent." Not only that, but you move from having a dead life to an alive life, a new life. In this life, you have the freedom to be who God is calling you to be and do what He wants you to do.
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