Jesus: Know Him, Love Him
God desires relationship with the people He created. The first man, Adam, and the first woman, Eve, enjoyed this uninhibited fellowship with God until their disobedience introduced sin into the world (Genesis 2-3). God is holy. We all have sinned (Romans 3:23). Sin has separated His created people from Him (Isaiah 59:2). The Bible explains that payment of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Therefore, because of God’s love for His people He sent His only son, Jesus, to become the payment for all sin (1 John 2:2) - only a perfect and complete sacrifice would do (1 Peter 1:18-19).
Jesus was with God in the beginning (John 1:1), but humbled Himself to be born as a baby to Mary, a young woman who loved God (Luke 1:26-35; 2:1-7) . Jesus lived a sinless life including willing obedience to die on the cross to satisfy the cost of sin (1 Peter 2:21-22; Philippians 2:8). He was buried and three days later rose from the grave (Luke 23:33-24:7), forever making a way for God’s created people to be forgiven of their sin and live in fellowship with God as His dearly loved children (Romans 10:9).
The Bible teaches that Jesus did everything necessary for us to receive adoption into God’s family (Romans 8:14-17), and that we can be rescued from a life without Him (I Peter 3:18). Our responsibility, at the prompting of God’s Holy Spirit, is to ask God for forgiveness for our sins, and to accept Jesus’s generous gift of salvation (1 John 1:9; Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-10). We trust Him and commit to follow His teachings found in the Bible and to share our commitment with the world around us, both with our words and with our actions (Proverbs 3:5-6).
The decision to trust Jesus is deeply personal, but not at all private. We want to celebrate with you and encourage you as you take your next step into knowing God and living for His glory. If you have trusted Jesus as Savior from your sin or if you have questions about what the Bible says, we would love to hear from you and pray with you.