Christ claimed to answer all the deep questions about our existence. Life’s biggest questions:
- “Who am I?”
- “Why am I here?”
- “Where am I going after I die?”
Although other philosophers and religious leaders have offered their answers to the meaning of life, only Jesus Christ proved his credentials by rising from the dead. And it is only through Jesus that we can have a relationship with God.
Many think of God more as a force than a person who we can know and enjoy. On the contrary, God is relational like us, but even more so. According to Jesus, God knows each of us intimately and personally, and thinks about us continually. God is a loving, holy being who created us to have a relationship with Him.
God has given us a free will so we can chose whether or not we want to know Him. From the very first created man and woman, we have disobeyed God’s laws, even though they are for our best. And we have failed to do what is right. We have inherited this condition from the first man, Adam.
The Bible calls this disobedience, sin, which means “missing the mark,” like an archer missing his intended target. Therefore our sins have broken God’s intended relationship with us. Sin is the absolute opposite of God’s holy character. Thus we have offended the one who created us. Our rebellion (sin) has created a wall of separation between God and us (see Isaiah 59:2).
In the Scriptures, “separation” means spiritual death. And spiritual death means being completely separated from the light and life of God. Jesus, as God’s Son, was qualified to die for the rest of us because he had lived a morally perfect life and wasn’t subject to sin’s judgment. Through Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, the penalty for our sin has been paid. Now it is just a matter of whether or not we choose to accept this free gift from God. [read the full article]