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He continues: “You see, about two thousand years ago, God came to earth in the form of a man, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He was born of a virgin and lived a perfect, sinless life. At about age thirty he began a three-and-a-half-year ministry which involved preaching the gospel, training disciples, and perform-ing many miracles. Sadly, most of his own people Israel rejected him and had him crucified. But actually, this was all part of God’s plan. When Jesus suffered and died on the cross, God put every sin of everyone who would ever live on him; that is, he bore our sins as if he himself was guilty and he satisfied God’s justice with his death. The Bible says ‘Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for those of the whole world.1

Of course, as we’ve already seen, this doesn’t mean that everyone will be saved. The only thing that separates believers, who will go to heaven, from unbelievers, who will go to the lake of fire, is faith – putting your trust in Jesus’ payment for your sins on the cross. At one point a jailer asked two Christians, ‘“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.2”’ It doesn’t say ‘be baptized,’ ‘go to church regularly,’ or even ‘try to clean up your life’; just ‘believe’. John 3:16 is the most famous verse in the whole Bible. It says ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal

life.’ Again, there is just one condition for salvation: believing or

trusting in Jesus’ payment for our sins in our place.”

What do you say?

c. “Interesting. Please go on.” Go to page 17.

d. “Wasn’t Jesus just a good man?” Go to page 26. 1 – 1 Jn 2:2, 2 – Acts 16:30b-31a