Are you groping wildly in the dark, looking for light and finding none? Are you depressed, worried, or sick? Have you been victimized or abused? Do feelings of inadequacy overwhelm you? Do you feel the need to prove yourself to others?
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, King of Kings . . . and “Light of the World” (John 8:12, 9:5).* He knows your need. Before you were even thought of, He came to this earth as a baby, grew up as a carpenter’s son, and ministered to others in body, mind, and soul for 3.5 years. Christ came “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).
But there’s a problem. You’ve chosen your will and your ways – instead of God’s will and God’s ways. And that is sin. In your heart, mind, and soul and in your thoughts, words, and deeds, you are a sinner. Do you remember all the wrong things you have done and all the right things you haven’t?
Your sins demand blood – as payment. Justice must be served. Someone must pay the price. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). And just whose blood is required? Yours. There’s a cup in the hand of Almighty God (Psalm 75:8). It is full of His righteous wrath against your sins: eternal darkness . . . eternal separation from Him . . . the flames of hell. Every sin you commit means another drop of His wrath for you to drink – eventually. The moment you die, you will drain that cup. You think you’ll have time . . . 70, 80, or even 90 years on this earth to live before you have to give an account to God. But you have no guarantee of tomorrow. Every moment you breathe is a gift from God.
The cup of God’s wrath has been drunk. It has been drained. The price has been paid in full. And by whom? Jesus Christ – Son of God, King of Kings, Light of the world . . . and Lamb of God. Jesus suffered the fullness of your punishment, guilt, and shame for your sins. The story of His trial and crucifixion in the Gospels (Matthew 26-27, Mark 14-15, Luke 22-23, John 18-19) tells of stripes, a crown of thorns, and a cross. Every place in those chapters that gives Jesus’s name or a pronoun, put in your name. Why? Because that is what your punishment would look like if you were condemned to die, if suddenly God called you into eternity and called your sins to account. Yet you could die a million deaths on a million crosses for the rest of eternity and never atone for your sins. Why? Your blood isn’t perfect and innocent and spotless. That of Jesus is. He didn’t have to drink your cup. He could have called for “twelve legions of angels” instead (Matthew 26:53). Jesus didn’t want to drink it either. In Gethsemane, He prayed for the cup to pass from Him (Matthew 26:39-43, Mark 14:36, Luke 22:42). That is how bitter it was. But Jesus went to the cross anyway because of His great love for you. In order to “take away the sins of the world” (John 1:29), He was spit upon and beaten (Matthew 26:67, 27:30), scourged (27:26), mocked and made to wear a crown of thorns (27:29), given vinegar to drink (27:34), crucified (27:35), and forsaken by God (27:46). Jesus’s perfect, righteous, sinless blood made atonement for your soul. And on the cross, crying victoriously,”It is finished!” Jesus satisfied the wrath of God (John 19:30; cf Isaiah 53:11).
But the story doesn’t end there. . .
Arise, My Love
Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day! He walked out of the tomb! Christ is alive forevermore! Your sins are forgiven. The blood of Christ has washed them away. The gates of heaven are open! “Death [has been] swallowed up in victory!” [1 Corinthians 15:54]
No one loves you like Jesus. No one. Only Jesus loves the seemingly unlovable person, the seemingly unforgivable sins. Only Jesus would drink the cup of God’s wrath – suffering the pains of hell – for you. Only Jesus can and will forgive your sins. How should you respond to such love? Repent of [confess, turn away from] your sins and believe in Christ! Humble yourself. Jesus did – for you. Surrender all to Christ. He surrendered all – for you. And by yourself or with a believing friend, family member, or pastor, pray the verses below (NKJV). Accept the cup of God’s wrath that Christ drank for you. Don’t drink it for yourself when you die! Receive Christ by faith today!
John 1:12-13: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
John 3:16: “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 5:24: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”
John 8:12: “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
John 11:25-26: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Acts 16:31: “So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.'”
Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 10:9-10, 13: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For ‘whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.'”
Every person on this earth will enter heaven or hell for eternity. Their names and works are written in books. And at the Great White Throne Judgment, these books will be opened and each person will be judged “according to their works” (Revelation 20:11-13). Only those whose names are “written in the Lamb’s book of life” will enter heaven (21:27). In heaven, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. . . .There shall be no night there” (21:4, 25). However, those whose names are not “written in the book of life [will be] cast into the lake of fire” for eternity (20:15). In hell, “there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” and “outer darkness” (Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 24:51, 25:30).
*Unless otherwise noted, all Scriptures are taken from the King James Version.
**Used by permission.