Why It's All About Jesus For us
1. I'm a Good Person, Isn't that enough?
All have sinned…that means even the best of us fall short of the standards of a holy, perfect God.) Romans 3:10 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
So maybe you are a good person, but when we stand before God and his light shines on the whole of our lives, there might have been times when we were “good”, but before God, we are not righteous. Romans 3:23 – As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one.
Not only do we fall short of God’s perfect standard as individuals, but we were born with nature that rebels against God. Romans 5:12 – Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.
2. OK, I know I’m not perfect. Is that a big deal?
The “wages” of sin means the consequences of sin…is death. That is both physical death (we all die) AND spiritual death (eternal separation from God in hell after we die physically). The price for sin is death, but Jesus paid the price for us. Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.
3. Jesus paid the price for MY sin?
Just as it would be wrong for a judge to acquit a violent criminal with no punishment/sentence, so a holy God could not let sin go unpunished. God’s love compelled Him to send his holy Son, Jesus, to live a sinless life and offer His life in our place, to pay the price for our sin. The one who never sinned accepted our sin and paid the price for us. Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ dies for us.
4. How do I respond?
Believe it, say it, live it. If you admit that you have fallen short of God’s standard and deserve His judgement, if you believe that Jesus is God’s Son who came to earth, lived a perfect life, died in your place and rose again…then say it! Pray a prayer and tell God those things. “I admit I am a sinner. Please forgive me. Jesus, come be the boss in my life. I will no longer live my life for myself, but I will learn what it means to live for and follow you.” Romans 10:9-10 – …if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
5. Now what?
You are a new person! Now you’ve got to learn how to live like it. Email us at pastors@TheVineFellowship.com and let us help you take your next steps. 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.