From the dawn of humanity through present day every person inevitably questions the purpose and meaning of life. Science and reason allow us to improve our understanding but our abilities fall incredibly short of complete understanding or exhaustive knowledge.
The truth is that every person is equipped with a limited understanding, in which they attempt to take the small amount of information and formulate a worldview that somehow, someway comes close to a reasonable conclusion about reality. What this ends up being is a poor attempt to make sense of all that is… based on a very small and limited amount of knowledge considering the total amount of information in the universe and it all leads to… an insignificant viewpoint in a universe that is unbelievably complex, and amazingly gigantic, and absolutely confusing.
But then something astonishing happens. The One who made all things, the One who sustains all things and knows all things; THE infinite God who commands all things by the power of His voice reaches down to humanity by His mercy and grace and provides humanity with a revelation, a testament of reality. This revelation continues throughout history and builds and builds and builds until at the divinely ordained moment in history this omnipotent and incomprehensible God provides the ultimate revelation by taking the form of a human and coming to introduce Himself as the God-man Jesus Christ to teach us what the truth of reality really is.
Jesus Christ came to teach us the truth. He even claims to be the truth, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) Through the witness of Christ and the Scriptures we learn 4 profound truths about reality:
1. God & Creation: There is one and only one living and true God who created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them with human beings as the crown of His creation. The eternal triune God (The Holy Trinity) reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
2. Sin & The Fall: Through God’s perfect creation, Adam and Eve, the first humans were given free will to obey and worship God thus allowing a universe where love is possible. The one test of their obedience was not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Sadly because of their own rebellion against God and their weakness to Satan’s temptation, Adam and Eve sinned and were removed from Paradise. The consequences of the Fall have thoroughly affected reality as we know it. Death, sickness, disease, disaster, pain, suffering, grief, and a myriad of other problems were introduced as sin perverted every good thing God had provided for us to enjoy. He did not create evil. Sin perverted good things. This evil transferred to the first born of Adam and Eve, illustrated as Cain murdered Abel. Every human is born into sin which is transferred to us from our first parents, Adam and Eve. In addition to this, from a early age we all sin. We don’t have to be taught how. We are born as sinners. Romans 3:23 teaches us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Even worse, Romans 6:23a teaches us that the cost or wages of sin is death. Adam and Eve were created to enjoy a perfect life, a perfect relationship with God, a perfect relationship with each other, and a perfect relationship with creation. All of this was lost through one sin. This is the bad news of the Bible.
3. Christ & Salvation: The good news of the Bible is that God in a loving act of His monumental grace immediately set a plan into motion to send a Rescuer to redeem us from sin. From Genesis 3:15, the first promise of Jesus, to the fulfillment of this prophecy in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) we see the historical fulfillment of God’s master plan taking shape to accomplish this amazing grace. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 God came to earth as Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, to live a perfect life on our behalf, and to die undeservingly for the sin of the world on a Roman cross. Three days after His death and burial He was resurrected and lives today! Through this sacrifice Christ paid the price of our sin that we could never afford. Just as sin entered the world through one man, Adam, so God’s grace, salvation, and promise of eternal life entered through Jesus Christ. We are unable to earn salvation from sin by our own good deeds. But the glorious news of the Gospel is that through the shed blood of Jesus we can receive the free gift of salvation by placing our faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. There is no one who can live a sin free life. No person could ever earn back the dominion that was lost in the beginning because no one could live a perfect life… except God! That is exactly what happened as Jesus Christ came to rescue His creation. Jesus has made salvation available to all who will profess Him as Lord and Savior and by faith believe that He is God and died for your sins. In order to accept the good news of the Gospel you must accept the bad. The bad news of your sin is the black felt on which the brilliant diamond of the good news of the Gospel glimmers. You can never accept Christ without admitting your need of a Savior because of your sin. Another way of putting it is you can never taste the sweetness of God’s grace until you taste the bitterness and helplessness of sin. The Bible says, in Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” This is good news!
4. The Return of Christ & His Kingdom: The story doesn’t end there. After Jesus was resurrected He instructed His followers to get to work building His Church. For nearly two millennia Christians have been growing in their faith and dedicating their lives to worship God. Christ commanded us to follow His teaching and to teach others His commandments. God did not leave us without a Helper. God sent His Holy Spirit to each person who believed. The Holy Spirit empowers Christians by God’s grace to become new people after believing in the Gospel. The Holy Spirit aids us to understand and believe the teaching of the Bible. He works within every believer to mature godliness through character and spiritual gifting. We are to serve God by loving Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves. This is the greatest commandment according to Jesus Christ. As we work to build a new spiritual kingdom, Christ is in heaven with God the Father preparing eternity. We learned that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23a), that’s the bad news right…. Listen to the end of this faithful saying. Romans 6:23b, “…but the gift of God is eternal life.” Before Jesus ascended into heaven He promised that He would return for His church. God will come back to destroy evil and judge the world. There is no other way to salvation other than Jesus Christ. The Bible communicates this truth over and over. One day God will return and return everything to its former glory. The question we must all answer is if we will be saved or lost. If you do not know and trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior you will be treated fairly. Your sin will be judged just like everyone else. The difference is that you will not have Jesus to take on the full penalty of the judgment you deserve. You will be eternally separated from God forever in hell. God and true Christians desire that all would believe in Jesus and no one would reject this Holy Rescuer. Sadly, some will reject Him and pay the price. A follower of Jesus Christ has had his/her sin judged on the cross where Jesus paid it all. Those who are redeemed will spend eternity with God in heaven as He sets up His wonderful Kingdom with no pain, suffering, sin, death, or evil. It will be fascinating. It will be perfect. Everything will be restored to the way God created it to be. Will you be there?
The Bible is far more marvelous than this summary. It is also without error and it the authentic source of truth given to us by God. If you would like to accept Jesus Christ you can right where you are. Admit your sins, believe that Jesus is God’s Son, the Lord, and ask Him to forgive you of your sins by Jesus’s sacrificial death on the cross and His powerful resurrection. If you truly place your faith in this wonderful God who came and died in your place, you are saved!!! Your job now is to share this great news with your family and friends. Surround yourselves with authentic Christians who desire to follow Christ, not perfect people, but people of the perfect Son of God, Jesus Christ. Get yourself a Bible and enjoy the life long process of learning more about our great God and Savior. Pray regularly, talk to Him in the name of Jesus Christ, and become a member of a Bible believing church. We would love to help you grow in your faith and service to God. As you mature spiritually in the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ, He will prepare you for service in His kingdom through His church. If you have any questions or would like prayer please email me directly or call my cell phone. firstname.lastname@example.org 919-619-1814
Thank God for His love and mercy. God bless you! -Pastor Jason Hughes