John 3::16 –
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Now that’s not an original beginning, but it does open the conversation.
Some would immediately categorize me as a Christian. The problem I have with that is we need to have the same definition of the term to converse intelligently.
Christian – Christ like. One who has put his faith and trust in the life, death & resurrection of Jesus.
Isa 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
Luk 1:26-28 NKJV – Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
Luk 1:30 – 31 NKJV – Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.
Luk 1:34 – 35 – Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
His Life – meaning He was born of Virgin Mary and the Holy Spirit.
Isa 53:5 NKJV – But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
Isa 53:11 – 12 NKJV – He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.
His death – meaning He died on a cross after being beaten. His death was arranged by God the Father as payment for the sins of the world, all mankind ever to have walked this earth.
Mar 16:9 NKJV – Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons.
Mar 16:14 NKJV – Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.
Act 1:2 – 3 NKJV – until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
His Resurrection – meaning He came back to life on the third day after His death by the power of the Holy Spirit. Not only did He come back to life, but He was seen by the eleven disciples (Judas was dead by then) and many, many other people. He ate, drank and lived for forty days on the earth before ascending to Heaven in front of witnesses.
Now, I am well aware I am long-winded. This being the case, no one should be surprised that this only concludes the preamble to our discussion.
Just what we have covered so far seems ample evidence that our Heavenly Father has gone to great lengths to spare us eternal damnation. But, let us look at some additional scriptures.
Deu 30:19-20 NKJV – “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
2Ch 7:14 NKJV – “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Isa 30:15 NKJV – For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not,
Isa 30:18 NKJV – Therefore the LORD will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.
The Redeemer was also established as a light to the Gentiles (non-Jewish people)
Isa 49:6 NKJV – Indeed He says, ‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob, And to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.'”
Isa 60:3 NKJV – The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.
Isa 59:1-2 NKJV – Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.
Isa 59:20 NKJV – “The Redeemer will come to Zion, And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” Says the LORD.
Jer 29:11-13 NKJV – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Eze 33:8-9 NKJV – “When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. “Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
Eze 33:11 NKJV – “Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’
These scriptures are just a sampling of the lengths our Heavenly Father went to redeem not only Israel, but ALL mankind!
In the new testament two of my favorite verses are found in Ephesians and Colossians.
Eph 2:10 NKJV – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Eph 2:14-15 NKJV – For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,
Col 2:13-15 NKJV – And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
These scriptures are comforting because they tell us the work that Jesus completed for us. We were found guilty by the Ten Commandments. Unable to keep the Law, how then would we be Saved? Jesus gave us His righteousness (He was able to walk in the flesh, yet not sin), so that we could have fellowship with our Father God again.
 Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?  Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself.  Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us. – Rom 8:32-34 NLT