"The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclesiastes 10:2
Would you die for your neighbor down the street? The one who curses as you drive by and thrown his trash in your yard? Would you die for the man who robbed your store, attacked your 13 your old daughter and murdered your wife? Would you die a horrendous, brutal death to save the life of a man like Adolf Schickelgruber Hitler? Jesus Christ did. He gave the opportunity for each of us to accept or reject the simple gift of Salvation, not by works, but by believing He is the Lord God, Who died for our personal sins and arose on the third day. A gift so many choose to reject.
Excerpt from ‘How Has God Loved Us?’ by Martin R De Haan II
How much does God love us? So much that the New Testament can say, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8) Through His suffering we see the terribleness of our own rebellion. Through His pain, we see the extent of God’s love for us. But if we now have a new way to understand how God has loved us, we are also ready for a new understanding of how to accept His love.
While Old Testament Jews had many reasons to believe in the love of God, the cross of Christ went far beyond anything they had ever seen. The substitutionary death of Christ makes it clear that no one has to earn God’s love. No one has to solve difficult riddles to win His favor. No one has to live up to the legal requirements of the law of God. No one has to crawl on his knees to compensate for past sins. No one has to do things, because God already loves us. He has already love us enough to sacrifice His own Son on our behalf.
All that remains is for us to trust what He has done. All we must do is believe that he has done for us what we could not do for ourselves (Rom. 4:5) The answer is found not by trying harder to please God — but by trusting what Christ has done for us. God’s love is offered to us in the form of a gift, not a reward.
This is the salvation which while coming through a Jewish Messiah …. is now offered freely to the whole world. “If you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with you mouth that you confess and are saved’ (Rom. 10: 9 – 13)