Hannah nursed her coffee cup and gazed at a part of the pattern on the table. Chelsea sat across from her, trying to convince her that she was guilty before God and needed Jesus to be her Savior.
Hannah felt like she was sitting on the fence, always getting closer to agreeing with Chelsea, but never fully there.
“You know,” whispered Chelsea gently, “it’s not a matter of choosing if you’re guilty or not.“
Hannah leaned in closer to hear over the din of the conversations around her.
“You’re already guilty, whether you believe it or not… but you can choose to be saved.“
Our sin-nature condemns us
From the moment we are conceived, we are sinful:
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
For as long as you and I have existed, we’ve had sin in our lives. It’s our inclination to chose our own way of doing things over God’s; to rebel against Him. It’s like a disease that’s passed down from each generation to the next. It’s our sin-nature.
And for as long as you and I have existed, we have been condemned, because of our sin. (What’s wrong with sin?)
Consider a person who goes to court and whom the judge declares guilty. That person is condemned – given a particular sentence. But to be condemned by God is a lot more serious.
So, brief recap: our sins condemn us, and…
Our unbelief keeps us condemned
There’s nothing we can do to make ourselves stop sinning.
So then is that the end of the story? Are we all doomed with no hope of escape?
NO! Though we can’t do anything to make ourselves right in God’s eyes, Jesus can. Jesus is God’s Son, and God sent him here to earth (roughly 2000 years ago) to save us.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Those who believes in God’s Son, Jesus, are made right in God’s eyes. They are saved From their condemnation.
And those who never believe?
Who ever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed the name of God’s one and only Son.
Our sinful nature condemns us. Each person will remain condemned for as long as he or she doesn’t believe in the name of God’s one and only Son.
Choosing Jesus isn’t choosing condemnation; it’s choosing to be saved.
Talk about it:
- Do you feel like Jesus came to condemn you? Why?
- Have you chosen Jesus? Do you want to?