We try to overcomplicate the message of Christ, and in doing so we turn away those who do not completely understand. We try to tell the story using religious words and tons of different Bible verses and in turn confuse the heck out of people who didn’t grow up around and in the church.
Anyways back to my point. This morning God reminded me of a great and simple truth. Jesus not only died an excruciating death on the cross, but he also carried and took on the weight of every sin anyone has and ever will commit (that I don’t completely understand, but somehow he did it).
Here’s the awesome thing you can’t miss. Jesus took on the weight of sin of every person. That means even those who would reject him. That is crazy right?! He died on the cross so that all would have the choice to follow Him. 2 Corinthians 5:15 says, “He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.” He didn’t just die for a few. He didn’t just die for the good ones. He didn’t just die for the people who have it all together. Jesus died for everyone, and all we have to do is accept him. It’s the simple gospel. It’s John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life”. It’s that simple. All we have to do is believe and receive his amazing and wonderful gift of salvation. Yet, so many people reject it. Why? Well maybe because they don’t want to give up their sinful life. Maybe because all they know about Christianity is that we are a bunch of hypocrites who want people to live by a ton of rules. Maybe it is because all they hear is don’t do this and don’t do that, instead of hearing words like, Jesus died for those things and if you come to Him, He will forgive you of everything and wipe your slate completely clean.
We each have certificate of debt that we have accrued over our lifetime, and there is nothing we can do to pay the debt of our sins. No matter how many good deeds we do we can never repay the debt. BUT when Jesus died he took that certificate of debt and do you know what He did?? He paid it in full!!! He took the punishment we deserved, making us free. There is nothing we have to do in our human effort except to accept God’s great gift and follow after Him. Once we accept his gift He will be with us always to help us on our journey. He promises to give us strength, and peace, and to love us unconditionally. So once we decide to follow God we have assurance that He will help us finish the race until the day when we will be able to see God face to face and spend eternity with Him!
All we have to do is receive God’s wonderful gift and follow after Him. It’s simple, not necessarily easy, but totally worth it.