God loves you and me so much. He gave up his only Son, in order to save us from condemnation. Jesus Christ took our punishment and gives all who come to him life, leading to eternal life. This gift of salvation is free to all who come to him. Jesus Christ took away what was separating us from God; sin and death. Now those who come to him are forgiven and justified, free from the guilt and power of sin. They receive his Holy Spirit and they start a new life as beloved sons and daughters with God their Father leading them in their journey toward Heaven. You can see in the picture, the person coming to Jesus Christ, his dirty rags are replaced by new, clean clothes and he "crosses" from living in the flesh to being led to live according to the Spirit. And so he is a brand new creation in Christ Jesus!
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not
perish but have eternal life. For God did not sent his Son into the world to condemn the world but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:16 & 17
In 1977/78 Robert DeClaire painted this illustration of John 3:16 for the church of bible understanding.They used it to explain the gospel good news to the world. In 1989 they decided not to use it any longer. I used to be part of the church of bible understanding. But because of the "abuse" many experienced, most are no longer associated with this church and neither is Robert Declaire.
We all start our journey by being born into this world, we didn't ask for it, but here we are. Growing up we learn the ways of the world and got entangled in all kinds of things and end up doing things we didn't really want to. But we keep following along, not realizing what is at the end of our journey.
So we were lost in this world, dead in our sins, slaves to our passions and lusts. We were following the ruler of this world and so we were by nature nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind. This is the condition of all born into this world......
No hope and without God
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” John 3:21
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For EVERYONE who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Gospel Good News for all!
Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation
Turn to me and be saved...
Life in this world
Come to Jesus Christ!
For he came into the world to save sinners, to give life to those who had none and to give eternal life to all who come to him freely!
But God who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us....
God came to us by sending his only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. There is hope! No one has to perish - no one has to end up in Hell. We do not have to remain dead in our sins without hope, slave to our passions blindly following the world. No we don't have to! This man turned aside from following the rest of the world and turned to Jesus Christ. Look at his clothes- from dirty rags to washed clean! There is Hope!