Life is short. Time is passing away. There is an eternity of existence ahead. Where will you spend eternity? This is the big question. Many people when faced with such a question, make responses which although different are connected. They say that they hope that all is going to work out well and that God will accept them in the end. The second connected response concerns how they have this thought based on their hope that the good in their lives will outweigh the bad. On this basis they hope God will be happy and be persuaded to receive them into his glory. But people need Christ. He is the one they need to guarantee a blessed eternity. But why do people need the Christ?
Let us get to the heart of this issue. We are all God’s creatures. We were made by Him. In Colossians 1:16b we read, concerning our Lord Jesus, the Son of God, all things have been created through him and for him. All things includes us. Deep in all of our beings, we know there is a God. We know this through our observation of creation and the fact of our consciences. There is God and all of us know that deep in the recesses of our beings.
This God who is holy and perfect has holy and perfect standards. His law tells us what pleases Him and what displeases Him. His law is summed up in two fundamental commands. One day Jesus was asked:
‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ When asked what was the greatest commandment Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’ (Matt. 22:36-40).
These standards are further explained in the ten commandments (see Ex. 20:1-17). We have all failed to keep these commandments. We are all guilty of failing to live as we ought. And as a result of our guilt we face punishment. And the punishment for us failing to keep God’s law and please Him as we should is death; eternal death. This means being out of the favour of our God forever. It is eternal hell; it means eternal suffering. So we need a rescuer otherwise all there is is a fearful looking forward to judgement. We need the Christ
We need a saviour. We do not need a new lifestyle; that only camouflages our problem. We do not need a new religion; that is just a distraction and is as futile as a new lifestyle. We need a rescuer. We do not need advice; we need someone to come and deliver us from such a terrible plight. That ONE is Jesus Christ.
He is the Christ. He is God’s special one. The only one with the full approval of heaven upon Him. He came into the world on a salvation mission, He came to rescue sinners from death, hell and destruction. The fact that He was given the name Jesus gave immediate indication of what he was about. We read in Matthew 1:21 the words of the angel to Joseph concerning Mary ‘She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’ He proved that He did not have to die for his own sin because He had none. His is eternally the sinless one and even in coming into this world this did not change. He remained sinless. Paul says of Him God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor 5.21).
The Old Testament gives us an anticipation of this salvation. The passover indicated that there was of one who would come who was perfect without fault (see Ex. 12:1-13) This Christ came in fulfilment of that picture. John said when he came “Look the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). To take away sins He had to offer Himself on the cross as the one offering for sins. To prove the finality and sufficiency of what He had done God raised from the dead on the third day and He is now seated at the right hand of the majesty on high.
You need this Christ. No other can save you form the eternal wrath to come. You need to find salvation in Him. It is your sin that keeps you from this salvation. But He has died for sins so come and repent of your sins and believe and you will know what it is to be born again and know eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. You must do this. The consequences of not doing so are too desperate. Come and believe the gospel and receive this Christ. The first message that our Saviour declared when he started preaching was ‘The time has come,’ he said.‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’ (Mark 1:15). This is your time. Come and believe.
Taken from the Feltham Evangelical Church newsletter of June 2014