1. Why did Jesus have to die?
- Romans 3:25 – “Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God”
- Galatians 3:13 – “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree”
- 1 John 4:10 – “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.”
If God were not just, there would be no demand for His Son to suffer and die. If God were not loving, there would be no willingness for His Son to suffer and die. But God is just AND loving. Therefore His love is willing to meet the demands of His justice. “Propitiation” refers to the removal of God’s wrath by providing a substitute. Jesus Christ is the substitute
2. How can God love me?
- Ephesians 1:7 – “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace”
- John 3:16 – “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.”
- Romans 5:8 – “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
The measure of God’s love is shown by the degree of His sacrifice and by our unworthiness. There is only one explanation for God’s sacrifice for us, and it is not us. It is “the riches of his grace.” It is all free; not a response to our worth, but an overflow of His infinite worth!
3. What if I don’t love God?
- John 3:36 – “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
- Matthew 25:46 – “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”
- 2 Thessalonians 1:9 – “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power”
Every human heart desires to live and be happy because God made us this way (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We are made to live forever, and we will. Everyone will live somewhere forever; eternal life in glory or in hell. For those who trust Christ, the best is yet to come! The opposite is true for those who reject Jesus Christ. All one has to do to reject Christ is to do nothing.
4. What does all this mean for you?
- 1 John 5:13 – “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.”
- John 5:24 – “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
- Acts 3:19 – “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”
- God created you for His glory. Isaiah 43:6-7
- Every human should live for God’s glory. 1 Corinthians 10:31
- All have failed to glorify God as we should. Romans 3:23
- All are subject to God’s just condemnation. Romans 6:23
- God sent Jesus to provide eternal life and joy. 1 Timothy 1:15
- His death purchased benefits for those who repent and trust Him. Acts 16:31
5. What should you do?
- Mark 10:17 – “And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”
- Acts 16:29-30 – “Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
- By God’s grace, call upon Jesus to save you.
- By God’s grace, turn from the deceitful promises of sin.
- Break the power of sin’s promises by faith in the superior satisfaction of God’s promises.
- Begin reading the Bible to find His “exceeding great and precious promises” which can, and will, set you free.
- Be involved in a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church; worship and grow together with other people who treasure Christ above all things .
6. Did you know that God wants and commands you to be joyful?!
- Psalm 100:2 – “Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”
- Psalm 37:4 – “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”