15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. (1 Timothy 1:15)
What is sin?
The term “sin” means “missing the mark”. The “mark” was set in place by God and that “mark” is perfection. That means “sin” is anytime we are not perfect.
What does it matter if I am perfect or not?
It matters because God DEMANDS that you are perfect every second of every day from the moment you are born until the moment you leave this world. So are you perfect? I’m guessing the answer to that question is the same answer as everybody in the world, “NO!” Well then that means that we are sinners. O.K. so what does that mean? According to God it means that we deserve to go to hell.
Wow! So then, what is the point of going to church, reaching out to the lost, helping the needy, being kind to others, and everything else the Bible says, if we can’t go to heaven anyways? We find our answer in the passage above.
We are saved. God demands perfection and a just God can’t let sin go unpunished. However, our God also loves and that means he didn’t want us to suffer. So, he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to live a perfect life in our place. He then was punished for our sins by not only dying, but also, suffering hell for you and me.
The punishment that we deserved because we couldn’t obey our God the way he demanded was placed upon himself so we could be with him in heaven forever.
What is left for us to do? Absolutely nothing!
Jesus did all the work and now to show our appreciation for what he has done we do what he loves: going to church, reaching out to the lost, helping the needy, being kind to others, and so much more.
Happy to have a Savior that was perfect for me, just like you!
Pastor Jacob Hanneman