|The simple Gospel|
God is holy, just and loving, and he has a plan for your life! He knew who you would before you were born - he has a special place only you fit in, but you need a personal relationship with God first.
Just so you can get a context, Let me give you a brief history. The first man, Adam, was once very close to God in the garden of Eden, but the first man sinned. Now we are all under the curse of sin and death.
In fact, God said of man, "there is none righteous, no not one. (read Romans chapter 3 & 6 in the Bible)"
Because of sin, we are separated from God. It is like a huge chasm that no man can pass over.
Jesus (the Son of God) paid the penalty for sin by , living a sinless life, dying on a cross, and raising from the dead so we could live with Him in heaven above.
God commands us to turn to Jesus and ask forgiveness for our sins. We *must* be saved.
God's holiness demands payment for sin (sin is wrongdoing).
God is love (and far different from what we normally call love).
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."God knew we couldn't pay our sin-debt - it would cost us our lives.
God is just - he can't go without punishing sin. Ouch.
The person who pays for the sin must be sinless. So God paid it himself and took the brunt of his own fierce wrath out on his son, for us.
Jesus, the God-man (God in the flesh), was the only one qualified.
It is somewhat like the judge who had a son who broke the law. He loved his son very much, but his son was in his court for committing a crime and he had to sentence him or he could not be a just judge.
"I find you guilty as charged." Down came the gavel... But then the judge did something unusual. He got out of his chair, took off his Judge's robe, went to the bailiff, and paid the fine.
God's Son paid a hefty fine for our deliverance.
God's requirement is that you admit to him that you are a sinner, confess your sins, and leave the sin behind, and make Jesus Lord of your life.