"The spotless Son of God hung upon the cross, His flesh lacerated with
stripes; those hands so often reached out in blessing, nailed to the wooden
bars; those feet so tireless on ministries of love, spiked to the tree; that
royal head pierced by the crown of thorns; those quivering lips shaped to
the cry of woe. And all that He endured--the blood drops that flowed from
His head, His hands, His feet, the agony that racked His frame, and the
unutterable anguish that filled His soul at the hiding of His Father's
face--speaks to each child of humanity, declaring, It is for thee that the
Son of God consents to bear this burden of guilt; for thee He spoils the
domain of death, and opens the gates of Paradise. He who stilled the angry
waves and walked the foam-capped billows, who made devils tremble and
disease flee, who opened blind eyes and called forth the dead to
life,--offers Himself upon the cross as a sacrifice, and this from love to
thee. He, the Sin Bearer, endures the wrath of divine justice, and for thy
sake becomes sin itself." from
The Desire of Ages,
The Bible is the inspired Word of God and is profitable for correction, reproof,
and instruction in righteousness. (See 2 Timothy 3:16.)
That Jesus is the eternal, self-existent God and is not a created being. Even
though He is fully God, He took upon Himself the form of a man to live and die
for our sins. We also believe that He rose from the dead three days later.
That the penalty for man's sin was paid on the cross of Calvary in Jesus' death.
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). By believing on Jesus Christ and accepting
the grace of His shed blood, we receive the gift of eternal life. "Not of works,
lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:9).
Because we love Jesus for His sacrificial death, we want to obey Him as he
commands in John 14:15. We are not saved by our works. But, because we are
saved, we choose to keep His commandments as the guide for successful living.
That prophecy reveals Jesus is coming again very soon. (See
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