Ever wondered where everything came from?
Why are we here?
As Christians we believe that the world and everything in it is no accident, that it’s not a consequence of chance or millions of years of evolution. We believe that an awesome, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God created it all (Genesis 1), and because of that he knows about each and every one of us from the inside out (Psalm 139). He even knows how many hairs are on our head, and he values every single one of us. We’re his pride, his joy.
And what’s even more amazing is that this God wants to get to know us, to be involved in our lives (Revelation 3:20). We can have a relationship with the creator of the universe, we can come to him with all our troubles, problems and questions.
God wants the best for us, for you, and he has given us a way of living that leads us into a perfect relationship with Him. I’m sure you’ve heard of the 10 commandments, and the other rules God gave us in the Bible (Exodus 20). These include things like don’t steal, don’t lie, or cheat, or kill. Imagine a world where we all stuck to those rules, wouldn’t it be fantastic?
But there’s a problem. You see, unfortunately for us, we have all decided that we know better, that we don’t need to stick to God’s guidelines. This is called “sin”, and the Bible makes very clear that we’ve ALL done it (Romans 3:23). Because we believe that God is perfect, that there’s no bad in Him at all, then even if we’ve only done one, very small bad thing, it is enough to separate us from Him. The perfect God cannot have a relationship with us because of our sin, our imperfection.
I think we’d all agree that if we are wronged, if someone does something bad to us, we would like to see justice done, that that person should be punished. Well, God is the same. Because we have wronged Him with our disobedience and sin, God has created a punishment for us called Hell (Romans 6:23). Now this might sound cruel, but God has to be just.
Now here comes the good news! Because God loves us, and he doesn’t want to punish those he created to have a loving relationship with, he came up with a rescue plan. He sent someone else to take the punishment for our sin, to be our substitute. God sent his only son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16). Jesus was both God and man, and he lived the perfect life. You can read all about him in the first four books of the New Testament in the Bible – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. He did many amazing things, such as heal the sick, raise the dead back to life, and ultimately, gave his life to save us.
In dying on a cross, Jesus took upon himself the sins of the whole world (Matthew 20:28). And when he rose again, he proved that he had defeated sin and death, and that we could live eternally with Him (John 3:16-18). He is still alive today, and you can get to know him. We can worship him, talk to him, and involve him in our lives. He can be your friend, help you through tough times, guide you through life, and show you how to live life to the full (John 10:10).
So how do you come to know this God, and his son Jesus, to accept what he has done for you, and begin to live life as a Christian?
Well, here are three easy steps for you to take:
Firstly, ADMIT that you are far away from God. Tell Him that you are sorry for having lived this way and have decided to turn away from all that you have done wrong. If specific things come to mind then apologise for these things.
Secondly, COMMIT yourself to Jesus, trusting in who he is and what he did on the cross. Receive his promise of forgiveness for yourself – thanking him for it and believing you have started a brand new life.
Thirdly, SUBMIT your life to Him, day by day. He’s the boss and he wants to change you into the person he wants you to be. He will give you the Holy Spirit who will live in you with power. God has a future and purpose for you as part of his family – the church.
If you want to talk to someone about this in more depth please come along to one of our meetings or contact the office. We also recommend you do an Alpha Course, where you can discover more about Christianity and ask any questions you might have. Jubilee Church runs a course, or if you live too far away you can find one near you by visiting www.alpha.org