For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Our God is a righteous and just God. But he is also a loving and compassionate God! So much so that instead of just overlooking our sin or continuing to have us live by working for his favor, he made a way for us to have eternal life not by our works, but by the work of Jesus.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God loves us too much to be separated from us! He looked at the world and decided to create a way for us to be in union with him despite our imperfection in the presence of his perfection. And that’s where Jesus comes in. God sent his one and only Son, in human form, to take on all of our mistakes, screw ups, and imperfections and pay their price: death and eternal separation from God. Jesus not only died for our sins, but he then conquered death by raising back to life three days later!
Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, our fellowship with God is restored. This remains true regardless of what you’ve done and will do. Nothing you do or others do to you can break that fellowship if your faith in Jesus remains. Instead of facing judgment, you will have eternal life!
Consider the questions below and spend some time answering them in your own quiet time:
1. In the beginning of the video, Francis Chan talks about the chain of sin in his own family lineage. How have you seen the sins of others affect your life? How can you be praying for these people?
2. The bible says that God is omniscient, or “all-knowing.” What are you trying to hide from Him? Why is it hard to talk to him about this?
3. Is it hard to believe that God loves you so much that he took on the consequences of your sins in order to have a relationship with you? Why or why not?
4. If you haven’t placed your faith in Jesus, what is keeping you from taking that step? Write your concerns or questions down and start praying over them. Invite your leader in this with you.