It doesn’t take much to look around the world and see that things are fundamentally broken and flawed. Something is inherently wrong with the world around us and this is evident every morning when we wake up. The news seems to be a highlight reel of the world’s suffering, brokenness, and flaws.
If we are honest, there is something fundamentally flawed inside of each one of us too. We don’t love others and God like we should. We don’t think like we should. We don’t use our words like we should. We don’t act and fight for justice like we should.
The Bible explains that this brokenness is a result of one thing – Sin
Death, pain, suffering, hurt, and tears are a result of our rebellion from our Creator. Things are not as they ought to be in our world because we have strayed from God and His commands. This has created a division between us and our Creator, each other and the created order.
No matter how hard we try, work, vote, or learn, the results of our sin and brokenness is never far behind. On our own, we are helpless and groaning for things to be made right. This is bad news.
But this is where redemption, hope, and good news comes into the story!
God, whom we ran from, didn’t discard or leave His creation stranded. Instead, He lovingly decided to save us from our sin and creation from the bondage of sin. In His loving and redemptive plan, the Father sent His Son, Jesus, to this earth, to put on flesh and blood, experience what we experience (joy, pain, temptation, etc), live the perfect life that we failed to live, and ultimately, die on the cross for our sins and rebellion.
On the cross, Jesus paid the debt for our sins that we could never pay. The one who never sinned, died for those who only knew sin. Jesus took the punishment that we deserve. Then 3 days later, Jesus rose from the dead to show his power over sin, death, hell, and satan.
Now, we are offered redemption and hope!
The Creator of this universe offers us forgiveness of sin and promises to wipe away all the shame and guilt because the price has already been paid by Jesus. God offers us freedom from our sin. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection has the power to release us from the bondage of our sin. We can live as free people now.
All that is required to experience this redemption, forgiveness, salvation and freedom is faith. We don’t have to earn salvation from God. We cannot be good enough to release us from our debt of sin. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is a gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Faith is placing our confidence that through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, we are saved from our sins. Faith is understanding that we offer nothing to our salvation. Faith is trusting that Jesus did the work of salvation and we simply accept the work He has done. When we stand before God, our only hope will not be our resume, accomplishments, good works, or reputation, but Jesus.
The good news of Jesus gets even better;
God is not finished with His redemptive plan!
…He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.'” The time is coming when He will completely bring to pass His redemptive purposes. At this time, He will make all things new and fulfill our deepest longings.
Revelation 21:1-4 tells us of what’s to come for those who have experienced the saving grace of God, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the seas was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man…
If you would like to respond to the redemption offered to us in Jesus, then decide now to respond in faith to the Good News of Jesus.
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