" But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." Romans 5:8-9
Since the very beginning of time God had a plan to redeem all of mankind. And through His redemption we see His amazing, unfailing, never wavering love for us. He created us to have a relationship with us and for us to live in such a way that our life brings Him honor and glory. However, when sin enters into the equation it hinders our ability to have genuine fellowship with Him. It keeps us from being able to live lives that bring Him honor and glory. That is what sin does. It corrupts! It decevies! It hinders!

And that is why God sent His Son to die for our sins. John 3:16-17 tells us, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." God does not want us to die condemned. That is why He sent His Son. He sent His Son to prove His love and offer us a way to receive forgiveness from our sin and it's penalty. Jesus came to this earth and lived a perfect, sinless life and offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sin on the cross. Jesus endured God’s wrath on behalf of sin. It was a dark and horrendous moment of suffering and death, yet peace and beauty and hope burst forth as Christ rose three days later from the grave. What was once broken God restored through His Son. Through Christ we are offered restoration and reconciliation. God takes that which is broken and makes it new. He takes that which is condemned to hell and offers justification instead. The Father invites you into relationship with Him and into the newness of life Christ offers. Will you accept His invitation?

If so, you need to first realize you are a sinner. There is no sin you or I can justify. Every sin put Jesus on the cross. Everyone of us is a sinner in the sight of God. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” There is a divine standard that God holds everyone to, and the moment we sin for the very first time, we fell short of that divine standard.

Once you realize and admit you are a sinner, you then need to  realize that sin has a price that must be paid…Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Just like you receive a wage for the hours you put in at work, there is a wage that must be paid for sin that being death and hell. Hebrews 9:27 says, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:" II Thessalonians 1:8-9 says, "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;" And Revelation 20:14-15 says, "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." To die without addressing one's sin is a very scary death.

But once you realize and admit you are a sinner and that sin deserves to be punished, you then have a better appreaciation for the fact that Jesus paid the price for your sin so you don't have to. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God commended His love meaning He proved His love by sending Jesus to die in your place. He then rose Jesus from the grave on the third day so that you and I could have hope of eternal life. I Peter 1:3-5 tells us, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."

So then what you must do once you realize and admit you are a sinner and that sin deserves to be punished is thank God for sending His Son to die in your place. Thank Him for offering you a way to be forgiven for your sin. Admit to Him that you believe Jesus is alive today in Heaven ready to save your soul. And then call upon Him in prayer asking Him to save you today. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Shall be saved means you WILL be saved!

And the great thing about this is, the Bible tells us that once you call upon Christ to save your soul, you now have eternal life meaning life without end. I John 5:11-13 tells us, "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."
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