Of course we want to be good.
We want to do good deeds.
Say good words.
Have others view us as good people.
While all of that is well and good—God says it’s not quite enough when it comes to salvation.
After all, if being on our best behavior was all that was required, then why did Jesus go to all that trouble?
Of putting up with living within the constraints of human form.
Being ridiculed, mocked, and tortured.
Abandoned by his closest friends.
Then forced to drag his own cross up a hill just so he could have spikes driven through his extremities and then hung there to die?
Because God loves us.
And He wanted to provide a way for us to have a relationship with Him.
His holiness and our sinful natures couldn’t mix without a sacrifice to cover us.
That’s why Jesus went to all that trouble.
So we could be forgiven.
So we could receive God’s mercy and grace.
So we can rest assured that our Risen Savior is looking forward to welcoming us with open arms into eternal Paradise with Him.
Romans 8:1 (NASB)
John 3:16-17 (NIV)
Matthew 7:1-5 (NIV)
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