...if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
God's Word tells us in John 8 of a woman, an adultress, whom the scribes and Pharisees brought before Jesus. Although they brought her to Jesus in the name of justice, their true purpose was to test Jesus that they might accuse Him should He give an answer contrary to the law. When they suggested stoning the woman, Jesus revealed the state of their hearts, requesting that the man who was without sin throw the first stone. One by one, the scribes and Pharisees examined their hearts and walked away, realizing that they, too, were sinners. The scribes and Pharisees looked on the adultress as a homewrecker, a harlot, a scourge. Jesus looked on her with love. Instead of extending corporal punishment, He extended mercy and forgiveness.
The adultress was a sinner. The scribes and Pharisees were sinners. I am a sinner. Even you, whether you view yourself as unredeemable or the best person you know, are a sinner. Romans 3:23 tells us that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." We desperately need a savior. Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord." God has provided us with the means to escape our impending condemnation, because He loves us and desires that none of us should perish (2 Peter 3:9).
So how did He provide for our redemption? We learn in 1 Corinthians 15:3-5 "that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen...." Jesus Christ, the Son of God, suffered and died in our place, bearing the punishment for our sins. He was holy and without sin, the ultimate substitutionary sacrifice. And because of His perfect righteousness, He conquered sin and death and rose again from the grave.
Do you feel an emptiness in your life, like there must be more? Do you long for freedom from the bondage of sin and death? If you have broken any one of God's laws, there is mercy for you. If you have struggled with patterns of sin in your life, there is redemption for you. If you have committed such horrible transgressions that you cannot even face yourself in the mirror, there is forgiveness for you. The Lord wants to draw you close to Him. Surrender your life to Jesus right now, receiving Him as your Lord, and He will deliver you from your bondage. Because "...if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed" (John 8:36).
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