Why do I
need to be saved?
leaves no doubt about our
condition. While we set our
standards of right and wrong by
society's values, Gods
standard is His own holiness. How
do we measure up? "All have
sinned and come short of the
glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
It is only fair that God demands
holiness; that is how He first
created mankind. We have rebelled
against Him as a race and as
pathway away from God has brought
its consequences. "The wages
of sin is death" (Romans
6:23a). The Bible compares sin to
a cruel slave master. There is no
mercy in suffering, no freedom
from bondage, no lasting joy, no
hope for the future. Most
frightening is the final
consequence of sin. The Bible
warns that without Gods
salvation, death is the doorway
to eternal punishment (Hebrews
is from this that we need to be
saved. From our own sin. From its
bondage. From its consequences.
"How shall we escape if we
neglect so great salvation?"
God say I can be saved?
is holy and God is love. His
holiness demands that our sin be
punished in full. His love
provides a way for us to be saved
from this punishment. How is this
possible? Someone was willing to
suffer what we deserve. Our
substitute had to be a sinless
man, able to suffer the full
wrath of God against our sin. The
only one able to take our place
was Gods Son.
greatest display of Gods
love unfolded as His Son left
heaven to become a man. Born of a
virgin 2000 years ago, the Lord
Jesus Christ lived with His
creation. He was unable to sin,
yet He showed compassion to
sinners all around Him. Men hated
Christ because His holiness
exposed their sinfulness. They
decided to remove Him by
crucifying Him. He willingly
allowed them to nail Him to a
cross of wood outside Jerusalem.
They suspended Him so they could
sit and watch Him die. The climax
of Gods plan of salvation
had arrived as God covered the
earth with darkness. The Bible
tells us that for three hours He
laid on His Son the full
punishment we deserve to receive
for our sin. The darkness was
broken when Jesus Christ called
out with a loud voice, "It
is finished". He had
accomplished the mighty work,
Gods great plan of
three days in death, Christ Jesus
rose from the dead. This is
evidence to all who saw Him and
to all who read Gods word
that Christs suffering
completely satisfied His father.
He was victorious over death
itself the ultimate
consequence of our sin.
plan of salvation brings us into
the good of Christs
suffering, death, and victory.
"For when we were yet
without strength, in due time,
Christ died for the ungodly"
"For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in
Him should not perish, but have
everlasting life" (John 3:16).