Revisiting the saving message of Jesus Christ

Today’s devotional is from Ron Hutchcraft Ministries’ daily A Word With You series. In it, Ron challenges us—even those of us who have grown up with and lived in Christian communities for years—to rethink the simple message of the Gospel:

From the first sin in the Garden of Eden to the lie you told or the person you hurt today, God has minced no words telling us the penalty, “You will surely die” (Genesis 2:17). And the devil’s lie to Adam and Eve went like this: “You will not surely die” (Genesis 3:4). He’s been trying to get people to believe that lie ever since. He wants you to think that somehow you can escape the death penalty for your sin when God said that penalty is irrevocable.

But in His love, He set in motion a way that the death penalty you and I deserve (the Bible calls that hell) could be paid without us being away from Him forever. A blood sacrifice – someone with no sin of His own to pay for, dying in your place. And there’s only one someone who meets that qualification. That is the Son of God. He came, as the Bible says, “to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9:26). Is it any wonder God says then, “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22).

You can’t get rid of your sin by earning it, by doing good things. You can’t inherit God’s forgiveness from a Christian family or pick it up by osmosis from just being around Christian things your whole life. Your only hope of getting clean, of getting to heaven, is the cleansing power of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Not Christianity. Jesus. The question is, have you ever thrown yourself on His mercy and said, “Jesus, only by the blood You shed for me can I be clean before God. Please, Lord, this day, carry away the garbage of my life in Your precious blood.” And He will do it if you ask.

And why wouldn’t you? Why would you risk one more day carrying in your soul the guilt of your sin and its awful death penalty? Why, when Jesus carried it for you on the cross so you would never have to carry it again! If you’re ready to be forgiven, if you’re ready to be clean through what Jesus has done for you, tell Him that today, “Jesus, I’m Yours.”

Read the full devotional at Ron Hutchcraft Ministries. If you like Ron’s message and style, there’s a lot of great content to browse through at his site, including the A Word With You archives, many articles about difficult life issues, and more.

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