Why Should I Get "Saved"?
Why must our sin be taken away? Its commonly taught that Jesus came as a human sacrifice and died so that He could take away our sins.
However, let's think: Why must our sins be taken away? For what purpose? How is sin a problem? What is the purpose of salvation?
A brief review of the Lord's prayer in the book of Matthew as recited by Jesus gives us a glimpse into God's ultimate desire for mankind. It shows us that He intends to unite "two worlds" into one.
The earth in it's present state, is subject to the thoughts and whims of sinful man. However, if the "sickness" of sin is removed-man becomes as he should be. What happens when you remove the "disease" that causes sickness? The body "heals" itself. The same way with the earth.
Man was given full dominion over the earth, but lost his authority by disobeying God. As a result of disobeying God and following the directions of the evil one Satan, mankind lost his Heavenly authority over the earth. The earth was now made subject to sinful men and the god of this age, Satan.
In order to restore mankind and the earth back to its original perfect condition, man would have to receive his Heavenly authority back over the earth. This "restoration project" would have to be a "covert mission" of sorts, since the evil one Satan was now the one in charge of the world.
God, being Infinite and infinitely Superior in His Wisdom decided to create a "standard of living" that would set aside a certain people who would be completely dedicated to Him. This standard or "lifestyle" would simply be a "marker" to identify sin. This "lifestyle" would be the "prerequisite" for those who wanted to personally fellowship with God.
This "lifestyle", humanly speaking was near impossible to follow to a tee. There were over 613 laws in total and the punishment for breaking these laws was severe, some even unto death. To atone for sin, one needed to offer animal sacrifices to the priests since animals were still considered to be in "right standing" with God. However, secretly God was setting up a "standard" or "lifestyle" that only He could follow without "dropping the ball". He was waiting for the fullness of time to send His Heavenly representative- Jesus Christ.
Time passes and many Jews await the coming of One who would set up His kingdom by force. Many speak of His coming and are given hope in the promise of His kingdom.
In the fullness of time, Jesus Christ is born into the world and lives out the sinless "lifestyle" that God required by way of the Jews. At the right time, Jesus begins His earth ministry and starts to educate people on the things of the Heavenly Kingdom. Since He is the Living Word of God, His speech and action verify that there is definitely another world at hand.
He establishes His throne by ruling from human hearts rather than taking over physical territory as many expect the Coming One to do. This unfamiliar method of "overthrow" vexed the leaders of Jewish religious law since it was done through a less familiar path which promoted grace, forgiveness and mercy.
What the leaders of religious law failed to realize is that Christ was the fulfillment of their religious law, not the purpose of it. His purpose was to unite the Jews AND Gentiles (those who didn't know of God) into one people, in Him. The religious leaders felt like their salvation was only for them and didn't believe that anyone else who disobeyed God deserved it. This faulty, but purposeful (according to God's plan) way of thinking caused them to seek to put Jesus to death.
Since Jesus was fully God and fully man, He would be the perfect sacrifice to atone for sin once and for all. This was the plan from the beginning of Creating, for God to send His Son as a Representative of Heaven and give us His Life so that we could live for Him and be with Him for an eternity. This plan was carried out by means of death on a wooden cross. The same tree that Satan used to being death to many (the tree of knowledge of good and evil), God used in His Perfect Wisdom to become a symbol of life to many (the tree of life).
The purpose of salvation is to live and personally fellowship with God, forever. To be separate from God is to be separate from Life itself. There's a popular qoute that states: "Difficult Roads lead to Beautiful Paths." Perhaps, this road is difficult, only if you do it on your own. God promises the gift of His Holy Spirit to those who accept His Son into their lives. I encourage you to personally invite God's presence into your life by accepting the finished work of His Son, Jesus Christ. You can do it simply by stating this from your heart:
"Lord Jesus, I am a sinner. However, I realize that you loved me as your child enough to personally die for me and rescue me from being broken on my own. I believe that you died for me and then rose again, for me, so that I could live for you. I ask that you come into my heart, forgive me of my sins and wash me of all unrighteousness. I live for you and you live for me. I thank you and announce with my heart- I am Yours!!"
This is a time to celebrate! Don't take lightly what you have done. You have just invited God's Presence into your life. It is written: For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, ALL who believe in Him are made right with God. - Romans 10:4
Rejoice and thank God for leading you to this moment.