Romans 3:23 offers the sobering reality that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Sin has marred us. We will never be able to reach the goal of bringing glory to God.
What are we to do? Repent and believe in the truth of the gospel.
We do not worship a dead Jew in a Palestinian tomb. We serve a risen Savior.
The gospel is often offensive to people because we try to lure them into the love of Jesus before we convince that they need Jesus. The wages of sin is death.
We have a disease called sin. But God has the “cure” — the gift of eternal life through Jesus. Narrow is the way that leads to life and few find it. Wide is the way that leads to destruction and many find it.
Romance 5:8 tells us that Christ died for us even though we are sinners. We call today Good Friday because it was on this day that He did something for His own glory. Jesus didn’t come just to live as an example but to die as a substitute.
He didn’t love us just because we were lovable or worthy. He died for us because it was the only way we could be “cured” of our sin problem. He died for us even in our guiltiness.
The heart is wicked and that’s what God has to change. He’s not just changing our mind or our appearance or our clothes, but our heart.
If Jesus had never risen from the grave, we would simply die in our sins. Romans 10:11 proclaims that whosoever believes in Christ shall not be ashamed, He wasn’t ashamed to die for us and we ought not be ashamed to believe in Him.
There is no racial tension in heaven. There is no “picking and choosing,” for we are all on equal ground. There are only two kinds of people: the saved and the lost.
Jesus doesn’t need to just be in our heads. He has to be in our hearts.
We are born with a desire to belong and there’s nothing better than belonging to the family of God.