There is nothing we can do to earn this salvation. Jesus earned it for us, freely paying for it all in our place, and God offers it to us as a free gift. All we “do” is let go of our idols and treasured sins, and reach up to receive this gift with empty hands, trusting in Jesus and all that He has done. The Bible calls this response “repentance” and “faith,” and it is a work of God in our hearts. Because Jesus is king, and because He sends His Holy Spirit to fill and empower His people, trusting in Him will always result in a transformed life.
God is full of love, and He has provided a way for His justice to be satisfied and for His mercy to flow to us. He sent His only son, Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect life and died on the cross in our place. In His death, Jesus took the punishment of our sins upon Himself and satisfied God’s justice fully. Three days later, He rose from the dead, conquering death itself, securing for us the reality of eternal life, and ruling as king over all things.
You and I have chosen to sin against God by rebelling against Him and worshipping the things God has made more than God Himself. Our sin has earned God’s judgement. We experience God’s judgement in so much of the brokenness and dysfunction we experience in our world today, and, apart from God’s mercy, we will experience His wrath fully when Jesus returns to judge the living and the dead.