God so loved the world
What is wrong with the world?
Something is wrong with the world we live in; on this we must all agree. Open your newspaper or turn on your TV news channel any day, and you will be sure to see accounts of murders, crimes, fighting and threat of war. You are probably, like me, just so used to seeing these things that you take them for granted. But if we stop to think about it, we are bound to ask, “Why?”
Surely when God first made the world, and made such a perfect dwelling for men, He intended something better than the world of trouble and despair that we live in.
So, where did it all go wrong then?
In the beginning, when God created the very first man, called Adam, He taught him His ways. He also gave Adam one simple law, and just as a father expects obedience from his children, so God expected Adam to obey Him. God said, “You may freely eat of every tree in the garden, but you shall not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. For in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Gen 2:16-17)
Adam disobeyed God and his disobedience led to his eventual death, as God said it would. This first sin meant that all Adam’s descendants were born with this tendency to sin. In Romans 5:12 we read, “…as by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for all that have sinned”.
Unfortunately yes, we also sin and die. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jer 17:9). We read these things in the Bible and although we might not want to believe it, we know from our own feelings that they are true, just as the apostle Paul when he said, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing” (Rom 7:18). We all agree with Paul; somehow, we never manage to be as good as we want to be.
What is the remedy?
Before he sinned, Adam walked in friendship with God. After he sinned, Adam could no longer have fellowship with his Maker. Ever since then, for thousands of years, every one of his descendants followed in his footsteps and sinned (every one except Jesus, of course). Everyone was cut of from God. What a hopeless state!
But God, in His love and pity, provided a way in which everyone could come to Him, and have life. We read of this in 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”.
Now it is always easier to make something if you have a good pattern to go by. And so we may learn to be better men and women, by taking Jesus as our pattern, and learning all that we can from Him, and trying to be like Him.
Jesus and the cross
Jesus never sinned. He always did those things that pleased God. And yet they crucified Him! God did not save Him from a terrible death, simply because Jesus had to take all our sins upon Himself, “The lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isa 53:6). The Bible teaches us plainly that through the death of Jesus on the cross, in obedience to His Father’s will, we may have our own sins forgiven, and may have everlasting life.
Believing in Him
Does this mean that we only have to say, “I believe in Jesus”, and we shall be saved from sin and death? It might seem so at first, but think about this for a moment. If we really believe anything, we act upon it, don’t we? If our child is sick, and we believe the doctor can save him, we don’t jut say, “I believe in Dr. So-and-so”, and let the child go on suffering. Of course not. We send for the doctor, and because we believe in him, we do whatever he says. This is even truer when it comes to believing in Jesus. If we really believe, we shall find out what He wants us to do, and do it to the best of our abilities. In closing I just want to say remember my friend; God is preparing you for what He has prepared for you. It will all be worth it! Be Blessed!!!!!
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