Have you ever experienced death? Maybe it was the death of a loved one, maybe it was someone you weren’t acquainted with; maybe it was your pet. Odds are though we all have experienced death in our lives at sometime; and if you have not yet, just know that it is coming. Why I am saying this is because death changes everything. You realize that you will not live in this earthly vessel forever. Death could be compared to losing a limb, or your ability to walk. Eventually you begin to learn how to deal with your handicap in your day to day life, but it’s never the same. You have lost that limb that you’ve had your whole life and maybe for some of us losing that limb meant everything. To you my friends, you who fear death, and have lost friends, family members, pets; I don’t know. To you I say today that there is hope. And this hope does not disappoint (Romans 5:5). This is “Because of His great mercy He has granted us a new birth, resulting in an immortal hope through the resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah, from the dead.”(1 Peter 1:3)
The reason that I started off with death, is because it changes your life dramatically. It’s as if your whole entire life comes to a complete stop. And you aren’t the same no matter how long it takes. This type of dramatic change is life-changing, and can be compared to the Gospel. Let me first off saying that the Gospel is Good News. There is literally no greater news in the universe than the Gospel. And when you hear it, God begins to do something in your heart. If you haven’t felt that, continue reading as I explain what the Gospel is, how it changes our lives, and how it is the antidote.
2000 years ago, God came down to the earth that He created. He put on flesh and became like a man. Why did God do this? For you, me, and every person on the face of this planet. Because there is a problem that has ruined this world and humanity. This tragedy is called sin. It is the reason there is murder, death, evil, genocide, and many other horrific things in this world. We sinned against God in this place called the Garden of Eden. We said to God through our act of sin, “I know that you have provided everything, but I am going to go my own way, cause deep down I think I know better than You, God.” So as soon as we sinned death came into the world and polluted everything. The seed that was from Adam and Eve was polluted by inherent sin, and we now are suffering the consequences. Not only do we suffer from death, and evil, but we now get judgement from God, because we broke His law, and now deserve eternal damnation. But does God leave us in this situation? No. But the Father sends His only Son to die and take our place and the wrath that we justly deserved from God.
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). Jesus was born in a barn were animals lived, ate, and excreted. He grew up in poverty. “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:4). He came down, and lived 33 years for YOU and ME. He was scourged, beaten, spit-upon, mocked, crushed, crucified, and died for US. Not only did God take the physical pain for our sin, but He took our hell. Hell is separation from God, and on that cross Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me.” Jesus bring God had been in perfect fellowship with the Father and the Holy Spirit until that horrific moment when the Father would turn His Face away from His Son for our sin.
Then, on the third day at dawn, Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead. By thus He conquered sin, death, and hell, and the devil.
The Gospel changes everything because something in your heart for the first time in all of your life is opened to God who in eternities past said, “I want that person in My family. And I will send My only begotten Son to pay for his/her life so that they can see how much I love them.”
Man oh man, now that you’ve heard the Gospel now is the time to respond. You are never same after this experience right now. Will your accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, put your faith in Him and His work on the Cross for you, repent of your sins, and give all that your are to Him forever, surrendered to Him in loving obedience? God bled for you that you could be satisfied for the first time in your life! Please, you don’t know what your missing. Everything that you could ever want is right here.
Everything that your heart has ever longed for is right here in the Person of Jesus Christ, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. The one True God is waiting for return to His all consuming loving arms. And He will wrap those arms around you, with pierced hands and say, “My son, my daughter, how long I have waited for you to come home. Come, be satisfied in Me, rest in Me.”
Jesus is waiting, He is waiting for YOU. All of that sin you’ve been chasing after; that boy or girl, that job, that friendship, that social status, that object, it won’t satisfy you ever. It will leave you more depressed, unsatisfied, and sad. Only Jesus can satisfy you. Trust in Him, repent of your sins, and accept Him as Lord and Savior of your life. Give all that you are to Him. You will be changed once you do this, for you will die. That old life you lived before Jesus was your Lord and Savior is now dead. Your are now:
1. a beloved Child of God. (1 John 3:10
2. have been saved from eternal damnation and given eternal life.(John 3:16)
3. not your own for you have been bought with a price.(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Those are just three things out of many many more.
Come today, give yourself to Jesus. He loves you with an all consuming love that we can never imagine. But i can sit here on my computer all day and tell you about His great love, but it means nothing if you don’t receive Jesus and all that He has done for you. Receive His love, you will never be the same. Even if you don’t feel different, pursue Him, and He will reveal Himself to you.