In your relationship with God, do you have confidence? Do you believe that God loves you? Do you believe that God is for you? The answer to these questions is so very important for your life and for mine.
If you answer those question yes then you will live a life of consistent victory and peace no matter what your circumstances. If you answer those questions no then you will live a life of defeat, despair, and depression, even when everything looks great. If you are somewhere in between, you will live that cycle that so many Christians are all too familiar with. The cycle of Victory, defeat, despair, victory, defeat, despair, on and on it goes.
The Bible gives us good news, God wants us to know and believe the Love that He has for us. He wants us to be able to say, “Yes God loves me! Yes God is for me! Yes I am confident in my relationship with God!”
The Christian life simply cannot be lived consistently unless you can honestly answer those questions with a persuaded and joyful yes. However, those question cannot be answered confidently unless you have thought the good news of Jesus through and realized just exactly what it means for you. So let’s think about the good news of Jesus together.
We were created by God for God. The Bible teaches that God is the source of all good things. The Bible also teaches that sin separates us from God. Isaiah 59:2 says, “Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.” So sin separates us from the source of all good, leaves us broken from our original design, and sets us down roads of ever increasing brokenness.
The bad news is that we have all sinned. You don’t need me to tell you that you have sinned and I don’t need you to tell me that I have sinned. There is not a person living who does not know deep down that they have messed up in life. Romans 3:23 plainly tells us “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Notice that verse tells us everyone has sinned and everyone is coming short of the glory of God. Christian or not we all know that we do not measure up to “the glory (perfection) of God.”
But the good news is that God has fixed the problem of sin through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For He made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” In order to make that a little clearer, let’s replace the pronouns with names, “For God the Father made Jesus to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Jesus.”
This verse is concrete evidence that God has done wonderful things for us! God took all of our sin and placed it on Jesus and then took all of Jesus’ Righteousness (Jesus knew no sin) and placed it on us. Jesus is our Salvation. We receive this free gift of Salvation by simply trusting that God has saved us through the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus.
When we accept Jesus as our Savior then Jesus makes His permanent dwelling place inside of us and begins to transform us into His Image. Jesus does all the work and we get all the benefits! He sets us free from the condemnation and power of sin and reconciles us to His God and Father. He brings us out of sin death and into eternal life. Through Jesus’ work for us we can say, “Yes I do have confidence in my relationship with God because my relationship with God is based on the perfect obedience and flawless sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Yes I know God loves me because He gave His only Son for me. Yes I do believe that God is for me because if He was willing to give that which was most valuable to Him for me I am sure He is more than willing to freely give me all things.”
Let’s consider together a wonderful verse in God’s Word. Hebrews 12:24, “And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things that that of Abel.” What did Abel’s blood “speak” anyways?
After Cain murdered Abel, in Genesis 4:10-11 God said to Cain, “What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand.” Abel’s blood cried for retribution. Abel’s blood cried out for judgment. Abel’s blood cried out for vengeance.
Hebrews 12:24 says Jesus’ blood, the blood of the New Covenant, speaks better things. What does Jesus’ blood speak? In Colossians 1:13-14 the Bible says God, “hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” Jesus’ blood cries out for forgiveness. It cries out for redemption. It cries out for mercy.
God hears the cry of the blood of His dear Son. God forgives us freely from all things in Christ. Will you receive that forgiveness today? God loves you. Jesus Christ died for you. You can receive Him as your Savior right this moment if you’d like. The Bible says, “All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Will you ask Jesus to save you now and begin to live in His Victory?
If you have received Jesus as your Savior, will you this day look again at the Cross and empty tomb? Brother, sister, do not fall from Grace. Keep your hearts, minds, and eyes on Jesus Christ. He is all we need. He is all our Salvation.
Let us rejoice together and be found boasting in our great Savior Jesus Christ.