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.”
Not only is Jesus alive right now in heaven, He’s promised that He’ll come back to us. When He does return, it will be to bring all of His followers to be part of heaven. He even said there will be new earth (Revelation 21:1)!
It’s important that we know that Jesus is coming back for a couple of reasons. First, because it gives us a great hope. If we know that Jesus is returning we know that everything will work out for us in the end. Second, knowing that He’s coming back helps us to realize that we need to always be prepared for His return. We shouldn’t just get ready for Him later, we should do it now.
The Bible talks a lot about what will happen when Jesus returns in the book of Revelation. Since it’s kind of hard to understand, ask an adult to explain to you what some of those things are. It’s really exciting!
Keep working on Acts 4:12. Do you have it memorized yet? “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.”
It can be sad to think about how Jesus had to die because we’ve disobeyed God, but we shouldn’t stay sad because Jesus didn’t stay dead. He’s alive! When we celebrate on Easter, we’re celebrating that Jesus came back to life by the power of God and later He went back into heaven.
After He came back to life, Jesus went to visit all of His friends, the disciples, to show them that He was alive. Some of them believed Him right away, but others wanted to see proof that He was really Jesus. He showed them on His hands where the nails had gone through to hold Him onto the cross. He even ate with them to show that He was real. Before Jesus went back up to heaven, He had a message for His disciples and for me and you.
He said that He would always be with us, even though He left to go back to heaven. Do you know how it is that Jesus is always with us? Read John 16:7 to see how Jesus promised a Helper, the Holy Spirit, to all who trust in Him. While Jesus sits in heaven with God, allowing us to be able to pray (Ephesians 2:18), the Holy Spirit is in us, helping us to pray, to obey God, to understand the Bible, and even helping us to worship God.
Jesus is very much alive! Read John 21:1-14 to see some things Jesus did after He was raised from the dead.
Keep studying and memorizing Acts 4:12: “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.”
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.”
Sometime when people hear that Jesus is God, they think, “But I thought Jesus was the SON of God!” It is true that Jesus is the Son of God, but it’s not a son like parents have here on earth. Jesus wasn’t born, He has always been, even before the beginning of time. The Bible says He was in the beginning with God and He was God (John 1:1).
So how can He be both the Son of God and God himself? Well, there’s a really hard to explain part of who God is, called the Trinity. God is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They’re all God, but it doesn’t mean that there are three Gods. See what I mean by hard to explain? For now, all you need to understand is that Jesus is no less than God the Father, who is usually who we think of when we say “God.”
There are lots of places in the Bible that talk about Jesus being God and even Jesus said that He is God. Look at Colossians 1:16 and 1:19 to see how it was Jesus that was used in creating the world and that He is God in a body. Now look back at the story of creation in Genesis 1:1 and think about it knowing that Jesus was creating.
Keep practicing memorization of John 1:1 today: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
You’ve probably heard some stories about Jesus. You know the things He did like heal sick people, make the blind see again, and even die on the cross. But do you really understand who Jesus is? He wasn’t just a man who lived on the earth for a while. He was much more than that!
Over the next few days, we’ll look at some things that help us to better understand Jesus, starting with the fact that Jesus is God. There are way too many things about Jesus to talk about in only one week, but we’ll focus on some of the most important ones and then at the end there will be a list for you to look at to discover even more.
Jesus is the most important person who ever lived and what you know about who He is is the most important thing about your life. Did you know that Jesus is that big a deal? What you think about Jesus really is the thing that determines your future more than anything else.
Read about when Jesus was born as a baby in Luke 2:1-7. What’s special about the way Jesus was born?
How are you doing at memorizing Bible verses? Today, take a look at John 1:1 and start trying to memorize it: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”