We all are sinners. If we are honest with ourselves, we know that. And many of us have been taught by meaningful but undisciplined leaders that we must remain sinless to enter Heaven. So, if that is true which is correct? God’s Grace is sufficient or we are condemned to Hell if we don’t make it in this sinful world sinless?
Let’s look at how we can better understand exactly what Grace is and how it might apply to our lives.
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
We first have to believe that Jesus Christs’ sacrifice was meant for us. Try to imagine that you have a son whom you love with all your heart. He is a perfect son, never makes mistakes, loves everyone unconditionally and does what you say, respects you and honors you in every detail of his life.
Now, you are told that He will be crucified because the leaders of the Church say he is a liar, deceiving people, and blasphemist before God.
What would you do to stop this? You know that all you have to do is speak a word and all those trying to kill Jesus would be killed immediately.
But, you know that if you do stop this the entire world you created (every human being living on it) will be lost from your presence forever. How could you make that decision.?
God teaches Love in this one verse.
He could have stopped the crucifixion of His beloved Son. As a matter of fact, Jesus Christ Himself could have stopped the crucifixion. But, God knew this was the plan from the beginning. In order to stop Satan from taking all the souls on earth from the beginning of time into the eternities, there must be a perfect sacrifice. Jesus accepted this calling, showing us all what love looks like. He took this message from His father to teach us all.
Do you see how much does God love us?
This kind of love never ends, it knows no boundaries.
God loves just were we are. He desires us to seek Him out but will never force us to seek Him out.
When Jesus drank from that bitter cup, He fulfilled what the scriptures prophesied. He saved us all. He didn’t put conditions on it other than accepting Him as “Your Savior and Lord”.
Did he say, you must pray every day, you must never miss church, you must do this or that? No He did not. Only surrender to Him as your Lord and Savior. If you will do this all the promises of Heaven will be opened to you.
When you are obedient to God, His love grows in your heart.
You will want to do what is right because you not desire the world. Your only real desire will be that closeness that a personal relationship with the Lord brings.