A very good friend of mine texted me today and said “Do you know what I would love for you to write about on your blog…an easy and relatable explanation of why Jesus died for us and what it means that He died for our sins”.
Feeling up to the challenge, I am going to give it my best shot! So here goes…
First, we have to understand a couple of things about who God is.
God is holy. He is so holy that man, being sinful cannot be in His presence. In fact, the Bible tells us that anyone who looked upon His face would die. After Moses spoke to Him on Mount Sinai (when God gave him the Ten Commandments) his face was radiant just from being in His presence.
Second, God loves us. His utmost desire in creating humans was so that we could have a relationship with Him and live forever with Him in heaven. And, since He is holy and we are not, He had to make a way for us to be righteous and free from sin so that we could be in His presence. But He doesn’t want to force us into it. He gives us all “free will” to choose.
God’s way of allowing people in Old Testament times to atone for their sins and to worship Him, involved a blood sacrifice. This was also the way His people were protected from death during the first Passover. But even then, the people were still sinful and could not be close to God.
So, God’s plan to have a relationship with us had to involve a blood sacrifice and a way for us to be made righteous (without sin) so that we could be in His presence in order to have a relationship with Him and ultimately spend eternity with Him in heaven.
This is why Jesus died on the cross. He died for our sins. When He died He took all sins (past, present and future) upon Him. When we believe in Him, and accept Him as our Savior and Lord, our sins are forgiven and we are made righteous. We are no longer sinful and banned from His presence. In fact, we receive the Holy Spirit who comes to dwell inside of us as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come.
But, it’s our choice. We have free will. We can accept His gift or not. If we accept it, we will live forever with Him in Heaven. And those who don’t will live forever separated from Him, in hell.
Have you made your choice? If you died today, do you know where you’ll spend eternity? If you’re not sure, why not pray now and ask God to forgive your sins. Tell Him that you believe Jesus died for you, and you want to spend eternity with Him in heaven. It will be the most important decision you’ll ever make.