I’ve spilled a lot of (digital) ink here on this blog over the years about life, struggles, pain, joys, needs, etc.
But I find I may not have shared the single most important thing I believe. Oh, I’ve talked about it–about Him–to be sure. But I don’t think I’ve shared the simple Gospel.
I saw this image on Facebook, and it so beautifully encapsulates the Gospel, what Jesus did, I had to share it:
He took my sin, your sin, everyone’s sin, so that we could become the righteousness of God in Him.
Now what is sin? The term, as used in the Bible, means “missing the mark.” What is the mark?
God is perfect (“Be ye perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect,” said Jesus), and we are most decidedly not. Not by a long shot.
Which is why He sent Jesus to be the perfect sacrifice. Now you may say to yourself, “Self, I’m not so bad. I haven’t killed, committed adultery… I’m no Jeffrey Dahmer.”
But have you ever lied? Even a little white lie? If so, you’ve broken God’s law: “You shall not lie.” And we know from the Bible that to transgress in one part of the law is to transgress all. In fact, Jesus upped the ante when He said that:
Lust = adultery
Hated = murder
Have you ever hated? Looked at someone with lust?
Chances are, you have. So have I–so have we all. Or maybe you haven’t, but you have taken something (no matter how small) that wasn’t yours.
So if a holy God, whose standard is perfection, were to ask you upon what basis He should let you into heaven? What would you say? Would you appeal to your assertion that you’re not such a bad person (even though we’re all lying, thieving adulterers at heart), or would you–like Hebrew National–appeal to a higher authority?
Like Jesus? He who knew no sin became sin for:
Everyone who would believe.
DO YOU BELIEVE?