God has given us a way to get back on course, his very own son!  “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”(Rom 5:8 NIV)  We could never do enough to earn our way into heaven or pay the penalty for our rule-breaking ways, but God still made a way for us to come back to him.  We like to think that we can make ourselves good enough for God, but the truth is, all of our attempts fall short.

What we really need is a substitute, someone who could act in our place, obeying perfectly, living the righteous life we aren’t capable of.  Jesus offers us himself in the ultimate trade.  We get credit for his perfection, and he takes the punishment we deserve.  Jesus ran the perfect race (lived a sinless life), and therefore he alone is qualified to take our place.  He died on a cross (an instrument of torture and execution) to take away our sin, and offers forgiveness to us all.  “Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.  He was put to death in the body, but made alive by the Spirit.” (1 Pet 3:28 NIV)

Not even death could defeat Jesus, as he rose from the dead and lives to this day!  As an athletic record loses it’s power once its been broken, so death has lost it’s power since Jesus rose from the grave.  Those who belong to him can also share in an abundant and victorious life on earth as well as eternal life with him in Heaven.  So how do we respond to this incredible offer?  What does it take to finish on the podium? CONTINUE

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