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					What do you do with your guilt?
If you have never thought about that question carefully, it may help to answer this brief multiple-choice question: The penalty for my disobedience to the living God A. will be paid by me in the future B. was already paid for by a substitute The God who created you has given good news to answer that question. The good news concerns the Son of God who lived in Israel 2,000 years ago and lives today at the right hand of God. When he came into the world, he was given the name Jesus, meaning “God saves.” What does Jesus save people from? He saves them from the penalty of their disobedience to God. The Bible, God's word to mankind, calls this disobedience sin. Jesus saves His people from the eternal penalty of their sin and from the wrath of God. From the time of the first man on earth, God promised that he would send a man he appointed, known as the Christ, to destroy the works of the one who brought sin into the world. Jesus came from God the Father to do this very thing. He could do it because He was the Son of God from all eternity. As God in the form of man, Jesus lived a life on earth of perfect righteousness and obedience to God his Father. When Jesus came to earth, the question was raised concerning who he was and whether he was the Christ. He answered that question, when asked by a man named John, by saying, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.” i The miracles that Jesus did proved that He was the Son of God, the Christ sent by God. The greatest work of Jesus was his giving his own life as a ransom for sin, that is, to pay the penalty for the disobedience of his people against God. This was necessary because God is righteous and his justice requires the payment of a penalty. The penalty for any disobedience against the living God, in all of his perfection, is death. So the good news of Jesus Christ was announced plainly to the church: “I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”ii This is good news not only because Jesus Christ was put to death on a cross for the payment of sin, but he was also raised from the dead three days later. Jesus announced His resurrection from the dead by saying, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”iii This good news gets even better, then, as we see that Jesus Christ is the substitute for the people who believe in him. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.”iv This good news was preached accordingly, “Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.” v So as the good news was proclaimed, the resurrection of Jesus Christ was known as proof that he was the Son of God who gave his life as a ransom for sinners. His message is true. Thus, God tells us how to respond: “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”vi To repent means that we change our minds about Jesus Christ and turn to him believing all that is taught about him. We are to put our trust in him, and in him alone, for complete forgiveness of sins. There are only two places where your sin can be, either on yourself or on the Savior, Jesus Christ. Which shall it be?

Quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible, Copyright (c) 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA. All rights reserved.
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Matthew 11:4-6 I Corinthians 15:3-4 iii John 11:25-26 iv Ephesians 1:7-8 v Acts 10:43 vi Acts 17:30-31
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Description: A brief summary of the gospel of Jesus Christ.