Why Did Jesus Come?

Most of us know the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We know that He died for our sins.  How?  Why did He have to die for our sins?  That could be a complete study in itself.  All have sinned.  All of us are guilty.  God is just and there is a payment that is needed to cleanse us of our sins.  We must be “clean” to be in His presence.  So God, in His justice and His love, provided a way to pay the penalty.  He provided a sacrifice.  The sacrifice must be pure, must be clean, without blemish.  Only in His Son, is this possible.  He loved us so much that He provided His Son to pay that penalty.  Jesus took the sins of all the world, placed them on His shoulders and gave His life on the cross.  That is what Good Friday is all about. Continue reading “Why Did Jesus Come?”

God’s Grace Frees Us from Sin

Now that you have accepted God’s grace and have received salvation, what next?  As you have become a child of God, the Holy Spirit indwells you.  The Holy Spirit, Who convicts you of sin, guides you and prays for you.  This is where the change in life begins.  Many people nowadays steer away from the subject of sin.  But, sin is real and God hates sin.  Yes, I said it.  God hates sin.  But through Christ, you are freed from a life of sin.  You will still sin, but you will no longer be in bondage to it and that will diminish as you live for Him, stay in God’s word, and continue in prayer.  Your desires will be that of righteousness and the desires of sin will be washed away.  There will be a battle within you, but now you can claim victory over sin.  There is a continual growth throughout the rest of your life (Christians have a fancy word for this called “sanctification”).  This will be a process.  We must put away our old self, for that person has died and begin living a new, vibrant life full of love and joy that one can only obtain through the Holy Spirit (see the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23). Continue reading “God’s Grace Frees Us from Sin”