150,000 people pass away each day. Some by starvation, others murder, many old age, but all die because of one universal problem that underlies all immediate causes.
“as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;” Romans 3:10
Righteousness means right standing with God. None of us can claim, by ourselves, to have that.
God says “your iniquities [sins] have made a separation between you and your God” (Isaiah 59:2). This means that to us, knowing God feels more distant and hard. Yet God has done something to make himself known to us, that we will discuss soon.
The strongest implication of this separation is death. You see, God gave us life. And since we are separated from Him, we are separated from our source of life. Since we are separated from God, our life-giver, we are going to die. This is exactly why we all die.
Separation caused by sin
This separation is caused by something called sin.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23
Sin is disobeying the law of God (1 John 3:4). We’ve all done it: whether a little white lie, an intentional sexual look at someone we aren’t married to, hatred in our heart, which God rightly sees as murder.
We’ve all sinned, each one of us, this has separated us from God, who gave us life.
Sin causes death, but Jesus gives life
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Wages implies a just outcome, free gift indicated generosity that is undeserved.
Since God gave us life, we have a responsibility to do with our lives what God made them for. Since we have all acted in self-interest and for our own pleasure instead of God’s purpose, our life has become an outstanding debt to God. We didn’t keep our end of the exchange. This debt has to be paid.
To pay our debt, Jesus “tasted death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9). He had eternal (infinite) life. Someone eternal had to take our justly deserved death to give us unlimited life. Jesus did that; he was the only one who could. Since God’s eternal life is unbreakable, Jesus was able to take up His life again: we call this the resurrection. We will all die, but if we die as Christ’s, then we’ll rise with Him and live Him eternally.
Since “in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them”, Jesus Christ is our ‘Mediator’ (1 Corinthians 5:19; Hebrews9:15). You can be reconciled to God! Receive life unbreakable from Christ!
Jesus died for our sins as a act of divine love
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
The greatest demonstration of love by a person is to die for another. Usually people who die for a cause or another person has judged them worthy of such a sacrifice. But in our case, Jesus died for us when we were still sinners and He was the perfect Son of God. This is the level of love God has for us, that “Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.” (1 Peter 3:18).
Furthermore, since our sins made us enemies of God, Jesus died for us while we were His enemies to reconcile us to God! He loved us while we were his enemies, to make us his friends.
How to get this free gift
“because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
Confessing Jesus as Lord means we identify as His, even if it costs us everything else. He is worth it!
Believing God raised Him from the dead, indicates that you trust everything Jesus did for you, from dying for you all the way up to rising again. You trust that you can live in Jesus.
Don’t trust in the deceitful promises of this life, of sin, and instead trust in the faithful promises of God. Let go of the sin that weighs you down to death and get a hold of Jesus who pulls you up into life.
“everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”” Romans 10:13
That means everyone, not just some or a few, but everyone. That means if you personally call on the name of the Lord, you will be saved.