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Despite all our achievements we have an inability to conquer our own human nature. We are not basically good, we can't convince ourselves into goodness or try harder to make ourselves good. Only God can do it.
"...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." (Rom 3:23-24)
Some deaths are described as the most famous, the most public and the most mourned. But when we look into the death of Jesus and why he had to die we see the death that was the most important, the key to reconciliation with God. The cross speaks to us of four different things.
It's an evaluation of your worth as a human being - a price was paid for you.
It's an exposition of the terrible seriousness of sin.
It's a deminstration of God'sgrace and justice.
It is an invitation from God - it is paid in full there is nothing more you can add to it.
"But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." (John 20:31) Doubts are necessary to discern truth. Doubts are normal whether Christian or not. Even weak faith can be genuine faith - it's a starting point. Faith lives alongside unanswered questions. John's Gospel was written for people who doubt. When we look at the verse above, John points us to 3 aspects of genuine Christian faith.
It is based on reliable testimony about Jesus.
It involves taking a step of faith based on that testimony.
Faith is confirmed in experiencing life with Jesus
Do we remember the amazing truth that we discovered when we became a Christian? Can we still see how amazing it is to be called a child of God?
When we become a Christian we are no longer just a creature of God (something he has created) we are a child of God. We enter his family. We have a relationship with God who loves us.
It's not just a box you tick - it has a dramatic impact on your life. If sin is what puts the hitch in our step then God is the one who is seeking to help us walk properly in our relationship with Him. While we might be an 'alien' to the rest of the world we have hope for the future - and that's amazing.