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Only a Man?
Do you ever wonder why there is so much fuss around such a historical figure as Jesus? There are a plethora of historical documents outside of the Bible that reference the person, Jesus Christ. What is it about this man that is so compelling that, irrespective of culture or religious affinity, people are compelled to say something about Him? The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (Holy Bible, Mark 1:1-3) As the Son of God He is no less God than the Father and so He, being God, entered into His creation like every person comes into the world: He was born. But why would God embrace such a humble act as to cloak His deity behind the humble frame of humanity?
The Bible teaches in Genesis chapter 3 that God created a man and a woman, Adam and Eve, and that they sinned against God by disobeying His command not to eat fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The consequence was eternal separation from God. Now Adam and Eve needed someone to mediate between them and God: they could no longer stand before God because they were full of sin and were finite beings. The Bible calls this spiritual death. Every person born to them was born from sinful parents. Every person is born sinful. (Ephesians 2:1-3, ESV)
So Jesus Christ willfully took on human flesh so that He could stand before God and man and offer a payment for sin. He was the payment. No one else could make that payment because only God could provide the remedy for sin: Himself in Jesus Christ. Jesus made the payment by dying on the cross for man’s sin. He rose again from the dead after three days to offer the hope of resurrection to man. He is man’s only hope of a restored relationship with God so that man can commune with God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave the only path to communion with God and eternal life that Adam and Eve had before their disobedience.
Romans 3:23-26 "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins. It was to show His righteousness at the present time, so that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus" (ESV).
1 John 4:10 "In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins" (ESV).
John 3:16-17 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him" (ESV).
God wants you to turn from your sin. Sin is anything that is opposite of what God is, like immoral thoughts and actions, dishonesty, pride, selfishness. When we acknowledge that these things are wrong and ask Jesus to forgive us we turn from our sin. When we turn from our sin God has promised to bring us back into a close communion with Him, like the communion that Adam and Eve had before they sinned.
Acts 3:19-20 "Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus" (ESV).
1 John 1:8-9 "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (ESV).
Talk to God. He will hear you. Talking to God is what the Bible teaches is prayer. Ask Him to forgive you for sinning and to restore the relationship with God that man was created to have.
1.The Bible teaches that every man and woman is a sinner.
2.The Bible teaches that sin keeps us away from God.
3.The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the only way to God.
4.The Bible teaches that if we confess our sins God will forgive us.
5.The Bible teaches that we receive eternal life and communion with God when we repent of sin.