Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Resurrection Eggs: Egg Seven

*This is number seven of a twelve post series. There will be a new one each day for the next six days*

Egg #7: Nails in the Cross

"Three large nails were driven into Jesus's hands and feet to nail Him to the cross.

Read: John 19:16:22

Why did Jesus have to die? He died so our sins could be forgiven and so we could live forever with God. In Romans 3:23 the Bible says, 'All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.'

In the beginning, God created Adam and Eve and gave them the freedom to choose. Sadly, when given the choice to obey God, they chose to disobey Him instead. The result was that Adam and Eve were separated from God. And as offspring (or great, great, great grandchildren of Adam and Eve), we are born sinful and separated from God. We also willfully disobey or rebel against God every day, which makes it clear we are sinners all on our own.

There are many different ways we disobey God. We disobey Him when we are selfish with toys or other things. We disobey Him when we hit our brother or sister, or lie, cheat, or steal. We disobey Him if we're told to do something by our parents and don't, or we do what we're told but complain. We know children are to obey their parents because God tells us this in His commandments. He wants us to honor, respect, and listen to them; if we don't, we sin. When we sin, we're saying to God that we want to be the god or ruler of our own lives.

God does not sin. He is perfect and holy. He hates sin. So maybe you understand why our sin keeps us from God. It's as though there's a big canyon between us and God that we can never cross on our own.

No matter how hard we try, we can't reach God. Because God is holy, our sin separates us from Him. It wouldn't be right for God to let sin go unpunished, and so He punishes all sin with death. There is only one way we can be free from the punishment or 'death' we deserve. Do you want to know how?

Here is the good news!
God the Father provided only one way to escape the punishment of sin by sending His only Son, Jesus, to die. Jesus received the death that sinners like us deserve. Because Jesus is the perfect Son of God, only He could be punished in the place of sinners like us! By His death on the cross, Jesus built a bridge for believers across the canyon of sin and separation.

Would you like to have a relationship with Jesus, be forgiven for all your sins, and live forever with God in heaven? If you are willing to repent or turn away from your sins and believe in Jesus and His death on the cross for sinners, just tell Him right now. he promises that if you turn and trust only in Him, He will forgive you and make you clean inside. Remember to ask for help from the Holy Spirit, Who Jesus gives to Christians to help us obey God every day.

Did you know that anyone who truly believes in and obeys God will live forever with Him? Jesus said in John 5:24, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.'

When we, as Christians, think of the nails that were pounded through Jesus' body into the cross, we should be sad about our sins. But we should also be filled with joy because we know we are given everlasting life through His death. He was pierced for us!"

From Resurrection Eggs Randal Lee Walti

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