Thursday, March 20, 2008

What does a Christian look like, Part 2

Have you been thinking about what it means to be a Christian?
I have.

The Bible is the Word of God, and I think if you want to know what it means to be a Christian you have to start with what God says about it.

The Bible says that none of us live up to the standard that God has set. None of us are good enough, so it seems that it doesn’t matter if we are not really bad. The fact is we just are not perfect and God requires perfection. And we are not judged on our heritage either. Or how much we go to church. Or which country we are from. We are judged strictly on what we have done or not done.

Oh, but wait. Remember in Sunday School, hearing about Jesus dying for our sins, and accepting Him into your heart? Do you understand what that means?

Here’s the deal. God is really sad that we are all bad; He really wants us to be with Him, because He created us and He loves us. Jesus is God’s Son, born as a man. He lived a perfectly good life, never did anything bad. He was judged in our place and found guilty, and He took our punishment for us. At the same time, He gave His own perfect goodness to us, so we are found perfect. Good trade for us! Jesus died and went to hell, we will go to heaven. But because He was God, He was able to get out of hell and come back. That’s what Easter is all about; Jesus was killed but on Easter morning He came back to life.

So, does that mean we all go to heaven? What’s the deal with “accepting Jesus”? Did you “walk down the aisle” of a church years ago? Is that all it takes? Keep thinking about it, and we’ll pick up the discussion again tomorrow.
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