Jesus Died for Our Sins to Make Salvation Possible
God’s absolute holiness demands justice be done, so all sin must be punished. However, the good news of the gospel, is that Jesus has taken this punishment upon Himself. God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to bear the penalty for our sins!
Jesus affirmed that it was for the very purpose of dying that He came into the world (John 12:27). Moreover, He perceived His death as being a sacrificial offering for the sins of humanity (Matthew 26:26-28). Jesus took His sacrificial mission with utmost seriousness, for He knew that without Him, humanity would certainly perish (Matthew 16:25; John 3:16) and spend eternity apart from God in a place of great suffering (Matthew 10:28; 11:23; 23:33; 25:41; Luke 16:22-28).
Therefore, Jesus described His mission this way:
"The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:28).
"The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost" (Luke 19:10).
"God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him" (John 3:17).
This is great news, but the benefits of Christ’s death on the cross are not automatically applied to your life. God requires you to believe and repent of your sins.
Believe in Jesus Christ
By His sacrificial death on the cross, Jesus took the sins of the entire world on Himself and made salvation available for everyone (1 John 2:2), but this salvation is not automatic. Only those who personally choose to believe in Christ are saved. This is the consistent testimony of the biblical Jesus. Listen to His words:
“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” (John 3:16).
“For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40).
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies” (John 11:25).
Choosing not to believe in Jesus, by contrast, leads to eternal condemnation:
“Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” (John 3:18).
Thank you for reading, we will continue on “how to give your life to Christ” in our next post.
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