God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. - 2 Corinthians 5.19
He loves us.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3.16
He is holy and cannot accept anything less than 100% perfection.
Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5.48
We fall short of God’s standard, 100% perfection.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3.23
We are separated from God.
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; Nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear. - Isaiah 59.1-2
We face eternal separation – death.
For the wages of sin is death ... Romans 6.23
Jesus Christ as a substitute – a double switch
Jesus’ death on the cross for our death penalty
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5.8
Jesus’ perfect righteousness for our sinfulness
He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus). - 2 Corinthians 5.21
God provided a substitute and offers reconciliation to us.
The choice is ours:
to remain separated from God by our sins
to receive Jesus Christ’s death and righteousness as a gift from God and be reconciled with God.
But as many as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. John 1.12
For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He (Christ) died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf... Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new thing have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He(God) made Him(Christ) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.( in Christ) 2Cor 5.14-21
About two thousand years ago God looked down from heaven on a cross at the Place of a Skull, which is translated Golgotha. Do you know what God saw hanging on that cross? God saw your sins and my sins. He(God) made Him(Christ) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf. And when God saw your sins and my sins on that cross, God treated Jesus like you and I deserve to be treated. God turned His back on Jesus and let Him suffer and die, because those are the consequences of sin –suffering and separation.
Years ago as a boy, I believed the Gospel that Jesus Christ died for me, and I asked Jesus to be my Substitute so that His death would count for my sins. At the moment I believed Jesus’ word that Jesus is who He said He is, and that He died for me, I was reconciled with my God.
Now that I believe in Jesus, I am in Christ. When God looks down from heaven at me, do you know what He sees? Not my sins. God saw my sins on that cross two thousand years ago when He treated Jesus like I deserve to be treated. When God looks down at me today, God sees only the righteousness of Jesus because I am in Christ, and God treats me like only Jesus deserves to be treated. God receives me as His child. Christ became my substitute and died for me that I might become the righteousness of God in Him and be reconciled with God. But as many as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. (Jn 1.12)
Before you finish reading this page, you will already have made a decision either to remain separated from God or to receive Jesus’ death and righteousness as a gift and become a child of God. If you accept Jesus’ word that He is God the Son and that He died for you, but you have never told Jesus you believe in Him, why not tell Him now? Whoever you are, wherever you are, no matter what your sins or what you have done, at this moment Jesus can hear you. The words you use are not important. What matters is only your faith in Jesus. But if the following prayer expresses the desire of your heart, read it out loud to Jesus. Now is the time to bow your head and confess with your mouth to Jesus that you believe in Him.
Jesus, thank you for loving me. I know I am a sinner separated from you. I don’t want to die for my sins. Thank you for dying on the cross. Jesus, I want your death to count for my sins. I accept You, Jesus, as my substitute. Thank you for forgiving me. Thank you for making me a child of God. Come into my life and make me the man or woman you want me to be. Amen
If you asked Jesus to be your substitute, He is trustworthy. You are now in Christ, and the Bible says you have new hope (Colossians 1.27) because:
Your sins are forgiven. Colossians 1.13-14
You are a child of God. John 1.12
You have eternal life. John 3.16
You will someday see Jesus. 1John 3:2
1John 3:2 says, “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.”
If you just made a decision to be reconciled with God by faith in Jesus Christ, write today’s date and time on the page below along with a short note. You might just say, today I accepted Jesus as my substitute and became a child of God. Sign your note. Then tell someone who loves you that you now believe in Jesus and have accepted Jesus as your substitute. Start attending a church that teaches the Bible if you do not already, and ask your pastor how to grow in your relationship with Jesus.