God Made Something Good.

The big story, God's project, started in a garden; it was to see us, all of us, His image bearers, flourish and co-create. The soil was good there. In the beginning there was peace, beauty, order, and life. It was good. We rarely hear this part of our story, but it doesn't make it less true. If you're getting half the story when you explore God, remind yourself that God created something good -- you included.

We messed it up.

I have a gold medal in screwing things up, but I don't have to explain that to you. You get it. All of humanity shares in brokenness. We are imperfect. The people we love are imperfect. Our systems are jacked, and our world is broken. And that's on us. We made the mess. We literally can't help ourselves.

Jesus Makes it right.

God can clean up all our messes, and He does it through the person of Jesus. No one denies Jesus lived and died. That's just history. It's the empty tomb and the hundreds of witnesses that saw Him after death that makes us tilt our head. Because science can only prove something that is repeatable, we are dependent upon their testimony for this once-in-history moment. If Jesus rose from the dead, and we believe He did, He is exactly who He said He was, and He accomplished exactly what was predicted for thousands of years. He restored us. Jesus made it right.

One day God will make all things new.

This is not all there is. This life is not as good as it gets. A day is coming when Christ will return. He will complete His new creation with a new heaven and a new earth; a place with no tears, no pain, no suffering, no brokenness, no helplessness, and no faith or hope, just love. God will make all things new. In the meantime, God invites us to join Him in His work of restoring all things. 

 
 

Faith Questions

 
 

How is Jesus different from other Gods?

One of the major reasons faith in Jesus is different from other religions is that He doesn't demand perfection from us or ask us to achieve some higher state of living before we can be allowed into heaven. He really just wants a relationship with us. He wants us to get to know Him and believe in His plan for our lives. I don't know about you, but I'm not perfect. Even when I don’t want to, I mess up and hurt not only myself but others. By admitting to God that I'm not perfect, and accepting Jesus’ sacrifice for my sinful behavior, God no longer sees my sin when He looks at me; He sees Jesus' perfection, instead. I am now free to live a life without fear (without constantly striving for the unattainable "perfect life"), and free to get to know the One who created me and loves me more than anyone else in the universe.

 

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