Imagine with me for a moment that you’ve just bought groceries. You’re loading them into the backseat and you realize there’s a man leaning against the car next to you. He’s been waiting for you.
“Would you please give me some groceries?” he asks.
You respond rather abruptly, “You don’t know me! Why are you asking me for groceries?”
He replies, “If you knew who I was, you’d be asking me for groceries and I would give them to you. Anyone who receives groceries from me will never have to buy them again.”
Where’s the cameras?
Thinking this is one of those television reality shows, you play along, “Sir, give me these groceries so I don’t have to keep coming to the grocery store.”
Instead of bringing out the cameras, he begins listing everything you’ve done in your life, the good and bad, and even things no one else knows. He begins detailing your darkest secrets and you look around to make sure no one else is listening. You feel ashamed and embarrassed hearing him say what you did out loud. You turn back expecting to find him looking at you with disgust and condemnation, but you only see eyes full of love and compassion.
Is he an angel?
How could he know so much about you? You perceive something supernatural is happening and ask, “Are you an angel or a prophet? If so, tell me, which god is the true god? There’s so many.” And he explains that a time is coming when you will worship the One True God in spirit and in truth.
Not understanding, you say, “Help me understand. I’ve heard the verse…For God so loved the world that he gave his only son…but who is he and what does he have to do with me? How will I know him when he comes?”
Then the man declares, “He is the one speaking to you. You feel guilt and shame because I mentioned things you’ve done wrong, but don’t worry. There’s coming a day very soon when I will be arrested and severely beaten. I’ll be stripped naked and whipped and forced to carry a heavy wooden cross up a hill. Then, I’ll be nailed to it by my hands and feet and left to die, but I do it willingly. Do you want to know why?”
“What? You don’t even know me! Okay, apparently you do, but I still don’t understand. Why would you suffer something so terrible for me?”
Because real love offers real life.
In a voice you could never forget, he answers, “Because my Father and I love you! We want you to be free of your guilt and shame. You’ve had so much sorrow, but I’m here to offer you something better. Our love is the real thing and we’re offering it you so you can have a real life! Not like you have now, but an eternal one without sorrow. No one will be sick again and there’ll be no more death. To get this life, you must first believe that I am God’s Son and second, live your life loving God and loving others. Then my Father will give you all the treasures of heaven.
So moved by what he said, you invite him to stay with you a few days so he can continue to teach you. You even invite all your family and friends over so they can hear him, too.
A similar story from long ago.
Okay, so that really didn’t happen, right? Oh, but it did to a woman living in a place called Samaria. Check out her full story in the Bible in the book of John 4:1-42. It’s very similar to our imaginary story. One day, she went to draw water from the town well and Jesus was there waiting. He told her everything she’d ever done and even knew she’d had 5 husbands and was living with another. She was also apparently rejected by the town’s women because they drew water in the cool of the day, but she came in the hottest part of the day in order to avoid their scorn. She was one of “those” women. Jesus explained the way to heaven and offered her a real life, one where she’s not rejected, but unconditionally loved. He gave her the chance to wipe the slate clean, put her past behind her, and live a life overflowing with new purpose and joy…and she grabbed onto it. She then ran back to town and told everyone about what Jesus had done for her. Now, he’s here waiting to do the same for you.
Because we’ll never obtain it on our own.
We spend our lives trying to create the perfect life by marrying the perfect person, buying the perfect home, and having 3 perfect children, but then something happens. Life doesn’t turn out the way we thought it would. Maybe our spouse leaves or our kids turn against us, so we’re constantly searching for more happiness. Even if we find it, it doesn’t seem to last. Sooner or later we experience broken hearts and disappointment. We mess up and do things we shouldn’t and then have to deal with the consequences.
God made a way for us.
God created this amazing place called heaven with no crime, disease, divorce, or abuse. It goes beyond paradise, but just like everything else, it comes with a price. The cost is perfection and none of us can afford that. Everyone ever born has sinned in some way and God said the consequence for sin is death.
So God sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to be perfect for us. He lived a sinless life and then paid for the consequences of our sin by dying, his life for ours. When we believe this, God sees us as perfect, then sends His Spirit to help make this present life more enjoyable and to give us a glimpse of what heaven will be like. He heals our hurts, gives us wisdom to make better decisions, and fills our lives with good things.
Real love offers us a real life.
Yes, that’s good news! We don’t have to stay in a miserable life. Jesus wants to give us a better one and when Jesus gives us his love, we never have to search for love again. When he gives us his perfected life, we don’t have to try and create our own.
The Son of God is here offering you a real life today. Do you want it? Then just say, “Sir, give me this real life so I never have to search for it again!” And poof, your new life begins!
P. S. Please tell me if you started this new life in the comment section below. I want to congratulate you. I can also show you the next steps to finding some unbelievable treasures in your new life.