Have you ever wondered what it means to be a Christian?
Have you heard people talk about having a personal 
relationship with Jesus Christ, and not really understood what
they meant?
 
Romans 3:23 says that we are all born into this world
separated from God because of our sin. But there is good news!
The Bible also says in John 3:16 that God loves you, and wants
to have a relationship with you. So He sent Jesus, His one and only
Son, to make a way for your relationship with God to be restored.
If you are searching for answers, take a moment to read below, and
discover how the Bible says you can be forgiven for
your sins and made right with God.
God bless you!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In The Beginning
The book of Genesis is the very first book of the Bible. It is the book of ‘beginnings.” Genesis tells the story of how God created the world, including the creation of the first humans, Adam and Eve. The world God created was peaceful, harmonious, and untainted by sin. Genesis 1:31 says, “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” Adam and Eve lived in a beautiful garden and enjoyed perfect fellowship with God. This was what God intended for mankind, however this is clearly not the world we live in today. Adam and Eve choose to rebel against God, and disobeyed his commands. In the Bible, this is known as “The Fall.”
 
The Fall
After Adam and Eve sinned, they were separated from the presence of God. You see, God is holy and perfect, and He cannot be in the presence of anything sinful. Psalm 5:4 says, “You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, no evil can dwell with You.’ This was really bad news for mankind, but it’s actually even worse. It wasn’t just Adam and Eve who sinned and were separated from God, it’s all of us. 
 
Sin
Because God is perfect, his standard for living is perfect. In order for someone to measure up to God’s standard for living, they have to keep God’s law perfectly. In the ten commandments, God forbids murder and adultery. However, in the book of Matthew, God says that anyone who secretly hates another person, or has a lustful thought is just as guilty as someone who commits murder or adultery! By this standard, we are all condemned. Who can say that they have never had a hateful thought towards someone? Or told a tiny lie? Or been angry or jealous? Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” This means everyone is guilty of breaking God’s perfect law. It doesn’t matter if the sin seems big or small to us, in God’s eyes we are all less than perfect. 
 
 
The Problem
Isaiah 59:2 says, “Your sins have made a separation between you and your God…” Just like Adam and Eve, anyone who commits sin is separated from the presence of God. This is pretty bad, but believe it or not, it actually continues to get worse. As bad as it is to be separated from God in this life, the Bible says that anyone who dies while still separated from God will spend eternity separated from God in a place called hell. Hell is a place of eternal torture, where sinners will forever pay the price for their rebellion against holy God. Romans 6:23a says, “The wages of sin is death…” This death is eternal separation from God in hell. This is the position you and I are all born into. However, just when it seems like it couldn’t get any worse, God intervenes. 
 
 
The Solution
You may have noticed that the verse from Romans 6:23 quoted above is incomplete. Praise God it is not incomplete in the Bible! Even though the wages of sin is death, the second half of the verse says, “BUT THE FREE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.”  This is the most wonderful news that any sinner could ever hear! The Bible says that there is no way any sinner could ever do enough good works to make up for all the bad they have done. Remember, God’s standard is perfection, and we are all far from perfect. However, there is one man who was perfect. This man never sinned. He never had a single bad desire, never told the tiniest lie, and never an impure thought. Even as a child, he never disobeyed his parents or stole his siblings toys. He was the one person in all of human history who never broke God’s law. Because he never broke God’s law, he was also the one person in all human history who didn’t deserve to die and be separated from God. This person’s name is Jesus.
 
 
Jesus
Jesus was more than just a man, He was God himself, miraculously born in human flesh. This miracle was called the incarnation. The incarnation is what Christians all around the world celebrate at Christmas. The birth of Jesus, God in human flesh. If you have been carefully reading the paragraphs above, you are no doubt ready for some good news right about now. And this is definitely it! Even though we are all sinful and deserve to be separated from God, both now and forever, God still loves His creation and doesn’t want to be separated from them. But because He is a perfectly just and fair God, He cannot simply overlook our sin. Someone had to pay the price for all the wrong we have done, someone has to pay the debt we owe to God for our disobedience. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” This means that God sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, who was God in the flesh, to do for us what we could never do for ourselves. Jesus lived a perfect life, and kept God’s law perfectly. Then, He willingly died a torturous painful death, enduring separation from God the Father and taking the punishment of all God’s wrath against sin on Himself. He sacrificed Himself on the cross, giving up His own life to pay the penalty for sins He never even committed. So whose sins was Jesus paying the penalty for then? The answer is yours. Mine. And that of everyone else who has ever lived. Jesus’ perfect sacrifice was enough to satisfy God’s wrath for the sins of all mankind. This is why He came, to die for you and me. To pay the price for our sin, and make a way for us to be restored to God. And it worked! On the third day, God Himself raised Jesus from the dead, proving that the sacrifice had been accepted. This is what Christians celebrate on Easter Sunday, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and the sufficiency of His sacrificial death. 
 
 
 
The Response
So what does this mean then? Is everyone automatically forgiven of their sin because Jesus died for them? John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life.” This means that in order to receive the forgiveness for your sins that comes through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, you have to believe that you really are a sinner, and that you deserve to die for your sin. But God loved you so much, He sent Jesus to die for you. If you believe this is true, and you choose to accept the sacrifice that Jesus made for you on the cross, the Bible says you will be saved! This means you are forgiven of your sins and your relationship with God is restored. You no longer have to fear eternal separation from God when you die, you are eternally secure if you trust in Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross for you. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, YOU WILL BE SAVED!” Not maybe; you WILL be saved! By choosing to believe this, you are making the decision to accept the free gift of salvation that is offered to everyone. The Bible says that ANYONE who repents from their sin and receives this gift from God can be saved.
 
 
Repent and Believe
To “repent” means to “turn away from.” Anyone who accepts God’s offer of salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus must turn away from their sin. This means choosing God and obedience to Him over doing things you’re own way. This doesn’t mean that those who have accepted Jesus will be perfect, but it does mean that they value living by God’s law more than continuing in their own sinful ways. Once a person turns away from their sinful lifestyle and places their trust in Jesus as the only one who can make them right with God, they are born into the family of God. This means they are now one of God’s children, and have the privilege of calling God their Father. Ephesians 1:3 says that God’s children have been “blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” This is the gift of eternal life, the ability to have a relationship with our Creator, and live the life of spiritual blessing He intended for us from the beginning. If you do not have a restored relationship with your Creator, but you realize that you need to have yours sins forgiven and commit your life to him, you can simply pray a prayer similar to the one outlined below. This prayer is not magic, the mere words themselves will not save you. However, the Bible says that if you really believe these things in your heart, and confess them with your mouth to God, you will be saved! It is our prayer that every person who reads these lines will commit their life to Christ. You were created for this! Won’t you place your faith in Him today? 
 
 
Sinner’s Prayer
Dear God,
I know that I am a sinner and that I have broken your perfect law. I know that because of this, I deserve to be separated from you forever. I believe that Jesus is Your Son, that He was God born into human flesh. I believe that He died on the cross to pay the price for my sin, and that He rose from the dead on the third day. I choose to accept Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross, and I trust that He is the only one who can restore my relationship with you. I ask that you would forgive me of my sin because of Jesus’s death on the cross. I choose to turn away from my sin and live for You instead. Today I receive Jesus as my personal Savior and King of my life. Thank you for sending Jesus to die for me. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus’s name, Amen.