"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."        Mark 1:15
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With permission, excerpts of this message are loosely based on
Journey into the Gospel with Friends by Paul Washer

God can pardon a sinner when the penalty for sin has been paid.  And that, my friend, is exactly why you so desperately need Jesus Christ the Savior; unless of course, you want to pay the penalty yourself!  You see, Jesus lived a perfectly sinless life and was punished for sinners.  He was brutally beaten and shed His blood as He died a cruel death upon the cross, bearing the full wrath of God for sin.  “For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in  Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)  In other words, Jesus paid the penalty for sinners so that God sees the believer as perfectly sinless.  “He himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.” (1 Peter 2:24)  “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
(Ephesians 1:7)

After Jesus died, He was buried and on the third day He was raised from the dead.  This proved the demands of justice for man’s disobedience have been satisfied and the wrath of God appeased for all who will repent and believe the gospel.  Forty days after the resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven and is now the perfect mediator.  “For there is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.“ (1 Timothy 2:5)  You must agree with God that you are sinfully wicked, totally helpless to save yourself, and come to Christ, pleading for His mercy.  This is the only way to receive a full pardon, be declared righteous, and be reconciled to God.  “There is no other God besides Me, a righteous God and Savior; there is none except Me.  Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.“ (Isaiah 45:21, 22)   “The kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.“ (Mark 1:15)


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