God saves man.
When Adam and Eve broke their covenant with God and were expelled from the Eden.
God and His angels felt disappointed about their disobedience. Satan had damaged the world that had been beautiful and perfect at creation. As a result, all creatures lost their initial happiness. God's word is the eternal principle that maintains the order and happiness of the universe.
Adam and Eve could only die because they violated the principle of heaven and sinned. But even though Adam and Eve had sinned, God loved them as much as he always had. If God overlooked their sin, however, the order of heaven would be destroyed. So, God decided to make Jesus, the Son of God, receive their punishment and die on their behalf It was the most difficult decision God had ever had to make.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life"(John 3:16).
But it did not end there. God cursed the serpent that had tempted Adam and Eve.
"And I'll put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel"(Genesis 3:15).
These words include the prophecy of the great controversy between God and Satan that Christ will eventually win.
Both Law and Love are needed.
In order to restore his nation that had descended into chaos, Zarokak, the King of Rocrians, proclaimed very strict law; if one violated the laws, his eyes would be pulled out. For a while the law was kept very well and the people lived peacefully. But one day, the first criminal committed a crime, and sorrowfully he was the prince, son of the king.
At last the Day of Judgment came. Many people went to see whether the King would pull out the prince's eyes or not. Following the King's order, the executioner pulled out the prince's left eye.
When the executioner was going to pull out his right eye, the King shouted; “Stop. Here is a substitute for his right eye!”
The King pulled out his eye on behalf of the Prince. The King had pulled out his eye not only to protect the law but also to show a father's love for his son.
God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to the world in order to save mankind from their sins. Jesus Christ died on the cross to save all sinners and atone for their sins.
God forgave us.
Since God told the promise of salvation to Adam, many years had passed. But His promise had not changed. Jesus died on the cross, so His promise was accomplished. The sin of Adam was pardoned by Jesus' death. We can be also saved if we believe in Jesus' sacrifice.
We are destined for death because of Adam's sin. But we have hope of living again because of Jesus' death. Everyone can be pardoned thanks to Jesus' love on the cross.
"Through your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool"(Isaiah 1:18).
God says in the Bible that no matter how unclean and evil our sins are, He will make them as white and clear as snow. Even today Satan continues to make people distrust God's promise, but he cannot undermine the love shown on the cross for us. The cross unites us with God.
God has been waiting for a long time because He is “...not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance”(2 Peter 3:9).
God hopes that all of us are saved without exception because He loves everyone in the world as much as he loved Adam and Eve and now He is preparing our mansions in heaven.
We are saved by our faith.
"I am going there to prepare a place for you"(John 14:2).
God the Father and Jesus will feel great joy if we can all go to live with them in heaven.
One day Jesus passed a village of Galilee with His disciples. In that village they heard the news that Jesus was passing by. A woman came to Jesus with the hope that he could heal her disease.
She had heard the good news about Jesus several times. But she could get close to Jesus because there were too many people.
If I could touch the fringe of Jesus' garment, she thought, my disease would be healed. She was cheered as soon as she felt that hope. So she came near to Jesus with all her strength and touched the fringe of Jesus' garment. She realized that her disease was healed immediately. At that moment, Jesus stopped and looked back.
“Who was it that touched me?”
“Master, the multitudes surround you and press upon you."
Peter pointed to them and said. But Jesus was looking for a specific person.
“Someone touched me; for I know power has gone forth from me."
The woman realized that she could not hide so she came in front of Him and told the truth.
Then Jesus said to her gently, "...Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace"(Luke 8:45-48).
Boys and girls!
Other sick individuals also touched Jesus and his garments, but why was the woman the only one healed?
It was because she believed undoubtedly that Jesus was the Savior and He had the power to heal her disease if she touched only the fringe of His garment.
We can be pardoned like this woman when we trust that Jesus forgives our sins.
We must confess our sins.
God forgives us freely if we ask Him sincerely.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”(1 John 1:9)
But all the things cannot be done only by words. Sometimes we must recompense properly when we commit a fault to others. If we steal other's things, we must return it or pay back. If we give trouble to other person, we must go and beg his pardon immediately and pray to Jesus too.
A maxim about the Bible
♥ God's word, the Bible is filled with jewels of the precious truth.
♥ The Bible is the most valuable gift that God has given to man.
♥ The Bible is the guide to lead us to high and holy.
In your prayer, ask Jesus to help you.
Jesus taught that we could ask for God’s help through prayer when we are in difficult situations. Prayer is like a cellular phone that Christians have in their hands.
Please tell God your wishes in prayer, as you would ask someone to help by telephone when you are in difficulty. But you shouldn't ask for your selfish desires. God says that He doesn't listen to such prayers.
Jesus taught us a special prayer that all of us can pray.
“Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”(Matthew 6:9-13).
Bible shows us the way to salvation.
Our fathers or teachers tell us to live right. We know that God leads us to salvation. The Bible shows the safest way to salvation. Let's read the Bible often lest we should lose our way.
"How from infancy you have known the holy Scripture, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus"(2 Timothy 3:15).
Let's meet Jesus.
We know that we are changed greatly according to whom we meet and associate with. First, we can live happily when we are born to good parents even though we cannot choose them.
But we can choose our friends who affect us greatly. Our choice of friends is very important when we are young. If we meet good friends, we can become good men easily. But if we make friends with lazy and bad people, we can get on the wrong path and they can ruin our lives.
The one who meets a good teacher can become a good person more easily than one who doesn’t have that opportunity. Helen Keller would not have become such a great woman if she had not met the good teacher, Anne Sullivan.
Jesus is like the good parents, a good teacher and a good friend we cannot find anywhere else.
So how can we meet Jesus? From next chapter, we will study Jesus' life. We will learn about His life, His teachings and His works so we can really know who Jesus is. Let's study earnestly and so we can meet Him.