We believe God loves you – and Jesus is the proof of this.
The bible tells us that in the beginning “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31) God wanted us to live in a good world and He wanted to have a close friendship with each of us. Unfortunately man decided to reject God, to do his own thing and so ‘sin’ entered the world. ‘Sin’ is something that goes against what God thinks is right.
Sin separates us from God and the just penalty (consequence) for our sin is spiritual death. In the Old Testament times, God allowed animals to be sacrificed for people’s sin and would accept the shed blood in place of the person’s own life. But, ever since man had first sinned, God had planned a permanent solution: a final, once-for-all sacrifice that could pay the penalty for everyone’s sin and see justice done.
The plan was this: to send his own son, Jesus, to voluntarily offer His own life as the sacrifice to pay the penalty for our sin. Jesus is himself God and he was born as a human baby and lived on this earth leading a perfect, sinless life. This was prophesied by Isaiah hundreds of years before Jesus was born: “We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him.” (Isaiah 53:6)
And this is what God did. The fact that Jesus lived and walked on this earth is historical fact. There is more evidence of the existence of Jesus than there is of Julius Caesar. He was born in Bethlehem, grew up to be a carpenter, and lived a perfect life never sinning once. He loved and healed people, taught them about God and was then falsely accused and crucified by the Romans outside of Jerusalem. He did all this willingly because He loved you so much that He wanted to save you from the judgement you deserve. Hebrews 12:2 says: “…for the joy set before Him Jesus endured the cross, scorning its shame…” Then Jesus came back to life again three days after his death because Death could not hold the son of God.
This wonderful plan is summed up in one of the most well know Bible passages, John 3:16-18: “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending His Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in Him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust Him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to Him” (The Message Bible).
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