First Presbyterian Church

Of Burlington, Iowa

Jesus saves us from our own sin

Who is Jesus?

Fully God. Fully Man. Savior of the World.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. -John 3:16-17 WEB

This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ. -John 17:3 WEB

Why do we care?

We care because we know we are not perfect. We do things that are evil in the sight of God.

for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God -Romans 3:23

How does Jesus help us?

But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. -Romans 5:8 WEB

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to over five hundred brothers at once, most of whom remain until now, but some have also fallen asleep. -1 Corinthians 15:3-6 (This passage comes from a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the Church in the city of Corinth about Jesus' death and resurection.)

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me. -John 15:6 WEB

What am I supposed to do with this information?

If you haven't made a commitment already, commit to following Jesus' lead. There are two types of people in the world. People with Christ and people without Christ.

But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name: 13 who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. -John 1:12-13 WEB

for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast. -Ephesians 2:8-9

Following God means that our desire is to do what He wants and not do what He considers evil. Following Jesus does not require an intelectual or emotional experience. Making a commitment to follow Jesus does not mean we are instantly perfect. However, it does mean that God will work in our hearts to bring about the change he desires over time. It also means that our sins of the past have been forgiven.