God is Loving
He Reached Out To Us
John 3:16 is a well-known verse.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.. JOHN 3:16A
In His love God has reached out to us, but even in His love God cannot do anything that would violate the rest of His nature. It was through the gift of Jesus that He provided a way for us to be close to Him that satisfies His holy, just nature.
Who would you say Jesus is?
If you said, “The Son of God,” you are right, but think about this — God calls all true Christians His children. Is Jesus different from them? YES!
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. JOHN 1:14
Jesus is God come to earth in the flesh. He was born of a virgin and lived a perfect life, doing good wherever He went.
Though Jesus is God, He humbled Himself and became a man so that He could give His life in exchange for yours, because you have sinned.
Because He loves you, He died as your substitute.
Christ … hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God… 1 PETER 3:18
As the holy, just God in human flesh, He is the only One qualified to die in your place. He took your sins on Himself when He died on the cross.
He dealt with your sinful record thoroughly, but He also offers His own righteous record to you as a perfect completion to His exchange.
For he [God] has made him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21
Jesus wants to give you His record so you can meet God’s holy standard. Only then can God give you a home with Him in Heaven forever and still be just.
Write your name in the blank below:
Now cross out your name and write Jesus. Cross out Jesus’ name on the other side and write your own.
This is the reality of the exchange He offers you! He suffered as a lying, coveting thief in your place and offers you the ability to have a full relationship with God as your Father, accepted by Him because of Jesus’ holy, just nature.
Our Full Payment
This good news gets even better. You may be thinking, “I see that, but surely I must do something!”
The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 JOHN 1:7
Now ask yourself this question, “Could this mean all of the sins I have ever committed?” It says all! Yes, it means all of your sins. You may still be thinking to yourself, “OK, but I’ll have to keep myself from sinning to stay forgiven. It can’t mean my future sins.” Think about this — all your sins were future when Jesus died. He forgave all of your sins — past, present, and even future! In fact, one of the last things Jesus said before He died was,
It is finished: JOHN 19:30B
The word “finished” in the original language is tetelestai and means “paid in full”! So is there anything left for you to pay? No! Jesus paid the price for all your sins.
When Jesus rose from the grave He proved that He was powerful enough to win the victory over sin and its penalty — death and Hell. When He defeated death, He delivered us from the penalty of sin. After His resurrection He was seen by over five hundred eyewitnesses (1 CORINTHIANS 15:3-8). Jesus’ resurrection also proved that God was satisfied with His payment for our sins. God loves you much more than you can imagine, and His love is powerful enough to reach sinners like you and me!