First we have to admit that we are all sinners. (Whether or not we’ll admit it out loud – we each know we are!) Sin isn’t a very pleasant subject, but the Bible declares it and experience confirms it.
God, on the other hand is absolutely pure and spotless.
He is described as Light,
while sin is described as darkness. Light and darkness can’t exist together. Therefore, we as sinful people can’t exist with a sinless God. So, how do we as sinners find a way to get rid of our sin so that we can be reconciled to a Holy God – Who put us on this earth because He wanted fellowship with us?
The Bible tells us that Jesus, God’s Son, was sent to earth to solve this fundamental problem. He came to be the “Savior.” Because God’s punishment for sin is death, and because of our sin we each deserved to die, God chose to have Jesus come and live among us – becoming one of us and experiencing all the same troubles and trials that we do – and then receive the death sentence for all of us, even though He never sinned.
When He was crucified on the cross, He was taking our death sentence on Himself. Our death sentence – or eternal separation from God – was wiped out — with one little string attached:
That forgiveness of sin is not automatic. God does not force it on us. He gave us free will to sin – and free will to choose salvation. And while we can’t earn it – we can refuse it!
If I am to benefit from the death of Jesus for me, I must take a few simple steps…