WHAT IS THIS HOPE?
You might want to know what this so-called Our Hope is. Let me try to give you some context to introduce the subject.
I don’t know what you believe, whether you are a creationist, an evolutionist, or believe in intelligent design, but in order to begin this conversation we need to start from where it all began.
God created all things, the heavens, the earth and everything in it was created by God, including you and me. When God created man and woman and he created them in His image and likeness. God also created a wonderful garden where man and woman lived. They had a personal relationship with God. He walked and talked with them, asked the man to take care of the garden, name the animals, cultivate the land, be a steward of everything. God said that the man could do whatever he wanted and eat whatever fruit he wanted except eat one fruit from the tree that was called the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He said that the consequence of this fruit was Death, because until that moment death did not exist, nor was it known what it was, the finitude of life did not exist for man, there were no pain, suffering, wars, etc. But unfortunately things did not follow exactly this course.
AND WHAT HAPPENED?
In this garden there was a being that is called the serpent, and that in the future God would reveal to us in the Bible, that the serpent is actually the Devil. One day when the man and the woman were in the garden, near the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, the serpent struck up a conversation with them.
The serpent asked them if God had forbidden them to eat of that fruit, they answered yes, that God said that they could not eat it and that if they ate it they would certainly die, the serpent immediately said No, that they would not die and that God did not really want man to know that the day he ate of that fruit he would become like God, knowing Good and Evil.
And that is where the problem begins, obviously as you may know, we all die, there is no way out of this, no answer from the world to prevent that day from coming. God at the time was not referring only to the death of the body, but to an eternal separation between man and God.
The consequences of this mistake of wanting to become like God leads us until today to commit the most varied and sad madnesses, to kill, steal, cheat, deceive, lie, take advantage of others, disrespect our parents, be selfish, obsessed with acquiring riches, arrogant, disobedient, and so on. And to God who is holy, these sins or mistakes are put to death, which keeps us away from God forever.
WILL WE LIVE AWAY FROM HIM FOREVER?
This same God who is holy and therefore does not put up with sin, He also says that He loves us and presents Himself as Love itself. That is why God, loving us and knowing that there is no other way for us to have a relationship with Him again unless He interfered, became incarnate as a man, lived among us, taught us the standard of living we should live by, and did something that forever marked the history of humanity.
God says that the reward for sin is death, and He is not a man to go back on His promises. If you and I sin, our destiny is death. God says that “we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God” We have all sinned. So what am I saying? That there is no hope? No. I am saying that there is only one hope. And so I want to introduce you to our hope.
God says in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”.
But it is not enough for me to just know that Jesus died for my sins for me to be saved. For you to have the same hope that I have, God says that we need to repent of our sins, we need to confess with our mouths that we are sinners and that we need His forgiveness.
God says that He stands at the door and knocks, if you open the door for God, He will come into your heart and stay with you forever. He says that He will write your name in the book of life. So even if you die, you will live forever with God. But you need to recognize that Jesus Christ died in your place and recognize that Jesus Christ is your Lord, God and Savior of your life.
The word of God says that He is the way, the truth and the life, and that no one comes to God except through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross.
MAY I ASK….
Don’t you feel that there is something wrong in your life? Don’t you feel a hole in your heart that you try to fill at all costs? Does it feel like nothing is enough? That there is something missing?
I tell you that yes, you are missing the main thing in your life, a relationship with God. I don’t know you, and I don’t know your struggles and your battles. I don’t know how your life is going, but I know that someone has an answer for these pains and struggles, you have a God who cares, who loves you, and who wants to have you as a son. God says that because of Jesus’ sacrifice, He now sees you as His son.
Jesus Christ will never force you to believe that He died on the cross for you.
He gave you His free will. Do you agree with me that it would not be love if God had simply programmed you to love Him? So if you believe that you are a sinner, if you believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate and that He died in your place on the cross and that He rose again and lives today, if you believe this in your heart and understand this, I want to invite you now to ask Jesus Christ to come into your life. I will pray and you repeat after me.
“Lord Jesus, forgive me for my sins, I know that I am a sinner and that I need you. I believe that you died on the cross for my sins and that you rose again. I recognize that you are God.
I ask you now, that you will change my life, that you will write my name in your book of life, I ask you to enter my heart and never leave.
Thank you for saving me. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
TO GOD BE ALL THE HONOR AND GLORY.
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