You may have seen these 5 colors floating around out there, and you may be wondering what they could possibly mean (or maybe you aren’t. You are welcome to read this anyways)! Simply put, these five colors summarize the immense depth of God’s love.
Obviously when talking about God, it is reasonable to ask the question: “Who exactly is God?”
God is beyond words. God is eternal. God is love. God is truth. God is justice. God is glory. God is mercy. God is grace. But above all, God is pure. He is so pure that He is perfect, and He exists in a perfect place called heaven.
Now that is something I have to keep in mind as I consider: “Who exactly am I?”
I am far from perfect. No matter how “good” I may be at any particular point in time, I always tend to fall back into dark ways. I tend to always move towards doing what is wrong, and it is because that is my nature. I am a sinner. I was born a sinner, and I can never free myself from the grip of sin. My sinful nature leads me to a life separated from God.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, | Romans 3:23
My sinful nature leads me to death.
For the wages of sin is death, | Romans 6:23 (Part 1)
Nothing I can do on my own can help me know or exist with a perfect God who is in heaven simply because imperfection cannot exist within perfection.
If I am to change the inescapable fact that I am a sinner, I need someone with the power to do so: “Who is Jesus Christ?”
Every attribute of God is manifested in the man Jesus Christ. We see His love, truth, justice, glory, mercy, grace, and because of that, it is clear that He is God. He is God the Son, and He humbled Himself and came down from heaven in the form of man. And although He was without sin, He willingly suffered the humility and the pain and the agony of the worst possible death; a death on the cross.
Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. | Philippians 2:6-8
But death could not hold Him. He did not deserve it, and 3 days after He died on the cross, He rose again. He rose again in victory over death because it had no more power. He is God. He is eternal.
But why?: “Why would Jesus Christ die on the cross?”
God loves me and He wants to have a relationship with me. So, He sent Christ to shed His blood for me. When Christ died on that cross, He died for me. He took my sin from me and nailed it to the cross. He suffered the penalty I deserved, and He did it so that I could be free. He traded my sin for His righteousness, and in doing so, He provides me with the Way. He is the way.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. | Romans 6:23 (Part 1 & 2)
I know I am a sinner, and I do not want sin, that wretchedness, to live in me anymore. I know I need and want a Savior, and I know Jesus Christ is that Savior. I know Jesus Christ is God and that He willingly died on the cross for me, and it is only because of His death that I can be saved from the penalty of my sin.
I believe in Him; I believe in Christ: “Now what?”
The moment that I believe in Him, I am suddenly counted among the living. I am no longer dead and separated from the pure and perfect God! I am now living as He is living, and I have the opportunity to know Him and have a relationship with Him. I can talk to Him, and He talks to me.
He gives me His very own Word to learn and to use as I continue to live in this world filled with sin. His word teaches me and gives me wisdom and understanding. In His word, I know that I am promised eternal life because of the gift of His very own Son. Until that promise is fulfilled, I am determined to live a life that reflects the Savior who so clearly modeled perfection to me. I will humble myself. I will serve. I will testify to the immense depth of God’s love.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. | John 3: 16-17