|"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" John 11:25-26|
|In John 9:35, Jesus, having healed a man of blindness, said to him, ".. Dost thou believe on the Son of God? The man answered "Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?" Jesus said "Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee."
Jesus also said, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."
God's model for atonement, or redeeming oneself in the Hebrew portion of the Bible is clear, Leviticus 17:11 says, "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul."God is a Holy God, and He cannot accept any sin. Since mankind from the beginning chose his own way, and has fallen into sin, he is at odds with God.
Imagine a perfectly made balloon that was the size of a house. If it was punctured by a tiny pin, the pinhole may not have immediate impact on the balloon, but eventually the balloon will deflate into something not recognizable as a balloon. This is a model of mankind and sin. Even though Adam's original sin may seem trivial, it totally ruined the perfection God had made, and we are not recognizable as we were meant to be. So when we think that we "really are not that bad," we need to realize that anything short of perfection will not make it with God. Ecclesiastes 7:20 says "For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not," and 1 John 1:8 "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."
The only way to reconcile man's sin was to pay for it with a sacrifice. But since man is sinful, there was never a way that any sacrifice by man could redeem mankind before God. Only one that had no sin could pay the price for those who had sin. God spanned the history of mankind and saw that no man could ever fulfill His law. In Isaiah 63:5 God says, "And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me."
Being perfectly loving, God Himself became a man, stepped into His creation, provided an example of a sinless life, and redeemed all of mankind by offering Himself as a perfect sacrifice. This is a testimony to the extent that God loves us. This is the testimony of Jesus. Just as one man, Adam, plunged mankind into a never-ending spiral of sin, so one Man, the Messiah Jesus, has through His unspeakable sacrifice saved all that believe in Him.
Jesus says "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"
Do you believe? If you would like to accept Jesus' offer of eternal life, pray a prayer something like this: