One of my favorite verses in the Bible is John 3:16. I was very young when I first remember hearing it. It was the first verse I ever committed to memory. It says,
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
I like verse 17 also. It says :
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world; but so the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:17)
That was the second verse I ever memorized. Both of these verses are very important. They tell the story of an all-powerful God who loves us so much that he was willing to sacrifice his only son, so he could be with us forever. He desires to be with us and spend time with us, just like he did with Adam and Eve before they sinned. Jesus gave his life on the cross, so we could be free from the power of sin. But freedom is never free. A sacrifice has to be made by someone to secure that freedom.
One time, as I was going door to door offering Bible studies, a lady asked me how much I was charging for them. When I told her they were free, she said, “NOTHING IS FREE.”
After thinking about it for a while, I came to the conclusion that she was right. Nothing is free. Someone, somewhere, at some time has to pay something for whatever is being offered for free.
Somebody sacrificed their time to write those study guides. Somebody sacrificed the money it took to print them, but they were offered to this lady, at no cost.
The Salvation that God offers us cost him everything, but he offers it to us free of charge. All we have to do is accept it.
Over 2000 years ago, Jesus was crucified on a cross, to pay the penalty for our sins. The penalty for sin is death.
Romans 6:23 says: “the wages of sin is death;”
That’s what we’ve earned. It’s what we deserve, but Jesus loves us so much that he died in our place. He took the punishment we deserve and offers us eternal life instead. The second part of Romans 6:23 says, “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
He offers that gift to every person on earth, free of charge. No matter what condition you are in, no matter how bad you have sinned, no matter what you have ever done, it is offered to you free of charge. You don’t have to wait until you get your life straightened out or until you become a better person or get back in church. You can come to Jesus just as you are.
2 Corinthians 6:2 says, “NOW is the accepted time; NOW is the day of salvation.”
Don’t wait. Life is short, and we are not promised tomorrow. The sacrifice has been made. Come to Jesus today, accept his free gift and be saved so you don’t have to suffer the penalty for your sins.
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