I hope the dilemma is clear to you. Because God is righteous, something must be done with the shameful mistakes we make. Over and over again. But God also wants a relationship with us. As the ultimate judge, He can not condone the mistakes we make, even if we regret and promise that we will do better from now on. Something will be broken in the relationship and that has to be repaired first.
Imagine someone is able to guarantee the mistakes I made? Someone who is able to take over your sentence? What if God has the opportunity to forgive us without losing His reliability.
God has thought of a solution to this dilemma. He himself takes the punishment that you and I deserved. I’ll tell you about how He did that!
What is the biggest offer that someone can give for making mistakes. That is giving his life. Could you imagine that someone would die for you and thereby pay off all your mistakes?
The law was without power because it was made weak by our sinful selves. But God did what the law could not do: He sent his own Son to earth with the same human life that everyone else uses for sin. God sent him to be an offering to pay for sin. So God used a human life to destroy sin. 1
This is exactly what God has done! God has come to earth himself, in the person of Jesus Christ.
I will tell you more about Him later on, but the most important part is that by dying, He has been able to compensate for our mistakes and He made it possible for God to forgive you and me for all that we have done wrong. Thanks to that forgiveness, there is no obstacle to having a sincere relationship with God!
Has God Come to Earth?
God came to earth. The great Creator who lowers to the level of His creatures? That just can’t be true! you might think. Yet that is His loving and brilliant solution to the dilemma for the relationship with us.
First I want to tell you about this solution before I will explain a few questions that you will undoubtedly have.
All have sinned and are not good enough to share God’s divine greatness. 2
When people sin, they earn what sin pays—death. But God gives his people a free gift—eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 3
Many centuries in advance it was predicted that a savior would come for the people. About 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born. The eyewitness John describes this in his report as follows;
The Word became a man and lived among us. We saw his divine greatness—the greatness that belongs to the only Son of the Father. The Word was full of grace and truth. 4
Something has happened on earth that has never happened before. A simple woman, Mary, is fertilized by the Spirit of God and given birth to a son. A child that is both divine and human. His name must be Jesus, which means “savior”. In the Bible He is also called the Son of God.
Jesus grows up, like every other child of that age, but many predictions are fulfilled during his lifetime. I would like to tell you more about the life of Jesus and why He is called the Son of God. Visit these links if you want to know more about that first. I want to tell you here in particular about His life and the purpose with which he came to earth.
Jesus did many wonderful things during the time he lived on earth; He heals sick people and does other miracles. During His life He teaches people about the love of God and God wants a relationship with us. No amorous relationship, but a spiritual relationship, a bond.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second most important command is this: ‘Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.’ These two commands are the most important.” 5
God loves us and wants nothing else than that His love is answered by us. But the reality is that we fail in this. We think about ourselves all the time.
God sent His Son to earth to live as an ordinary person, exept for one big difference to all other people: Jesus Christ has lived as a perfect life, without error. Peter, one of the “eyewitnesses” describes it as following:
“He never sinned, and he never told a lie.” People insulted him, but he did not insult them back. He suffered, but he did not threaten anyone. No, he let God take care of him. God is the one who judges rightly. 6
Because Jesus lived without mistakes and showed that you can live as God wants. By living sinlessly, He has saved the honor of God. But He was not just an example and a teacher for the people. There was a bigger plan, one that had been predicted many times and centuries before He came to earth…
From that time Jesus began telling his followers that he must go to Jerusalem. He explained that the older Jewish leaders, the leading priests, and the teachers of the law would make him suffer many things. And he told his followers that he must be killed. Then, on the third day, he would be raised from death. 7
The religious leaders considered Him as a threat to their power and authority and condemned Him to death. The only accusation they could think of was that He said that He was Son of God. For that reason they condemned Him and put Him to death.
The people nailed Him to a cross in a shameful way. This humiliation was not all. By dying, He has paid for the punishment that you and I should have recieved for all our mistakes, our wandering of God.
By dying voluntarily He has washed away our sins and our shame with His blood and thereby cleanses our conscience.
The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a cow were sprinkled on those who were no longer pure enough to enter the place of worship. The blood and ashes made them pure again—but only their bodies. So surely the blood sacrifice of Christ can do much more. Christ offered himself through the eternal Spirit as a perfect sacrifice to God. His blood will make us completely clean from the evil we have done. It will give us clear consciences so that we can worship the living God. 8
Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life. 9
To prove that Jesus Christ was not only a man, but also God, He rose again from the dead after three days.
Who can say that God’s people are guilty? No one! Christ Jesus died for us, but that is not all. He was also raised from death. And now he is at God’s right side, speaking to him for us. 10
If you are willing to believe this and respond to God’s love, then your sins will be forgiven and you can have a relationship with God. Even better: you are adopted as a child of God!
But some people did accept him. They believed in him, and he gave them the right to become children of God. They became God’s children, but not in the way babies are usually born. It was not because of any human desire or plan. They were born from God himself.11
If you can not or do not want to believe this, then try to think of what else God should have done for you to show that He loves you?
“Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest. Accept my teaching. Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will be able to get some rest. Yes, the teaching that I ask you to accept is easy. The load I give you to carry is light.” 12