Even though we’ve all been created in the image of God, just like Adam and Eve, this has been ruined some by sin. When Adam and Eve chose to sin, they made their perfect relationship with God not-so-perfect anymore. Now, every person that’s come ever since them has needed God’s forgiveness of their sin (through Jesus) just to have a relationship with Him.
You may not think you’ve done anything bad enough to need God’s forgiveness, but the Bible is clear that all of us have sinned and don’t meet up to God’s requirement of perfection (Romans 3:23). It’s also pretty clear that we can be forgiven if we ask (1 John 1:9). We just have to confess (admit that we’ve done wrong) and ask for His forgiveness, and He’ll give it! All followers of Jesus Christ can be forgiven.
What have you done today that you know is wrong? Think about some things and talk to God. Admit to Him that you’ve done those things and even some others you might not realize and ask for His forgiveness.
Today’s memory verse is 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
By now you know what the price to be paid for sin is: death. You also know that because Jesus lived a life without sin, He was able to take your place and pay the price for you. When He died on the cross, He took your punishment. But did you know He also gave you a gift?
In the same verse that tells us the “wages of sin is death,” we learn that “the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) We not only don’t have to face our punishment, we get to spend forever with God because of Jesus. The forgiveness that He buys from God makes it so that we can be adopted into God’s family.
We don’t do anything to deserve or earn this. It’s all a free gift from God that Jesus made sure we could get. Doesn’t that just show you how much God loves you? If you put your trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins and repent (that means to turn away from your sins), He’ll forgive you and bring you into His family.
Let’s memorize Ephesians 2:8 the rest of this week. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God”
Because of our sin, we were separated from God, unable to be His friend. We had a price to pay for being sinful and the price was death (Romans 6:23). The only way that we could get out of owing that payment for sin was if someone else died in our place. But not just anyone could do it. No, it had to be the perfect sacrifice. It had to be someone who actually had never sinned. So God made Jesus, who knew no sin, become sin in our place (2 Corinthians 5:21) so that we could be right with Him.
When Jesus died on the cross, He took on all of the sin of the world. Everything we’ve ever done wrong was paid for in that act. But, did you know that Jesus did more than just die for our sin? In order to be right with God, a person has to be righteous (that means we’d have to be perfect). Since we can’t be perfect, even after Jesus took all of our sins (We would just commit more sins), He gave us HIS righteousness. He took our bad and gave us His good.
Now, if we trust in Jesus to forgive our sins, we become children of God! We get to be part of God’s family! There’s more on that in tomorrow’s devotion.
Do you have 1 Corinthians 15:22 memorized yet? “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”
One of the most important things you could ever know in your life is who Jesus is. I’m sure you probably have heard in church or from someone else that Jesus died on the cross, but do you know why? Do you know what His dying on the cross did for you? If you do know, that’s awesome! If you don’t, you need to know.
First you need to know why Jesus had to die. You see, we’re all sinners, that means we disobey God. He wants us to be perfect, just like He is, but none of us can do it. The Bible calls this falling short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). Only someone who’s perfect can be in heaven with God, so none of us can make it… unless…
The good news is that Jesus was perfect, the only perfect person who ever lived, because He is God himself who became a man. Because He was sinless while He lived on earth, He was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. The Bible says in Romans 6:23 that the price that must be paid for our sin is death. But since Jesus chose to die in our place, He paid that price! This is why we call Him our Savior, because He saved us. If it weren’t for Him, we couldn’t be with God.
If we trust in Jesus and ask God to forgive us for all of the times we’ve disobeyed Him, He’ll save us and help us to live for Him. Isn’t that great? You know what’s even better? Jesus didn’t stay dead. He’s alive! We’ll talk more about that tomorrow, though.
Do you have John 1:1 memorized? Let’s work on Acts 4:12 now. This one will take longer to learn: “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Sometimes we all do things that aren’t what God would want us to do. That’s called sin. Have you ever sinned? The bad news is, we’ve all sinned. The Bible even says so in Romans 3:23. Sometimes we don’t tell the truth, or maybe we disobey something we were told to do, whatever the sin is, we all do it.
So how can God still love us if we disobey Him? The Bible says that He wants us to be perfect (Leviticus 20:26), but we can’t be because of our sin. We’re unable to please Him if we can’t be totally sinless and we just can’t do that. But there’s good news!
God loves you. In fact, He loves all of His creation. In John 3:16, He says that He sent His Son, Jesus, to take our punishment for the bad things we’ve done. He did that because He loves us. Do you love people that treat you badly? It’s hard isn’t it? We don’t like to keep caring for people who don’t care for us, but God loves each of us even though we treat Him badly by sinning.
If you understand this one thing, you’ll know a lot about God. When He sent Jesus, it wasn’t only to pay for your sins. Jesus also gave you His perfection if you believe in Him. Remember, you need to be perfect in order to please God, but you can’t do it on your own. Jesus is perfect for you! That means if you believe in Him, you can be God’s friend! The Bible even says that means God adopts you as His own child (John 1:12)!
Read Psalm 118:1-4. How long does God’s love last?
Let’s review Genesis 1:1 one more time. Do you have it memorized yet? “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”