God created all things. In love, He created you for a relationship with Him. Humanity was designed to be in loving union with their Creator. All eternity spent in a perfectly satisfying relationship with God. We were made to bring God glory through our satisfaction in Him as we partnered with Him in tending to His Creation.
Genesis 1:1-14, 2:1-24;
However, the first humans, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God's will. They chose to rebel against Him. They wanted to be the god of their own lives. This rebellion is called sin and it severed our relationship with God. As a result sinful humanity was cast out of God's presence and all of creation was brought under the curse of sin. Now, every human is born into depravity and are at enmity with God. As a result, we are deserving of God's judgement where we will be separated from Him for all eternity in hell. Seeing that we have sinned, we can no longer work our way back to God. We are helpless to merit His forgiveness.
Genesis 3; John 3:36, Romans 3:23, 6:23;
While we are helpless in our sin, God did not leave us hopeless. In love, God came to earth in the form of man to be a Savior for His people. Jesus of Nazareth, fully God and fully man, lived the perfect life that we could not. He was sentenced to death and died on a cross. Jesus willingly laid down His life to be a sacrifice for our sins and rose three days later to bring us new life and show His authority over death. Now, for those who would place faith in Christ he bears the penalty for our sins and give us His own righteousness. This exchange of our sin for Christ's righteousness is the only way sinful humanity can be reconciled to God. Those who believe in the Son of God will never perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16; Romans 6:23, 10:9-13; Ephesians 2:1-10; Galatians 2:15-21
The good news of the Gospel does not stop with our redemption, but God promises that all things will be made right. By His grace and according to His good will He is working out a plan of redemption in which His people will dwell with God for all eternity in a new heaven and new earth. There will be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more tears, no injustice, no sin. For those who place faith in Christ, an eternity of delight in God is awaiting them!
John 14:1-7; Romans 8:18-30; Revelation 21:1-27
READ THE GOOD NEWS
Start reading the Gospel According to John and ask yourself two question: (1) Who does Jesus say He is? and (2) What does that mean for me?