At one time, in our human history, we were perfect. Morally flawless. We were perfectly happy. We loved each other freely, happily, and without suspicion,fear, or reservations. We related to each other without selfishness of any kind. No petty disputes. No cliques. No exclusiveness. No lies. No unresolved conflicts. Broken relationships didn’t exist. We walked in unbroken, intimate relationship with God, our holy Creator. The happy result: No sorrow. No loss. No loneliness. No unrequited love. No hate. No war. No racism. No abortion. No bullying. Only perfect love for God and one another. Life was perfect in those days!
But then something happened. The first man and the first woman had been doing so well. They enjoyed perfect lives. They were perfect. But God tested them. He asked them not to eat fruit from a certain tree. Named Adam and Eve, they wanted to eat the fruit anyway. So they did? Unhappy result? Something happened inside them. They died spiritually. They couldn’t face God or each other. They became sinful in nature. From the beginning, we all have inherited their sinful natures. THe world became filled with evil. It broke God’s heart. And made Him angry.
God was, you can say, caught between a rock and a hard place. He had to do something about all this evil that was so against HIs will! Being 100% holy, He had to punish us and our sins. Being 100% loving, He yearned to forgive us and redeem us. And He came up with a plan that shows His infinite wisdom. In His plan, He totally satisfied HIs justice and showed His perfect love for you and for me!
God, out of His infinite love and matchless wisdom, came up with His one-of-a-kind plan. He sent His one and only Son, Jesus, into this world. Jesus, God the Son, came into this world as a embryo, then fetus, then an infant. He grew as we all do, and lived a perfect human life. Tempted in all parts of his humanity, just like us, He never sinned. He lived the perfect human life we could not. Murdered on a cross, He willingly died for us. And in our place! Now, God’s justice has been 100% satisfied. But Jesus had to die for it to happen.
But Jesus did not stay dead! He returned to life again. He appeared in the same body that He spent all His human life in. In a glorified state. He appeared to His followers and to 500 people. Then God, His Father, took Him home to Heaven. Then Jesus sent us His Spirit to Earth. Jesus is no longer here in body. In Spirit, He lives inside all of those who have trusted Him as Savior and Lord.
Yes, Jesus is Savior and Lord, but is He your Savior and Lord? If He isn’t, He can become that, today. To receive His forgiveness, all we need to do is repent and believe. Repent means that we change our minds about our sin, and agree with God that we are sinners against Him. To believe, we trust Jesus alone to save us from sin’s penalty and power, and agree to devote the rest of our lives to Him. God then forgives us, sees us as perfect before Him, and empowers us to live as we ought. And He gives us tons of awesome promises!
It’s great knowing that we are saved from sin, its power and its penalty. But what are we saved for? Though we trust Jesus and follow Him, we still sin daily. In thought, word and deed. Daily, we need to ask God for forgiveness. The difference? We are becoming more and more free of sin. We are saved to know God, love Him, and trust Him. And to serve others. So let’s live our lives to please Him, because Jesus can come back any day!