Someone once said, “There is a God-shaped vacuum inside each of our hearts that can be filled only by God.” How true it is; isn’t it? Whether we admit it or not, that sense of emptiness deep inside our very being, an indescribable yearning...!
Often we try to fill this vacuum with wealth, love from others, comforts, sensual pleasures and so on, but all in vain! And it is even more surprising that no religious ritual, philosophy or even good works can fill this vacuum!
Yes, the Almighty and loving God alone can fill this emptiness; He alone can fill our innermost being with inexpressible love, joy and peace! But we know that the true God is the One who created and controls the entire universe, and He alone is worthy to be worshipped! If so, how can this holy God come into our hearts?
If we are honest to ourselves, we will agree on this one thing: we all have disobeyed our conscience knowingly or unknowingly many a time in our thoughts, words and deeds! It is this falling away from the character of God that the Bible calls ‘sin’: “…for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
Do you know what the punishment of sin is, in the eyes of the infinitely holy God? The punishment is that any one who has committed even the smallest sin should suffer in hell — an eternal separation from God! The Bible describes it in this way: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15). Jesus Himself said, “… in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 22:13).
But how can this loving God cast us, His dear creation, away into hell eternally? Even as God is infinitely loving, He is also infinitely holy, just and righteous. It will not be an act of justice if a righteous God does not give punishment for our sins just because we regret them, or perform some religious rituals, or do some good deeds.
Can a judge in a court of law avoid punishment, even if the culprit is his own son? No. But since he loves the son so much, that judge can declare a lawful penalty for the offence, then pay that penalty himself and thus free his son! This is exactly what God did for us.
For that very purpose, the Almighty God incarnated as a human being in Jesus Christ about 2000 years ago! He lived for thirty-three and a half years, setting an example for us to live by. In fulfillment of the prophecies of the Bible, Jesus was cruelly crucified on the Cross of Calvary… It was the endless misery of hell-fire which you and I had to suffer for endless ages … that Jesus endured for our sake during those three hours on the Cross with deep pain and agony …!
What we behold on the Cross is that tender heart full of love and compassion unwilling to cast us into hell!! The Word of God says: “… God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). And Jesus rose again, conquering death, which is man’s greatest enemy.
Just as that judge did, the Lord Jesus also paid the penalty for our sins on the Cross! But the son in the court of law can become free only if he accepts the penalty paid by his father. Likewise we also can be free only if we believe deep inside our hearts that Jesus bore the punishment of hell for us! Otherwise we will be choosing to suffer the vacuum in this life and eternal hell-fire after death…
If there was any other way for the forgiveness of sins, then there was no need for Jesus to undergo such a brutal and shameful death. Yes, “Salvation is found in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12).
Any person in any condition can freely and easily receive this salvation by repenting of his/her sins and trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ who paid the penalty of sin! There is no need for religious conversion or to join any organization for this; because Jesus never founded any religion or organization. Jesus always stood against man-made traditions and systems! He always exposed the hollowness and hypocrisy of those who earn money, man’s honour and fame in the name of God (even in the name of Jesus)!! So it is Christ, not the religion of Christianity, that we should follow!
Jesus says: “Come to Me, all who are weary and who are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).
“…the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.” (John 6:37).
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” (John 14:6).
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).
“But seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things (material needs like food, clothing, healing etc.) shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33).
This Jesus is calling you too… His eyes full of love and compassion are even now gazing at you… If you believe that this Lord Jesus is able to take away all your sins, burdens and emptiness, then you can open your heart and say this prayer right now to Jesus:
“My loving Jesus, thank You for dying for my sins, and rising from the dead to give me eternal life! Cleanse my sins with Your blood shed on the Cross, and come into my heart now. Fill me, Jesus, with Your love, joy and peace! Thank You for hearing my prayer.”
Yes, let us live for Jesus with our hearts filled with His love, leaving behind all discouragement and emptiness forever! May the Lord bless you richly!