WHAT IS CHRISTIANITY?
It’s about the Good News, the ‘Gospel’. It's good news about a person called Jesus.
So who is this Jesus? He's the Christ, the King who God Himself had promised to send, who would put everything right by setting up a Kingdom of justice and love.
He's also the Son of God - God Himself entering the world as a human being.
Jesus proved who He was by what He did. He healed people, He calmed storms, He raised the dead. By doing these things the King was giving a glimpse of life in His kingdom - a perfect place with no suffering, fear or death. It's the world we all want, but many people rejected Jesus. They thought they'd be happy, making their own rules and living outside His Kingdom.
This rejection of the King is something we all do. Jesus called it ‘sin’. It damages our lives and will eventually leave us separated forever from the joy of being in a Kingdom. God won't let those who reject the King live with Him, so we face what Jesus called ‘hell’ - an existence without anything good, forever.
People rejected the King so violently that they killed Him by nailing Him to a cross. But His death wasn't a mistake by God - it was a master stroke. On the cross Jesus was cut off from God's friendship and goodness. He chose to experience hell so that we don't have to. The sinless King died to save us from the punishment sin deserves.
Jesus was opening the way into his Kingdom.
Three days after His execution, His tomb was found to be empty, and over the next few weeks many ate with Jesus, dozens spoke with Him, and hundreds saw Him.
Jesus the King could not be contained by death - He had risen!
So today, right now, Jesus is inviting people to come into his Kingdom. He tells us to repent and believe the good news. ‘Repent’ just means to turn around: to live with Jesus in charge instead of ourselves. ‘Believe’ means to trust that Jesus has done everything we need to give us a place in His Kingdom.
Living with Jesus as King isn't easy; His followers will be rejected just as He was; but they also live a life of deep security, satisfaction and joy knowing God and His forgiveness. Being helped by His Spirit and looking forward to the King's return when He will finally establish His loving Kingdom forever.
Jesus offers all this to anyone and everyone who repents and believes.
How about you?
I WANT TO KNOW MORE
We'd love to help you get to know Jesus personally. So we'd like to offer you two leaflets about Him - one for children ('Who will be King?') and the other ('Two Ways to Live') for adults. There really are only two ways to live - with Jesus as your King, or not. And as Jesus reveals himself through the Bible - we'd love to give you one, free, as well.
Just email our Pastor, Dave Aarons, with your name, address and which leaflet you want, and if you want a Bible, and he'll do the rest. Post free.