Christ died for us.
Christ died for us because we are in desperate need of a savior.
Because we cannot save ourselves.
We cannot save ourselves from the ravaging curse that is sin.
Sin brings death and enslavement and has us constantly looking in the mirror, seeing our wretchedness, asking ourselves, “Why did I do that?”
But Christ has come for freedom, to set us free from the yoke of sin’s slavery so that we may have life and have it abundantly (Galatians 5).
Jesus died for us.
Christ makes us new and gives us the Holy Spirit as our helper so we can rest in who we are in Christ. Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). We can experience new life—here, now, and forever.
Yes, sin is at work in the world. It has wrecked humankind and it has also wrecked the world around us. Paul says in his letter to the Romans that “creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from the bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now” (Romans 8:19–22).
But the Spirit is also at work in the world. A day is coming where sin will be no more. Where all the old will pass away and everything will be made new. Where those who were made new in Christ will reign with the Lord and bask in the glory of his presence and enjoy the perfection of a divine eternity. That day is coming. And God wants to extend the invitation to us to join him for that day. By his grace, God has made salvation available to all humankind. And with open arms he’s asking us to receive it.