In the beginning, God created everything, and it was perfect. God created man and woman to rule the garden for Him. The first man and woman, Adam and Eve, had a perfect relationship with God, each other and everything else on earth.
Because God didn’t want his creation to know the pain of evil, he commanded Adam and Eve to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve chose independence and autonomy over their perfect relationship with God, each other and creation. Adam and Eve’s decision introduced evil into every aspect of God’s once perfect creation. The decision to value anything above God is called sin, and we have all sinned. If you’ve ever lied, hated or longed for something that someone else had, then you’ve sinned.
The price for rebelling against the Creator is death. Even worse than physical death, mankind is condemned to spiritual death. We are separated from the God who created, loved, and gave us direction on how to live.
Men have always tried to find a way to get back what they’ve lost. Some try to be good enough to earn spiritual life, or they make excuses for why they failed. Others have created alternate ways to grasp at spiritual life. Yet, nothing works. We are incapable of helping ourselves. So, God made a way, and it is the only way.
At great cost, God made a way to once again be united with mankind. Jesus, God’s son, came to earth, was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, healed many, taught God’s law, and explained that he was the only way to God. The religious leaders of the time hated Jesus, falsified evidence, and had him sentenced to death. Although this was a great tragedy, it was all a part of God’s plan. While Jesus was on the cross, He willingly received the sins of mankind. Then, He died.
Jesus was taken down from the cross, buried, and three days later he rose from the dead. He didn’t stay dead because he had overcome death (our consequence for sin). Later, over 500 witnesses saw Jesus alive. After a time, Jesus went back to Heaven and now sits with God as our advocate.
Believe in Jesus, repent of sin and trust in Jesus for new life, and you will be forgiven. Your sins will be completely washed away. You will be transformed from being spiritually dead to spiritually alive.
This is just the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ.
Contact us at (413) 547-1080 or