Freedom from sin. Eternal Life. A Relationship with God.
First things first. Sin separates us from God.
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Every day we sin and every day we fall short of the glory of God, but there is hope! And that hope is Jesus. Jesus’ perfect sacrifice on the cross is what sets us free from our sins giving us freedom from sin, eternal life and a relationship with God.
Freedom from Sin
In the Old Testament, the people of God were set free from their sin by killing a pure and blemish free animal, often a lamb. This was what God directed them to do. Imagine the visual representation of their sin as blood was shed to cover their sin.
Christ came to earth to die, to be that pure and blemish free lamb, the sacrifice for our sins. Jesus was fully God and fully man when he came to earth and he did not sin. He was and is perfect. With Jesus, we are set free from our sins because of his sacrifice for us on the cross.
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”
Sin keeps us distracted, stuck and overwhelmed. It also brings conflict and division with our relationships. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross gives us freedom and allows us to stand firm. We don’t have to pick back up the yoke (burden) of slavery to our sin. Sin weighs us down it leaves us feeling heavy, but with Jesus, we no longer have to carry that sin around feeling guilty or even dirty. We no longer have to feel this way when we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead. Christ died for every sin each and every one of us has committed or will commit. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior it doesn’t mean that we will never sin again it just means that we are set free from our sin. We can walk in freedom and stand firm not letting the weight of our sin crush us as it does those who do not know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Want to know something so cool? Eternal life starts the day that we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior! Christ died to give us eternal life, that we would experience the most incredible relationship with our Heavenly Father forever.
Sometimes we wonder why wasn’t there another way that Jesus could give us freedom from our sins and eternal life? Jesus thought the exact same thing.
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Is there not another way God? We watch movies like The Passion of the Christ and see the torture and agonizing pain that Jesus endured. Suddenly, it all becomes so much more real and we understand why Jesus said is there another way. But even though Jesus knew the pain he was about to face he says this as he prays to God, “not as I will, but as you will.”
So why did Jesus go through with the cross? LOVE. We see God’s love for us in John 3:16 by sending his one and only son to die on the cross. We see Jesus’ love by his actions and his words throughout his life on earth but on the cross as well.
After Jesus is crucified on the cross this is his response in Luke 23:34.
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
His response is full of compassion, grace, kindness, mercy, humility, and relentless LOVE. No matter what we do, God’s grace and mercy will never run out.
A Relationship with God
Not only did Christ come to bring us freedom, he also came to bridge the gap that separates us from God (our sin). The moment we accept Jesus into our lives, from there on out we have a relationship with God. Once we make this decision to be a Christ follower it is up to us to pursue him. What does pursuing God look like? We pursue God like we would any other relationship: quality time. Quality time looks like going to Church, reading our Bibles, praying, and surrounding ourselves with other believers who can encourage us and hold us accountable.
If you want to experience this same freedom, eternal life, and a relationship with God accept the free gift that Jesus gives to all of us! Romans 10:9 tells us exactly how we accept this free gift!
“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;”
All we have to do is
- Acknowledge that we are sinners and that we are in need of a Savior.
- Repent of our sin (ask God to forgive us for where we have messed up).
- Believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and God raised him from the dead.
- Invite Jesus into our lives as our Lord and Savior!
If you made this decision to follow Christ, today is the start of eternal life for you and new beginnings. Write down this date and celebrate it every year as the day that you were made new and set free! God is so good! His grace is always ENOUGH!