When God created us we were made in His image. When sin entered into humanity it wrecked us, it made us proud and distorted our identity. But, God never made us to live that way. In fact, He so desperately wanted to love us that He sent His son Jesus to save us. And, Jesus loves us so much that He chose to come into the world He created. The Author of life became one of His creations, He spent three years walking the earth revealing the Heart of His Father in Heaven by healing the sick, forgiving sin and casting out demons. Jesus loved us so much that He chose to be crucified to pay the price for our sin. He chose to become marred, bruised and battered beyond description – more than any of the sons of man. So badly beaten that he became unrecognizable.
So, why did He do that? Why did the beating have to be so bad and the death have to be so brutal? Because after sin got done with us, we did not look anything like what we were created to be. So, He took on that identity so we could get back to our original value. Isn't that so powerful and wonderful to hear? Consequently, we don’t ever have to doubt that he loves us, no matter what anyone says or what happens in life. He loves us, He loves you, And He paid the ultimate price for you.
There is a parallel to everything Jesus did on the cross:
- He died so that you would live
- The father turned away from Him for a moment so He could behold you forever
- He was beaten so you would be unbeatable
- He was bound so you would be free
- Jesus died so that you could be free.
So, how do you become free?
You simply make a decision ... to believe that He is who He says He is ... to follow Him and to turn away from your sin ... to choose the new life He died to give you and to follow Him into life and joy and peace. If you want to make this decision, say this prayer and mean it from your heart:
Dear Jesus, I’m praying this prayer because I know that I have done wrong by living without you. I am sorry, please forgive me for my sins. I accept your love and grace for me and ask that you would be my Lord. Help me believe in you and love you every day, and help me to show the world what you are like and how great your love is.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
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