Monday, January 9, 2012

Hope for Today (Part 4)

The Gift of Life
Adam and Eve didn't instantly die. But spiritual death , spiritual separation from God, did occur when they sinned. That delay between spiritual death and physical death gives us hope. It means that we have been given an opportunity now to come back to God.

God loves us so much that He couldn't just let us stay in our broken condition in a life of misery and frustration. Because the wages of sin is death, the only way to pay for it once and for all would be through the death of someone else. And God sent His Son into the world, not to condemn us but that through Him we might be saved (John 3:16-18). The Lord Jesus came to earth fully human and fully God. He experienced all of the hardships and sufferings of living in a damaged world filled with broken people, just like us. But, He never sinned. This qualified Him to pay for all the wrongs of everyone throughout history. Through His perfect life, death and resurrection, God demonstrated His grace and love to His creation. We can't add to that perfect gift. Jesus erased our sin debt completely, past present and future.

Not only did the Lord Jesus pay the price on our behalf, but He did so willingly. Romans 5:6-8 tells us that people might be willing to lay down their live for a good person, but it is highly unusual for anyone to die for a scoundrel. Yet this is exactly what Jesus did on the cross for us.

There is nothing we can do to earn God's love or save ourselves from sin and death, but to accept His free gift of salvation. If we refuse it our sin continues to separate us from God and will forever in a lost eternity. If you come to Him and accept the free gift, Lord Jesus promise to you is "all that the Father gives Me will come to Me and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out" (John 6:37).

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