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The Bible tells the true story of God’s steadfast love for his stubborn people. That's us. In some ways it’s a sad story, because human beings have made the world such a sad place. But ultimately, it is a great story of hope and victory. At the center of the Christian story is the good news that God so loved the world he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
Some people have heard of John 3:16, but fewer people know the rest of the story. It goes something like this…
|[Creation] In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The first man and woman enjoyed a perfect relationship with God. Everything in the universe was good.|
|[Curse] But everything fell apart. Adam and Eve rebelled from God. We have all followed in their footsteps, doing and thinking what is bad for us and displeasing to God.|
|[Christ] God did not give up on us and sent his Son, Jesus Christ –full of grace and truth, power and perfection, humility and holiness– to make a way for sinners to be reconciled to God.|
|[Cross] Jesus died for our sins on the cross, bearing the punishment we deserved. He rose again on the third day in demonstration of his power over sin and death.|
|[re-Creation] Just as God raised Jesus to new life, so God is making all things new. In the end, God’s people will live forever, free from pain and full of joy in God’s presence.|
|[Commitment] This good news is for those who turn from their sin and put their trust in Jesus. None of us deserve God’s mercy, but we can get right with God through Jesus Christ.|