Do you ever feel there is something in life you are searching for? Saying things to yourself like “there must be more to life than this”? Perhaps an emptiness or longing that you can’t quite put your finger on?
When humans were created, everything that God had made was good and he intended that we have a close relationship with him. It even says in Genesis that with the first humans, God used to walk with them in the garden. This was how it was meant to be. For us to have meaning and purpose in life we are meant to have a relationship with our creator.
A problem came when those first humans disobeyed God. They were deceived into thinking that there was knowledge available to them, which God didn’t want them to have. They thought that by eating fruit from a tree God had told them not to eat from, they would get access to that knowledge. It’s strange to think that even today humanity is still obsessed with learning and seeking knowledge, as we live in a world where information is power and we want access to it faster and easier than ever before.
As these people disobeyed God it caused separation – separation from their creator, and separation from His ultimate purpose. Humanity was left feeling distant, ashamed and insecure – some of the feelings that a lot of us still have today.
The worst thing is that the separation was permanent – meaning eternal death. That might sound a bit full-on but have you ever stopped to think about what happens when your physical body dies?
There is a word called sin that we use to describe the separation from God – separation that is still here today. Every time we fall short of the perfection God intended for us we sin, and continue the separation that began with our ancestors.
Sin has been ruling our world for a long time and even with the greatest intention we all sin everyday. In fact one of the writers in the Bible says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and goes on to say that the wages of sin are death.
If the story ended there it would be one of the unhappiest endings you had ever heard – but our God, our Creator loves us so much. He realised that the only way to save us from separation was to face the sin of all humanity himself. He did this with the ultimate sacrifice – giving over His Son, who lived a life without sin and paid the price in our place.
What God’s Son did and endured on our behalf was amazing. If the price of sin is eternal death then he overcame death to give us a passage to eternal life. He stood in our place, he filled the gap and all of a sudden that emptiness, the separation that we’ve been talking about was filled.
To understand the hope, the future, the eternity that we have in God’s Son, Jesus, means we first have to understand about our sin and separation from God. Now that we have done that make sure you listen to the next session to learn more about Jesus and what it means to follow him.
God didn’t intend us to do this journey of life on our own – but as a community of people who look out for each other – so if you have any questions please get in touch with us at Be The Church.
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