At this time of year, we remember the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. I must confess that much of the message of the Gospel was lost on me until our first baby was born. We were happy and excited as most new parents are. Then the thought occurred to me, “God must love His Son far more than we could ever love our child. I cannot imagine loving anyone enough to stand by and watch our child tortured to death to save that person, yet that is what God has done for us.”
We now have a choice to make. We can accept the pardon for our sins made available to us by Jesus’ sacrifice, or we can spend an eternity separated from His love.
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (All quotes are from “English Standard Version.”)
1 Corinthians 2:9, “But as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.’”
The other side of the story tells about those who reject His pardon. Revelation 21:8, “But as for the cowardly, the faithless … their portion will be the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
1 John 5:11-13, “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may have eternal life.”
All this sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Jesus has paid for our pardon, and we need only confess our sins to our Lord Jesus Christ to spend an eternity in glory.
Russell A. Scott