Very often in this life, people will spend great amounts of time and energy pursuing trivial things, such as the latest trend in fashion, the activities of a popular singer, football statistics etc. At the same time, we often fail to think through our relationship to the most important Person who ever lives.
Two thousand years ago, a King was born into our world. Rather than glorify Himself like the tyrants in office today, He took on the form of a servant, and died to save His people. Because of His humility, God raised Him from the dead, and has exalted Him over every power that lifts itself up on earth.
“…though he was in the form of God, [He] did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:6-11)
This King Jesus is our Lord and Savior, and He is awesome in every sense of the word. One day every one of us will stand before Him — from the wicked men in the Supreme Court, to the sinner dealing drugs in a back alley (Revelation 20:12). As His ambassadors, we are here to present you with a choice between life and death (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). What you do with Jesus will be the most important decision you ever make.
To understand Jesus’ work, and how His sacrifice relates to your life, you need to begin by understanding your relationship to God. Everyone reading this paragraph is a human being, and human beings are created “in the image of God,” basically meaning that we are designed to reflect the likeness and character of God to all of creation (Genesis 1:27-28). Early on however, we chose to rebel against God and believed Satan’s lie rather than God’s truth; as a result we fell into sin (disobedience) and death (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24)
God hates sin because it destroys everything that we were supposed to be, and it ultimately leads us to destroy the people around us, who are also created in the image of God. There is no greater example of this truth in our culture than abortion, where 30% of all women (and thus presumably men) will murder a child before the age of 45. Because God is perfectly just (He cares about and executes justice), He cannot allow sin to go unpunished; the punishment for sin is spiritual death in Hell for all of eternity (Matthew 18:8).
But the good news of Jesus Christ is that there is hope for the murderer. There is hope for the pornography addict. There is hope for the crotchety old religious person. There is hope for the wicked sinful people that we are. God so loved the world that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to live a sinless life, then die in our place so that we don’t have to. He took the penalty for our sin, then He rose from the grave to bring us back to life. (John 3:16-21, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 Corinthians 15:20-22)
That new life then begins to change us, from the inside out. Instead of being selfish and caring only about ourselves, we become a new creation that genuinely cares about God and the good of other people.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come…Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, 20)
Christians are nothing more than wicked people who have been forgiven and set free from the sin and death that once held us. Now we are ambassadors of Jesus Christ, sent into this dying world to share the love and forgiveness of God, and to warn others of the wrath to come.
If you don’t know Jesus, turn to Him and live! He is the most incredible man you will ever meet, and you will never regret the day that you trusted in what He did to save your life. If you want to know Him, check out Psalm 51; you can read it as a prayer for your own life. And let us know if you make a decision to follow Jesus — it would be a great encouragement to us; we can get you a Bible, and help you to navigate some of the challenges that often come to new believers.
On the other hand, if you want nothing to do with Jesus, that is entirely your decision. But understand that Jesus spoke about Hell far more than He spoke Heaven, and whether you believe in Him or not, you are still going to have to deal with the reality of what is coming.
“The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 13:41-43)
As ambassadors of Jesus, we hold before you two choices — life and death. Your fate is not determined by how good you have been; as noted above, we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. It is what you do with Jesus that determines whether you will inherit eternal life, or eternal death. Please, turn to Him today and live — while you still have time.
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8)