We have underlined Romans 3:23 in our Bibles—all have sinned (Salvation 1 – Who Is Worthy?) and Romans 6:23—earning spiritual death but being offered the gift of spiritual life (Salvation 2 – Wages of Sin).
Now we turn to Romans 6:23, go down to the bottom of your page and write Romans 5:8. When you turn to Romans 5:8, underline the verse and put a star by it.
Would you die for someone? Do you love anyone that much? Maybe your child or spouse?
Would you dare to die for a good person? They would have to be really, really good, right?
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Long ago, God’s chosen people realized that a sacrifice for their sin was needed. His law required them to bring an unblemished lamb to be sacrificed for that sin. God was preparing them for the very best lamb.
Jesus, his son, came into the world to heal and teach what God’s love is like.
But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
At this point, you can draw a cross on the “Me” mountain.
Some think if they are faithful, responsible citizens or if they do enough good deeds, they can merit the blessings of heaven, but as we’ve learned, none of us is worthy. That valley of sin still separates us from God.
Jesus took upon Himself the sin of all the world. When He bore it all for you and me, He became the final sacrificial lamb.
Here’s the best part! Jesus’ sacrifice formed a bridge between you and God.
His sacrifice covers that sin and He provides the only way to God the Father.
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Hopefully these drawings and add-ons will help you in explaining the gospel story.
Oh, but each person has a part to play in this salvation experience. Next week—What is my part?
~ Joyce ~