[Lead Pastor Scott Moore, ECC Covington Campus]
previously at Eastridge..
- Sin separates us from God (leading to pain, shame, and death.)
- Sin is rejecting God's Word.
- We have all sinned.
- Our relationship with God, the Father, is torn because of our sin.
- Therefore we ALL need Jesus to atone for our sins.
For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:17-19 NLT)
Being separated from God is seen in the symbol of a curtain..
The Lord said to Moses, “Warn your brother, Aaron, not to enter the Most Holy Place behind the inner curtain whenever he chooses; if he does, he will die. For the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—is there, and I myself am present in the cloud above the atonement cover. (Leviticus 16:2 NLT)
Man's response to being separated from God:
- We try to be good. (But how good is good enough?)
- So we give up trying to be good. (Which leads to more pain, more shame, and more separation.)
Jesus Christ's sacrifice has opened the way for us to be with God..
(the moment Christ breathes his last breath on the cross) Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, (Matthew 27:50-51 NLT)
The priests must have been shocked. For ages they had been going behind that curtain (into the Holy of Holies) to sacrifice to God for the sins of the people. The death of Christ (the final sacrifice) ended that religious ritual for good and made a way for all of us to approach the Throne of Grace.
This hope (Jesus) is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. (Hebrews 6:19 NLT)
Jesus leads us to God.
Through faith in Christ our relationship with God is restored.
..and provides us with Forgiveness, Healing, and Life..
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 NLT)
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10 NLT)
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NLT)
So, what do I do:
- Know that God did this for you.
- Ask the question, “Am I saved?”
- If so, then are you willing to follow Jesus? (Not just claim him by name alone..but to repent..turn from our own ways and follow His ways.)
It is not God's desire that everyone simply believe in Jesus..it is God's desire that everyone FOLLOW Jesus.