now everything is being made new.
After dying on the cross and being buried, Jesus was brought back to life physically three days later. This served to prove that he has defeated death, once-for-all, so that the payment of his sacrifice can now be applied to our account. Jesus lived and died in our place. And now, if we claim Jesus’ sin payment as our own and choose to live in obedience to God for the mercy that he's shown to us, we receive Jesus' righteousness and have full forgiveness from God for every sinful thing we've ever done or will do.
After his resurrection, Jesus left Earth and went to be with his Father in heaven but sent the Holy Spirit to teach, guide, help, comfort and empower us. Though Jesus is now in heaven, we believe that there is a day when he's coming back to Earth. On that day, God will judge the sinfulness of all those whose sins haven't been forgiven through what Jesus has done. Tragically, whether at the end of their natural life or at Jesus’ return those who don’t trust in Jesus’ sacrifice for them go to a place called hell to be separated from God forever and punished for the sins they have chosen to commit in this life.
But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Those of us who trust in Jesus instead have the joy of living eternally with the God who loves us! In this life, we are made into new people with new natures that are liberated from the destructive sinfulness and spiritual death that we were bound to. This means that we don’t have to earn our way back to relationship with God by trying harder or doing enough good works - we couldn’t do that anyway. Instead, we're able to simply rest in what Jesus has done for us and enjoy renewed relationship with God forever. After we die, the Bible tells us that we will rise like Jesus did and forever inhabit a new, recreated, once-again-perfect Earth.
We now live our lives as a reflection of the love God has shown us. We remember Jesus’ sacrifice by taking communion and follow his example by being dipped under water in baptism once we have made the decision to follow him. We live in obedience to God’s commands as revealed to us in the Bible. We love and serve those around us. Since this story is good news for everyone everywhere, we share it with others so that they might also experience this renewed relationship with God and find life and ultimate joy forever.