The Story of Jesus and Why it Matters
The story of Jesus is often referred to as The Gospel which translates into the good news. The story of Jesus is the good news.
The Bible tells the story of God beginning with creation. Creation was good, in fact, it was perfect. But it didn't stay that way. One of God's creations were people. He made people so that He, the Creator, could have a relationship with His creation. We messed up. We wanted to be like God, the Creator, and broke the relationship. This created a big problem. We no longer had access to our Creator.
The Old Testament is the story of people desperately trying to find a way back to God. Unfortunately for us, we kept choosing wrong and messing up. We couldn't be good outside of God, our Creator.
God longed to fix our problem, but He couldn't be around sin-- the things we do that separate us from God. (They are the wrong choices we make like lying or stealing... the list could go on and on.) In Genesis 3:3, God set the punishment for sin. It was death. This led to the need for a sacrifice. We couldn't sacrifice ourselves because we deserved the punishment. This led to God sending Jesus. Jesus is God's Son. He left Heaven and was born on Earth. He lived a perfect life. He never sinned. He didn't do anything wrong-- ever. As he became an adult, He began to let us know how to restore a relationship with God, His father. He then was crucified and felt the separation from God as the punishment for sin. (Matthew 27:46)
Fortunately for us, this is not the end of the story. The Bible tells us that three days after His death, Jesus made a return to Earth. He was once again back with people. Since He took the punishment for sin, humans could have a relationship with the Creator through Jesus (John 14:6).
Jesus began preparing people for what will come next before returning to Heaven. Some day Jesus will return and God our Creator will permanently restore creation. The broken will cease to exist and the relationship will be perfectly restored. How we long for that day!
This story matters because it tells us there is hope. We can have a relationship with God through Jesus. We aren't lost forever or stuck in the penalty of our wrong choices. Jesus has already paid that price. We simply have to choose to believe that Jesus is who He says He is and accept the forgiveness He offers.
There is a lot more to this story. We would love to connect with you and discuss this more.