The Beauty of the Gospel

This is the true beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ......In God's righteous demand for justice, mankind had to pay the penalty for their sin. What was penalty? Death! "For the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23, NIV). God requires justice. He cannot do the opposite of who He is; He is a God of justice. God could not turn His head the other way while mankind sinned against Him. God also loved His creation too much to simply destroy mankind and be done with it. So what does He do? He takes the penalty upon Himself. He humbles Himself in the person of Jesus Christ, comes to dwell among His creation, suffers alongside mankind, and then pays the penalty for His own required justice in His death on the Cross. Imagine going before a judge for a crime that you committed; a crime that warrants the death penalty. Imagine the judge sentencing you to death and then saying "Because I love you, I will die in your place so that you may live".

 James 1:15 says "Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death" (NIV). The sin that we so easily find ourselves drowning in is nothing but a broad road to death. In it can be found no peace, no fulfillment, no joy, and no hope. The only hope that can be found is in Jesus Christ. He turns us around and puts us on a path to freedom and eternal life.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whosoever believes in him shall not die, but shall have everlasting life (John 3:16).

God loves you and He's waiting and willing to welcome you with loving arms right now. Will you give Him a chance to show you His love?


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