Jesus is by far the most controversial, most loved and most hated man who ever lived. The namefrom the Old Testament that means 'Yahweh God is salvation' is also the most popular cuss word inall of Western society. He never traveled more than a few hundred miles from home, never held apolitical ofﬁce, never wrote a book, never married, never had sex, never attended college, and nevervisited a big city.
Yet this man from Galilee fulﬁlled hundreds of prophecies and performed countless miracles inorder to show that he is exactly who he said he is. Which is, God in a human body (John 1:1, 14) whocame to save the sinners (Romans 5:8) by living a sinless life (1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5) and dying onthe cross (Luke 23:33) only to rise three days later (Luke 24:6-7) to show that death cannot stop him.His death served as the sacriﬁce that was needed in order to turn away the wrath of God from us(1 John 2:2; 1 Peter 2:24). It is only by believing in him and receiving his gift, that our sins will beforgiven so that we may come to the Father (John 1:12-13; 3:16; 14:6) and inherit eternal life (John3:36).
We are Sinners...
The Bible tells us that everyone has sinned (Romans 3:23), but is that really true? To ﬁnd out, justask yourself the following questions. Have you ever:•
Even the white ones count.•
Taking the good pens from work is considered stealing.•
Disobeyed your parents?
You knew the curfew was 11:00 PM.•
Used God's name in vain?
God's last name is
Worshipped any other Gods?
How man hours a day do you play video games?•
Lusted after someone?
It's still wrong even if she's a 10.•
Had sex outside of marriage?
Yes, I know everyone else is doing it, you shouldn't be.•
How bout that driver you gave the ﬁnger to today?•
Broken the law?
How fast were you driving?•
That test wasn't meant to examine your stealth skills.If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then you have broken laws that were set in placeby God himself; and just like when we break the laws set in place by our government, there is apenalty we must pay. With our judicial system,
if we are found guilty
, the consequences may include aﬁne, time in jail, or in extreme cases being put to death. With our God,
we will be found guilty
and thesentence is much more severe and results in us spending eternity in hell.
The Gospel Offer
The Gospel is not a collection of books, or even a type of choir which includes a bunch of excitedpeople in long robes swaying back and forth while clapping their hands in unison. It is the messagewhich tells the story of God who came to us as the man Jesus. More to the point, it is the story of hislife, death, and resurrection which alone can save us from what we deserve, by offering us what wecan never earn.