The Hope Of All The World

"For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish,
but have eternal life." John 3:16

This passage speaks to us about God's love, man�s predicament, and God�s solution. Let's take a brief look at these topics and corresponding passages that emphasize them.

God's Love

God loves all people from every background.1 He created us for His glory and enjoyment.2 His love is boundless in quality yet adheres to principles of integrity, grace and truth.3 In His love for people, He created a great place for us to live—planet Earth. We are uniquely made in God's image with the responsibility to populate, rule, and be God's representative over all the Earth.4 Man is designed to have a personal, fulfilling relationship with God. Our responses in this relationship are love, obedience, and worship of the Creator and One True God.5

Man�s Predicament

So what happened? Why didn�t we maintain our relationship with God? The first man, Adam, was created in innocence. However, he willingly ate the God-forbidden fruit that his wife, Eve, gave him after she had eaten it.6 The devil deceived her into thinking that the fruit would increase her wisdom and perhaps make her more like God.7

Adam and Eve's eyes were immediately opened to a state of being that brought fear, shame, guilt, and separation from God.8 That fallen state has made all of us subject to the power and influence of the devil, who tries to distract us from obeying God's Word and developing a personal relationship with Him.9 Adam�s willful transgression and sin have permeated the entire human race, resulting in spiritual and physical death.10 Planet Earth suffers as well.

All people struggle daily with improper thoughts, words, and deeds, and suffer with one or any combination of fear, shame, anger, depression, sorrow, unforgiveness, greed, jealousy, sadness, sickness, guilt, and pain— to mention just a few. We also battle inside with good and evil, right and wrong. This is far short of the glorious beginning mankind had with God.11 How can anyone stop this conflict?12 How can we find a way out from this predicament?

God�s Solution

No one can escape the sin dilemma by himself.

The Good News for all people is that God had a plan to deal with man's fallen state and to reconcile us to Himself. He initiated this plan right after man's fall;13 many biblical prophets wrote about it long before it ever happened.14 God's plan was to send His anointed, holy Son as a human to dwell among men. He humbled himself to come in our likeness.15 He was full of grace and truth, and through Him God�s love is revealed and realized.16 This love is expressed in granting forgiveness, transformation, and acceptance to anyone who believes in God's only begotten Son.

Who is this loving Son? His name is Jesus, which means, "God is Salvation." Jesus came to seek and save all of us—because we are all spiritually lost and separated from God.17 He came to deliver people from the influence of the devil and spiritual darkness. He came to be a Good Shepherd to people who are roaming around this world like lost sheep in need of care. 18 He came to satisfy God's rightful wrath against sinful man.

We are all guilty of sin and deserve separation from a holy God. However, Jesus humbly and willingly died as our substitute, in our place, on the cross at Calvary.19 He provides a powerful demonstration of God's love.20 As a sinless man, He shed His pure blood on a cross, which satisfied God's justice and established a new and everlasting covenant, or agreement, for the forgiveness of our sins.21 By the power of the Holy Spirit, God raised Jesus from the dead and declared Him to be His Son. This resurrection confirms that Jesus' sacrifice satisfied God's justice. It provides hope to us as God's children, promising that we, too, will be raised from the dead, just like our Savior.

Today, Jesus is alive and well, able to save you from your sins and lead you into a loving relationship with the One True God for all eternity. Jesus came to share His Heavenly Father with us, providing the only way for people to be adopted into the family of God, to become His children.22 He gives life abundantly and will hold onto you forever. Nothing will ever separate you from His love. That is good news!

Our Response

The Bible states that one day Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, will return for His people and kingdom.23 Are you one of His deeply loved children? You can be. Come to Him like a child, not prideful but humble, not self-sufficient but dependent upon Him. Come honest about yourself, your sin, your need for a Savior and Lord. If you want to believe, tell God so. Your prayer is not a formula, but a heartfelt conversation with your Creator and Heavenly Father. He desires that you seek Him for the forgiveness of your sins. Acknowledge to Him that you believe that Jesus Christ, His Son, died on the cross for your sin. Also tell Jesus Christ that you receive Him as your Savior and surrender to Him as your Lord.24 Ask Jesus to help you live for Him for the rest of your life. Thank Him for saving you!

If you just accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, a celebration in heaven is taking place because of you!25 Welcome to the family of God!

The Bible says,

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation." 2 Corinthians 5:17-18

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Notes :: Scripture

1 "Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands." Deuteronomy 7:9
2 "Everyone who is called by My name; for I have created him for My glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him." Isaiah 43:7
3 "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height, and to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:17-19
4 "Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.' God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth." Genesis 1:26-28
5 "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." John 14:15
6 "The woman said to the serpent, 'From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die." Genesis 3:2-3
7 "The serpent said to the woman, 'You surely will not die! "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.' When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate." Genesis 3:4-6
8 "He said, 'I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.' And He said, 'Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?� The man said, 'The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate." Genesis 3:10-12
9 "Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out." John 12:31
10 "And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression." 1 Timothy 2:14
"When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam�s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned." Romans 5:12
"For the wages of sin is death..." Romans 6:23
11 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
12 "For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?" Romans 7:19-24
13 "So the LORD God said to the serpent, 'Because you have done this, ...And I will 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 3:14-15
14 "And He said to them, 'O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?' Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures." Luke 24:25-27
15 "Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men." Philippians 2:5-7
16 "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14
17 "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10
18 "Therefore, I will deliver My flock, and they will no longer be a prey; and I will judge between one sheep and another. Then I will set over them one shepherd, My servant David, and he will feed them; he will feed them himself and be their shepherd." Ezekiel 34:22-23
19 "Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand." Isaiah 53:10
"Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name." Philippians 2:8
20 "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
21 "Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:14-16
"For this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins." Matthew 26:28
22 "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me."John 14:6
"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God" John 1:12-13
23 "These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful." Revelation 17:14
"For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever." 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
24 "That 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." Romans 10:9
25 "I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent." Luke 15:7