The Reason for it All

If you have read any of my blog, you probably have noticed the theme of God in most of my posts. Now, I am under no illusions that everyone that gets on here is a Christian. For those of you who are not, I hope that you have at least not been turned off toward Christianity through these posts, but rather intrigued.

If you don’t consider yourself a Christian, then this page is for you. In the following couple paragraphs, I have done my best to simply lay out the real reason for everything on this blog, the gospel. If you aren’t sure where you are going when you die, I implore you to continue reading.
As most of you probably know, the Bible starts off with the story of Adam and Eve.  In that story, they chose to eat the fruit from the one tree in the utopian Garden of Eden that they were instructed not to eat of, and so doing caused sin to enter into the world. From that moment on, the world was broken and there was a rift between God and man. Every person was sinful.  Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (NIV). Because of Adam and Eve’s sin, man would be forever separated from God and forced to pay the price for their sin in Hell. Because mankind had sinned, mankind must bear the punishment, but the punishment was too great for him to bear. God required perfection, and man could no longer deliver.

Mankind needed a savior. Someone who could bear the weight of the wrong that was done, a weight only God could bear, but a wrong only man could atone for. Enter Jesus. Jesus, God's son.  Jesus who is both fully God and fully man.  Fully man to bear the punishment for him, and fully God so that he could bear the weight of such a heavy punishment. The punishment was death, as Romans 6:23 points out, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (NIV).

Nobody takes another person’s punishment willingly unless they love the punished. But this is what Jesus did.  “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, NIV). In our place, Jesus died a painful death on the cross, bearing our punishment for us. But he didn’t stay dead. On the third day, he conquered death and rose again! Through his blood, we are washed clean of our sin. Having been made clean, we can now approach the God again and be reunited with him, but only through Jesus’ death. Jesus tells us himself in John 14:6 that, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (NIV). There are no other paths to salvation. Just Jesus.

All we have to do to be washed clean of our sin is to acknowledge our sin and ask forgiveness for it. It really is that simple! 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (NIV).

If you have never accepted this free gift of salvation, I beg of you to consider doing so today. It doesn’t matter what you have done, God’s gift covers all wrongs, no matter how horrible. Jesus loves you unconditionally. I just beg of you not to wait. You do not know what tomorrow holds. If you were to die without accepting the gift, it would be too late. So don’t wait.  As Blaise Pascal once said, “God is a reasonable bet. If you gain, you gain all. If you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then, without hesitation, that He exists.” 

If you aren't sure how to confess your sins to God, try this prayer. Understand that the prayer doesn't save you, but rather confessing your sins.

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that nothing I can do on my own will save me. I come to you to confess my sins and accept the free gift of salvation that you offer to me through your son's death on the cross. Thank you for your love and salvation. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

If you prayed that prayer or have further questions, I would ask that you reach out to me through the contact section on the right side of this page. I would love to hear from you!

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