Jesus Christ is the Son of God (John 1:34), His express image (Hebrew 1:3), and the second person in the Godhead (John 1:1-3). God is love (1 John 4:8), just, holy, merciful, and He desires the best for us. Because God’s kingdom is based on love, He created humans with the freedom to choose good or evil. Humans can live forever in peace if they are obedient to God’s laws of love. To choose the devil’s way is to choose not to love which leads to death. Sadly, our parents listened to the devil and were disobedient (Genesis 3:6). They disconnected themselves from the love of God and lost their eternal life.
The Godhead felt infinite compassion over the fallen human race and decided to save them by offering Jesus Christ to carry the penalty of sin (Genesis 3:15). The innocent Son of God died on our behalf so we can go free and gain back eternal life. What love is this that the Creator of the universe sacrifices His Son to save His created beings (John 3:16). There is no greater love than this that someone may die for those whom he loves (John 15:13).
God gave the prophets over 120 prophecies foretelling the coming of the Savior, hundreds of years before His coming. These prophecies predicted His mission and how he was going to suffer and shed His blood to redeem mankind. One of prophecies gave the very exact year for Christ’s baptism and crucifixion, 600 years before it happened. God wanted everyone in the world to have enough evidence to believe in Christ and accept Him as their savior. The Lord also gave Christ the power to raise the dead, heal the sick and perform many miracles. Finally, the Father resurrected Christ from the dead and took Him to heaven (Acts 1:9).
Salvation is available for all those that accept the death of Jesus on their behalf (John 1:12). But those the reject Jesus’ death on their behalf will have to die for their own sins because the penalty of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Accepting Jesus Christ means repenting of our sins (1 John 1:9) and living a life of obedience to God (John 14:15) by His grace. God’s power becomes ours (1 Corinthians 15:57) when we stay connected to God through daily feeding on His words and prayer (John 15:4,5).
In His service,
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