If you ever attend a worship gathering of Grace Life Church, you’ll notice we talk a lot about Jesus. In fact, everything we do is for him because if it wasn’t for Jesus, we wouldn’t be here. We are all examples of what Jesus can do in someone’s life.
Jesus Christ is completely human, but at the same time, he is completely God. He is no more one than he is the other. He was born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit. He lived a sinless life while he was on earth, died for the sins of mankind, and rose again after being dead for three days. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. All things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (John 1:1; Colossians 1:15-20)
The reason Jesus is important to us is because every person who has walked this earth is born a sinner. The only way to be saved from your sin is through Jesus. The Gospel is the good news God was gracious towards fallen, sinful mankind by sending His only Son Jesus who lived a sinless life to die and rise again for these sins and provide reconciliation between man and his Creator.
Without Jesus there is no Gospel. The Gospel is what saves man from their sins and is also what sustains the believer as they are being transformed into the image of Christ. Because the Gospel represents the work of Christ, is the hope for a sinful world, and teaches the believer how to live more like Christ, it is the center of everything we do at Grace Life Church. (Titus 2:11-12)
Jesus represents God’s grace towards us. His death on the cross was suppose to be our punishment. We were supposed to be punished for our sins, but Jesus stepped in and took our place.
Grace is the undeserving favor God shows towards all of mankind. This grace saves, forgives, grows, and provides enjoyment. God’s grace is evident in everyone’s life; whether believer or unbeliever. God’s grace is ultimately seen in the Gospel and is also demonstrated to believer’s as they are transformed and developing the mind of Christ. (Titus 2:11-12)
Salvation occurs when a sinful person recognizes their sinful state, believes that only Jesus can deliver them from their sin, and turns to Jesus for forgiveness through faith. When a person is saved, God no longer sees them as guilty, but the righteousness of Jesus is placed on them. The believer is forgiven, adopted into God’s family, and is granted eternal life in Christ. God now sees the sinner as He sees His Son. Salvation is offered to all men, though not all men will accept this free gift from God. (Romans 3:23-26; 10:9-13)
Jesus is not only our Savior, he is our sustainer. Those who have been saved through faith in Jesus strive, by Holy Spirit Power, to follow Jesus. When you visit Grace Life, you’ll see that we make much of Jesus. He’s not a religious teacher, or a good guy, or a myth; he’s the one who changed our lives completely. He is our Savior and in Christ alone, our hope is found.