Jesus came to give us new life—full, overflowing, abundant life (John 10:10). This is so appealing. Isn’t this what you want—new life? So here’s the question: What is this new life? And how do we experience it? First, we need to understand what the Bible says about God.
God is our Creator, and he is good. He gave us a beautiful world to enjoy and He wants what is best for us.
He created us human beings in his image. He made us his representatives to rule over the world in his place. He told us to care for his beautiful world and for each other.
This is why the Bible says, Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things,and by your will they existed and were created. (Revelation 4:11)
This sounds wonderful—people living in perfect harmony under God in this world. But is that the way things are today?
The Bible calls this disobedience, “sin.” It’s a virus that infects us all. This is why the Bible says, All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) If you think about it, it’s really true. None of us live up to our own standards, much less to God’s.
Our rebellion ruins everything. Our sin makes a mess of our lives, a mess of our families, and a mess of the world. Instead of obeying God, we all walk around like little gods, looking out for ourselves. We don’t care for this world and each other the way God intended.
God gives us exactly what we ask for. We say to him, “Go away. I don’t want you telling me what to do.” God does send us away—he banishes sinners from his presence.
This is terrible! God is life and love and light. The psalmist says, In your presence is fullness of joy. (Psalm 16:10) To be cut off from God means death and darkness, sadness and loneliness. God banishes sinners to everlasting death and hell.
Is there any hope?
God is good. He didn’t leave us to suffer the consequences like we deserve. He loves us—and he gives us hope.
And we killed him.
Why did Jesus allow himself to be killed? We don’t have to guess because he told his disciples that he came to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)
Jesus died as a substitute for sinners. We deserved to die, and he died in our place. He took the punishment we deserved for our sin so that we could be reunited with God.
This is why the Bible says, Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God. (1 Peter 3:18)
- Since God raised him, Jesus’ resurrection shows that God approved his obedient life and accepted his sacrifice as a payment for sins.
- Jesus resurrection also means that death is not the end—there can be life beyond the grave.
- Jesus’ resurrection means that God appointed him to be the ruler of the world. He will come again to judge every man and woman.
You can have a fresh start and be reunited with God. The Spirit of God will come to live inside you to give you new life like he raised Jesus to life. God’s Spirit will give you the joy and peace of God’s presence wherever you go.
This is why the Bible says, According to God’s great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)
You can’t earn new life, but you can receive it as a gift because Jesus died and rose again.
You can go on living for yourself. You can reject the God who created you and refuse the new life he offers through Jesus. This is death.
You can follow Jesus and be forgiven. He can take away the guilt of your sins and give you new life.
The choice comes down to how you respond to Jesus. The Bible says, Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. (John 3:36)
It’s a simple choice, really, if you are willing to hear the truth about yourself and the truth about God. God is offering you hope through Jesus.
Here is a way you can pray. You don’t have to use these exact words—God is listening to your heart.
I know that I am a sinner. I have ignored you and disobeyed you, and I am truly sorry. I want to be reunited with you.
Thanks you for sending your son Jesus to die for me. Thanks you that he rose again to give me new life.
Please forgive me because of Jesus. Please change me and give me new life through Jesus. I want to follow and obey him for the rest of my life.
Thank you for hearing this prayer. Amen.
Now you need to start living out this new life. How will you do it?
- Pray and ask God to show you how to live—and to give you strength to do what you know is right.
- Read the Bible—this is how God talks to us and teaches us how to live.
- Get together with other Christians at church every week. You need their help—and they need you, too.
- Tell others what God has done in your life.
- Keep going! If you have trusted Jesus, keep believing that you are forgiven and keep following him. You’re in it for the long haul.
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