Good News

Long ago, God created a beautiful, perfect world for Adam and Eve to live in. Although their disobedience brought sin, sickness, wickedness, and death,  God had already provided a way for all to be made right. He promised that One would come to crush the head of the serpent. He made garments of skin to clothe them, and sent them out of the garden to live in the world deformed by sin.

 

Many centuries later, at the appointed time, the Holy Spirit conceived a child inside a humble, Jewish virgin descended from king David. This baby, the sinless God-Man, was named Jesus. He grew up in a poor home, in a scorned village, during a time of great political and social upheaval. When He was about thirty years old, Jesus left His earthly family to accomplish the work His Father had sent him to do.

 

The promised Holy One, King of Israel, had come to His people. He healed their diseases and sicknesses. He did miraculous wonders; raising the dead, casting out demons, and feeding multitudes, etc. He taught God's truth with love, wisdom, compassion and authority. He was a friend to tax collectors, prostitutes, lepers, women, and children.

 

Although He had done nothing wrong, He was rejected and falsely accused of blasphemy. He was arrested, tried and executed. On a Roman cross, God punished His only begotten Son, killing Him in our place. But on the third day, Jesus rose from the grave, victorious over death. This is what God had planned, before the world began! Jesus Christ, our Savior, conquered the devil, death and the power of sin over us.

Do you believe this?

The Bible tells us this news. If you believe He died for YOU, to pay for YOUR sins, tell God right now. God will hear you, and make you brand new, born again from above (gospel of John 3:16-17, 2 Corinthians 5:17). In Acts 16:31 it says, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved." In Ephesians 2:8-9 it says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast." In the gospel of John 1:12-13 it says, "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

 

Open the Bible and read it as often as you can. The Holy Spirit will teach and guide you. By His power you'll learn to live a life pleasing to God. Join a church that believes and teaches God's whole word, so you may grow (Philippians 1:6, 9) and be strengthened through fellowship and prayer.

 

But be warned, the world and the devil will hate you. Your old 'sin nature' will battle against you. Christians are not yet perfect, they are being perfected. God's love is jealous, demanding first place in your heart. His love is strong, His mercy is great, His grace never ends. He will protect you and give you peace amidst tribulation. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

 

We all will live someplace forever after we leave earth ... choose life, choose Christ!

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