Once, gods were worshipped as the believers made images from the material at hand and offered prayers and sacrifices to win its favor. A man had little guidance other than what apparently appealed to his god, as his prayers were seemingly answered at times. In more advanced civilizations, temples and houses of worship were built to bring offerings and to express gratitude for answered prayers.
Christianity was born in the eastern Mediterranean area just north of Egypt as an outgrowth of the Jewish religion. The principal figure was Jesus Christ, the son of a young Jewish virgin. He was sent into the world as the “savior of the world,” who, as a young man, would be executed by the rulers and religious leaders of the Jewish faith. God sent his one and only son as the only person in human history to be born without sin and to die without ever committing sin of any kind.
God’s plan was to begin the one and only faith system by which he could communicate with all people who chose to be part of Christianity. As a belief system by which all can communicate with the founder of the universe, every one of us who chooses to believe in the one perfect human and trust what he tells us in the Bible will live forever.
God’s plan is the only plan from the beginning of time until the end of time based on love. God sent his one and only, perfect Son, Jesus Christ, into this selfish, sinful world as a sinless, unblemished, perfect Son to satisfy the requirement that the only effective sacrifice must be “perfect” and without blemish (sin). Jesus is the only human in human history to live without sin.
The Bible tells us: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whosoever believes in him shall not die but shall live forever” (John 3:16).
The Bible contains more than 500 uses of the word “love” to demonstrate his reason to write this love letter 2,000 years ago.
Thank you, Lord!
• Jim Bush, a chaplain, lives in Tracy. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.