All existence and life begins (and ends) with a person: an amazing, living, loving, powerful, perfect, and good God who is – in His being and essence – true, beautiful, strong, infinitely wise, and compassionate. He is everything our hearts long for, the only one who can genuinely satisfy the deepest longings of our heart and souls.
And God diligently and actively pursues to have a relationship with you (unlike any other religion or worldview); from His loving heart He longs for you to taste and to know His goodness, His healing, His freedom, and His love. He wants you to have abundant life (John 10:10).
But there is problem, a BIG problem. We each are messed up. We all have something inside of us, something branded upon our nature, which leads us away from God. We turn to other things, and other people, to satisfy the longings of our heart (Romans 3:10-11).
There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God...Romans 3:10-11
Because of this propensity to turn away from God, we are eternally separated from Him and condemned to death (Rom. 6:23). Our sinful nature keeps us from being able to have a relationship with God, and we are ultimately hopeless and powerless (Ephesians 2:12; Romans 5:6) to save ourselves.
But God loves you so much that He came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 14) and lived a sinless life that ultimately let to a humiliating, unjustified death upon a Roman cross.
His death, however, was not the end of the story. Three days later, Jesus rose from the grave, alive and victorious over death. In His death, Jesus took on our sin and suffered the due penalty for our sinfulness. In His resurrection, He overcame death and the grave. This is the good news - the salvation - of Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:6, 8).
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly…But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:6, 8
The amazing thing is that this salvation, this restoration to fellowship with God, is completely and utterly free. You cannot earn it or buy it. It is only by God’s grace that you are saved, through faith (Eph. 2:8-9). God intended it this way so that we cannot boast in anything, except in the cross of Jesus Christ (Gal. 6:14).
We receive this gracious gift of salvation by believing in Jesus and surrendering our lives to Him (1 John 1:9; Romans 10:9).
If we confess our sins, Jesus is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.