Israel”. Perfect adherence to these laws would guarantee a righteous person admittance into heaven when they die. Unfortunately, man is incapable of being sinless and therefore cannot be reconciled by following laws. According to Shuster (2013), “what went wrong in the beginning marks everything that follows.” (pg. 40) and, “The world of Genesis 3 is the world we live in. Seemingly insignificant choices, unbelief, and pride are the key aspects of the Genesis account, and of our ongoing struggle” (pg. 41). God must offer a sinless, perfect sacrifice to pay the price 3
for sin: death. Jesus, both fully man and fully God, was sent to be that sacrifice. Jesus took on the sins of all mankind and by His death and resurrection three days later, the price for sin is paid. Those who believe in this sacrifice and accept the cross as payment for their sins, are filled with the love and presence of God, through the Holy Spirit, within them. Restoration cannot be earned, it must be given freely out of love, compassion and most of all grace. Analysis The most difficult part of the Christian worldview is believing in something you cannot see. There is no concrete, physical evidence of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Even Thomas, standing before the risen Christ, needed confirmation, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands…I will not believe” (John 20:25, NIV). When he was shown the wounds, he declared, “My Lord and my God” For Christians, faith in Jesus helps to answer life’s most difficult questions. Why is man here? What is his purpose? Man was created by God for God. Man is God’s greatest creation and He longs to have a relationship with each and every person. Gone are the days of the Pharisees trying to be righteous enough. Jesus left behind two basic ideas to make the Christian whole, “ Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40, KJV). Reflection Rising out of dissatisfaction for Judaism’s lack of definitive answers to life’s toughest questions, Christianity gave first century Jews and Gentiles a living example of who God was and what He expected of them. Although He did not meet Judaism’s hope for a Messiah who would free the Jews and reign peacefully on earth, Jesus fulfills all of man’s hopes and provides 4
a path to restoration. Jesus is the culmination of all that God hoped for His people. God is the
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