Religions of the world seek to do good for mankind in various ways, but Christianity has one distinct difference: Jesus paid the price to atone for the sin of man and make a way to God through His death on the cross. Not only that, He rose from the dead, overcoming sin and is alive today and forever. It is for this reason alone that you and I can live in victory.
- The truth about Christianity:
Just as there were many who were appalled at him—his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness. (Isaiah 52:14)
He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:3-5)
He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. (Hebrews 9:12)
The scriptures above clearly demonstrates our status in Christ. By His stripes, we are healed and therefore have peace. The price of freedom from sin was paid once and for all, giving us resurrection power to live in the abundance of Christ.
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. (Colossians 1:18)
- We need to Act on the truth by believing and accepting that Jesus died for our sin.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. (Matthew 13:45-46)
Jesus was the pearl of great value, and we need to sell everything so that we can have Him.
- Why should we embrace the truth?
What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. (Philippians 3:8-9)
Everything in this world is considered worthless compared to the knowledge of our Lord Jesus, the salvation we have in Him and the victorious life that comes with it.
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. (Hebrews 11:24-26)
Moses considered the treasures of Egypt worthless compared to his God.
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:58-60)
Stephen was willing to lay down his life for Christ, even while being stoned to death.
- How can we embrace the truth?
The common factor among these biblical figures is that they were each supernaturally visited by the Holy Spirit or angels and so received revelation.
“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth.” (John 14:15-17)
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth Who enables us to understand the things of God.
”All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” (John 16:15)
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:16-17)
Everything that we are and everything we can ever be comes from Him, and we are nothing without Him. Jesus is God’s precious gift to us.