Q: Why did Jesus come into the world, since he knew he was going to be put to death? We went to an Easter sunrise service this year, and all the talk about the cross and the empty tomb made me curious about this. — L.N.
A: Jesus Christ came into the world for one reason: to make it possible for us to be forgiven of our sins and go to heaven when we die. Jesus said, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
You see, God created us, and he meant for us to live in his presence forever. But something changed that plan, and that “something” is what the Bible calls sin. God is perfect and holy, but we have rebelled against him, and we no longer have the right to be with him in heaven. No matter how good we are, we’ll never be good enough to go to heaven on our own.
But God loves us, and because he loves us, he has provided a way for our sins to be forgiven and cleansed. That way is Jesus Christ. He was without sin (for he was God in human form), but on the cross all our sins were placed on him, and he took the judgment that we deserve. Now he offers us salvation as a free gift — free, because he has already paid the price.
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How do we know this is true? We know it because Jesus Christ not only died for us, but he rose again from the dead by the power of God. Don’t turn away from Jesus, but put your faith and trust in him today. The Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
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