Long ago, God created a beautiful, perfect world for Adam and Eve to live in. Their disobedience brought death, sickness, wickedness, and a sin nature for all their descendants. But 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 falsely accused of blasphemy, 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.
"God, having in the past spoken to the fathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, in these last days has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the ages. He is the radiance of his glory, the very image of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had made purification for sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; having become so much better than the angels, as he has inherited a more excellent name than they have." Hebrews 1:1-4 new heart english bible
Do you believe this?
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 (John 3:16-17, 2 Corinthians 5:17). Acts 16:31 says, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved." Ephesians 2:8-9 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." John 1:12-13 says, "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those whobelieve 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."
Read the Bible as often as you can. The Holy Spirit will teach and guide you, transforming your thinking, your desires, your way of life. You are part of God's family now! Join a church that believes and teaches God's whole word, so you may grow (Philippians 1:6, 9) and be strengthened through fellowship, service and prayer. Draw near to God through Christ, your Father loves you!
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 amid tribulation. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
We all will live someplace forever after we leave earth ... choose life, choose Christ!