The Worldview We Embrace
God created man good and in a relationship with Him living in paradise. His life sustained us and we were His image-bearers on earth. Our ancestors, Adam and Eve, rebelled against His rule and chose their own path. The spiritual life that He gave was severed and we were cursed, held guilty under the fate given to rebels.
Throughout history, people have tried to earn their way back into a right standing with God, but the debt was too great and continued to pile up as we continued a life apart from God.
God however, out of His deep love for us, chose to pay the debt Himself. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, left heaven and came to earth to live the God-filled life we should have lived and also to die the rebel death that we should have died. It was on the cross that Christ took our full debt upon Himself. God's punishment was poured out upon Him, instead of us.
After three days, God raised Jesus from death, never to die again. All honor and glory and power was given to Him. It is because of Jesus' sacrifice that anyone who desires to turn from their rebellion against God and follows Him, can and will be given back the life and the union with God that we once had.
Today, our focus is to live in the freedom Christ bought us. Now that we are once again in union with God, we can live our lives as His image-bearers showing the world who God is and what He is about. It is in this period that we await the return of Christ who will remake the world, bringing an end to injustice, sorrow, and evil, restoring all things to God's original intent. Our relationship with God, others and creation will be healed and whole. In this is what we hope. And this is what we are learning to live out now as we wait upon our Lord.