Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
It helps to understand the temptation of Jesus by understanding WHO Jesus is and WHAT HE DID so we can be part of his family. It is easy to misunderstand who Jesus is and fail to grasp why his death and resurrection are so important. It starts when humankind’s sin separated us from a right relationship with God. God restores this by sending his son, Jesus. Jesus was rejected by humanity and crucified on the cross for our sins. This punishment is in place for sins, past and future. After dying on the cross, Jesus was placed in a tomb, conquered death and rose from the dead. His resurrection is a declaration that his payment is sufficient for the penalty of sin.
Jesus then ascends into heaven and sits on the heavenly throne at God the Father’s right hand. When we put our faith and trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins, we are adopted by God and become his child. It’s a relationship only available when we believe and receive that Jesus’s death on the cross paid the penalty for our wrongs. Because Jesus did all of this for us, we can enjoy a new relationship with God. It is the only way we can be his son or daughter.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Thank God for what Jesus did on the cross that paid the penalty for your sins. If you have not yet placed your faith and trust in Jesus for your sins, you can do this where you are right now. If you have questions or are unsure how to proceed, we’d love to connect with you. Contact us at email@example.com.
2023 SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
Join us all of 2023 developing a different spiritual practice each month. SPIRITUAL PRACTICES are intentional regular activities to deepen our relationship with God and mold us to be more like Jesus.
July is SOLITUDE. Keep track of our spiritual practices at beyondtheweekend.org/spiritualpractices.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.