The BEST message is God’s message—that He loves us and desires to be connected to our lives. What an amazing fact when you consider that He created the entire universe! So how can we have this connection? Read on.
Actually the best message begins with a somber note. Romans 3:23 in the Bible tells us that everyone falls short of God’s high standard of righteousness. His standard requires perfection, so the fact we fall short shouldn’t be a surprise to any of us. For example, think about God’s standard of forgiving and doing good to people who hurt us. Consider the command to love God with all our heart. Mind boggling!
The first half of Romans 6:23 gives an even more somber fact that puts the nail in the coffin, so to speak. Because of our shortcomings, i.e. sin, we are separated from God and experience death.
So, why doesn’t God just forgive us if He really wants a relationship with us? Imagine this fictitious scenario. I run a red light and cause an accident. Even worse, I don’t have insurance (remember this is fictitious). I face a judge, and he tells me my fine is an astronomical amount of money or prison time.
I respond that I don’t have the money. Can the judge say that I can just forget the penalty in that case and go home? Certainly not if he is a just judge. What can he do? If he really, really liked me, he could pay the fine for me out of his personal funds.
That’s what God did for us through Jesus. Jesus lived a perfect life. He didn’t need to die, but He chose—as the divine Son of God—to bear the penalty for everyone else by dying on the cross.
The second part of the Best Message is that Jesus rose from the dead, and His Holy Spirit can impart new life to us (II Corinthians 5:17). What do we have to do to get this new life? Ask! The great thing is that eternal life is a gift. Too good to be true? Look at the second half of Romans 6:23. Ephesians 2:8-9 is even more specific. These verses assure us that we are “saved” by God’s grace and that it is a gift, not a result of any good works we could possibly pull off.
We can reach out and accept this wonderful, spectacular, destiny-changing gift by prayer. In modern lingo, we make a 911 call for God’s promised help. For example, such a prayer might begin with thanking Jesus for paying the penalty for our own sin. Then we ask Jesus to come into our life to be our Savior and King.
Jesus will gladly forgive us and enter our lives when we call on him to do so.
Acts 2:21 “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (KJV)
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