Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you pedal you never get anywhere?
You kick and scratch and try to claw your way to the top but you never seem to emerge from the pack? After a while you just wonder if it’s worth the effort. It is easy to be a cynic in today’s world. You work hard trying to make a living and it seems there is always more month left at the end of the money. You look around and from the looks of the houses being built and the cars others are driving – somebody is making it! Someone other than you. Your family life isn’t much better. In spite of your efforts – your family is a mess. Relationships are strained, nerves are on edge and walking on eggshells is tiresome work. You thought you would try church – but it was just another set of problems. Folks down at the church didn’t seem to be any better off than you are - just busier because they have “church activities” on top of everything else. So what do you do? Just grin and bear it? Just put the nose to the old grindstone and keep going? Is that really all that can be done?
Deep down you know there has to be more to it than that. But what? Where do you find it? Are there answers? Is there something that makes sense of life?
There is an answer and it is found in the pages of the Bible. The central message of the Christian Gospel is really fairly simple. It is a message about God, his creation and his son Jesus Christ.
The message starts with a loving Creator.
The Bible states that, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation states, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created."
The apostle Paul tells us in Colossians 1 that we were made “by” God and “for” God (Colossians 1:16). We were created to be in relationship with the Creator of the universe. If that is what we were made for – we cannot be fulfilled until we are in that relationship. But if we were made for such a relationship, what happened?
In Adam, man chose to go out on his own. Rather than live in a dependent relationship with the Creator, Adam opted for independence. He did not need God to tell him what to do. Thus he struck out on his own, but the result was tragic (Genesis 3:1-19). Sin, shame and guilt entered the world. Man’s relationship with God changed. Man’s heart changed. So much so that it can now be said of man, “There is none righteous no not one. There is none who seeks for God (Romans 3:10-19).” Independence brought murder, hatred, hostility, selfishness and a host of malignant vices.
What was God’s response to man’s willful rejection of their relationship? God’s justice demanded judgment. Immediately man was driven from paradise. He was now estranged from his creator and his children would suffer as a result of his rebellion. God had warned, “The soul that sins will die.” Every son of Adam has faced the grim reality that, “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)
The apostle Paul warns, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God…and the wages of sin is death” (Romans 3:23; 6:23). As you can see we’ve made a real mess of things! God’s judgment sounds harsh – but wait, you haven’t heard everything yet.
Because God loves, he sent his son into the world to redeem sinful, fallen man. Jesus came and lived a sinless life. He perfectly fulfilled the will of God. And then gave his life as a ransom for our sin. As the sinless Lamb of God he died in our place. He was our substitute drinking the wrath of God in our place. (Colossians 1:20-22; Romans 3:23-26; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
This is all by the grace of God. It is undeserved and generous from start to finish. But there is more.
God raised Jesus to life again on the third day as the first-fruit of those who would believe. He conquered sin, death and the grave. And he now offers life and hope to all who will believe on him (1 Peter 1:3).
Well, where does that leave us? What are we to do?
You are faced with a choice. You can live life your way or you can live it God’s way. You can be lord of your life or you can acknowledge Jesus as Lord of your life. Either way, there are “consequences” to your choices. The choices you make today – have direct bearing on tomorrow. It’s time for some sober thinking. Time to give serious attention to your spiritual life. Don’t wait until it is too late.
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”
Look to Christ and live! Believe on the Lord Jesus. We would love to talk with you about this glorious truth. If we can be of help just gives us a call. Or better yet, why not come worship with us Sunday morning at 10:50am?