Let us begin by reviewing some key points in our last lesson. We have learned that sin entered the world because Adam and Eve, the first couple, disobeyed God. As a result, their sinful nature was passed on to all of the human race from generation to generation. Everyone is therefore a sinner. Sin is found in all of us in our hearts.
Now that we have sin in our hearts, we do so many bad things. Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever disobeyed your parents? Did you ever take something that didn’t belong to you? Have you ever been self centred or misbehaved? Have you ever allowed a feeling of hatred towards somebody or insulted anybody? All these and more is what is called Sin. God tells us that we all have sinned even though sometimes we don’t want to admit that our actions are sinful in the eyes of God.
We tend to think that we can cover our sins by doing and being good. We hope that through our best efforts in humanitarian or charitable deeds God will forgive us and allow us into heaven.
This kind of thinking is wrong and misleading. We all have sin no matter how good we are and we must face death as the penalty for our sin.
The good news, however, can be found in the Bible. The good news is that God sent His only Son to take the punishment for our sins. Jesus Christ the Son of God has come to be our Saviour. Listen to what the Bible says,
“The Father has sent the Son as Saviour of the world.” 1 John 4 vs. 14.
The Lord Jesus was born in Bethlehem. He had a biological mother like all children but he had no biological father.
Who then was his father? His father is God! Truly, Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
While growing up, he begun to preach and teach God’s word. At one time while John the Baptist was by the river Jordan, he saw Jesus walking towards him and pointed out,
“Behold! the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1 vs.29.
John called him the “Lamb of God” because Jesus was going to die for the sins of all people on earth. Jesus is the only one who could do that because he had never sinned. He was absolutely holy as the Son of God with a perfect sinless nature. Therefore it was fitting that he should die for our sins.
Now we come to the most painful and the most amazing event to ever take place on earth. It was the time when Jesus suffered for our sins.
Jesus was taken to a Jewish Ruler called Pontius Pilate who commanded his soldiers to beat him. It was so brutal and painful. Some begun to pluck his beard while others spat on his face. Others stood far off cursing and mocking him.
They put a crown of thorns, not gold, on his head. Finally, they took him to a hill called Golgotha or Calvary where they crucified him.
His hands and feet were nailed to the cross. Two criminals were also crucified with him, one on each side. They were sinners and had done evil things. But the Lord Jesus Christ, on the other hand, had done nothing wrong. He died for our sins.
As he hung on the cross, Jesus saw the people who abused him. He saw those who nailed him to the cross. But he lifted up his head and prayed for them, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do.” He prayed for his enemies. He wanted them to be saved.
One of the criminals who was crucified with him believed on Jesus Christ. He trusted him as his personal Saviour. That man was saved instantly. He went to be in Paradise or in heaven with the Lord. What about the other criminal? He did not believe in Jesus and did not go to heaven. He was lost forever.
The most important question to ask is, why did Jesus Christ die on the cross?
The Bible says God laid our sins on His Son. Our lies, rebellion, anger, selfishness, gossip-all our sins were laid on Jesus Christ. The Bible says,
“And the Lord has laid on him the iniquity (wickedness or sin) of us all.” Isaiah 53 vs. 6
To end our lessons, let us remember that the most important thing we have learned is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for our sins. He died for my sins. He died for your sins.
If you repent and believe that Jesus died for your sins and accept him as your personal Saviour, God will forgive you of all your sins and make you His child. You are now saved!
Listen to what the Bible teaches:
“Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.” Acts 16 vs. 31
Wouldn’t you like to thank the Lord Jesus Christ right now for dying for your sins? Bow your head right now and let him know in your own words.
IMPORTANT POINT OF NOTE:
– Jesus Christ the Son of God died for my sins.
In our next lesson we will consider what happened to the Lord Jesus Christ after His death.
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