Psalm 5:4-7 (NLT)
4O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness;
you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked.
5Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence,
for you hate all who do evil.
6You will destroy those who tell lies.
The Lord detests murderers and deceivers.
7Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house;
I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.
In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and he made human beings. Adam and Eve were very close to God. They had no sin, so they could be with God. But then, they were tempted by Satan and sinned—they ate the forbidden fruit.
Because God is perfect and Adam and Eve had become sinful, they were separated from one another. We were all headed toward eternal separation from God—hell—the punishment for our sins.
As the verses say, God is not pleased with sin and sinners cannot stay with Him. But God wanted this to be made right. So, He sent His only, perfect Son. Jesus did not die for His own sins—he had none, but He died does for our sins. Jesus took all of our sins upon himself so that we can have eternal life in Heaven with God! This is the grace and mercy that God has shown us! It’s an amazing gift given to everyone, and all we had to do to receive it is believe that Jesus died on the cross for us.
I hope that this is “clicking” with you…that without him, we would have to take the punishment for our own sins…but because of Jesus we don’t have to. We get to live eternally in Heaven instead. I pray that the Holy Spirit just lets you understand this amazing truth.
This is the gospel that we, as Christians, live our lives upon. Please share this gospel with everybody you meet—share the good news of Jesus Christ with them so that they, too, may have a relationship with God and receive eternal life. And don’t forget to live this gospel throughout your daily life by showing mercy to others and forgiving them, just like God does for you.
The author is a middle school student.
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