Where we're at
So, just to be clear, our sins (our crimes against God) have separated us from Him. In that state, He does not listen to us.
Isaiah 59:2 says, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” In God’s book we are dead since God said our sins require the death penalty (Romans 6:23). But, he made a way back for us through Jesus. While God is offering grace (a get-out-of-death free card), it doesn’t come without a price. Jesus didn’t come to say we didn’t have to pay for our sins. He came to pay it for us. He paid with His blood when He died on the cross in our place. In YOUR place.
Remember when Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…?” the rest of that verse continues, “no one comes to the Father except through me.” He’s making sure we understand that there is just one way to heaven, one way to be restored to a relationship with God. It’s Him. Only Him.
1 Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” And 1 Peter 3:18 says, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” What Jesus did was to bring you to God.
Please read that last sentence again.
Why did Jesus die for you? TO BRING YOU TO GOD.
To restore you SO THAT you can stand in God’s presence. SO THAT you could come to God, YOUR FATHER, and talk to Him. SO THAT God would listen. SO THAT you, yes YOU, could have a fresh start and do life from here on out with GOD.
Jesus DIED for us, to save us from missing out on that.
The really, really great news is that Jesus didn’t stay dead. Jesus proved He was the authority over death when He rose from the dead. The Bible tells us Jesus fixed what Adam (man) had broken, “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” - 1 Corinthians 15:22.
In fact, our eternity starts right away. In John 5:24 Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life” - NLT.