About ten thousand years ago, God took six days and created the earth, the plants, sun and moon, animals, and then people (Adam and Eve). Unfortunately, they chose to sin against God. God is perfect (sinless), so the friendship between God and people was destroyed.
Take it easy... The Good News is coming!
Adam and Eve were sorry for what they did, but it was too late. There was nothing that they, or anyone could do to fix things... or was there?
You see, the punishment for sin is death. And when sinful people die they have to go to hell and be separated from God forever.
God didn't want to be separated from the people that He created. He made us and He loves us. His love doesn't stop when we sin. He hates sin, but He still loves us! So, right then and there, in the Garden of Eden, God promised that someday He would send His Son to take the death punishment for us, and restore (fix) the friendship between God and people!
Here's where it gets really interesting! You know about Christmas don't you? Of course you do, Santa Claus and presents, but it's more than just that! You've seen pictures and statues of the baby in a little box of hay surrounded by his parents, sheep, and those guys dressed in funny costumes? Guess what!? Christmas is the celebration of God sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth! Wow! Get it? "CHRIST - mas" ("mas" is an old word for celebration).
Jesus Christ's life is recorded in the Bible ("Bible" comes from an old word for book - the Bible is the most important book in history, so we literally call it THE BOOK). Four men wrote about Jesus' incredible life. They were Matthew (a tax collector), Mark, Luke (a doctor), and John -- read their stories when you can.
Jesus never sinned (He was God), but He did get hungry, tired, hurt, and sad (He was a real person). Jesus told everyone that He was the Messiah (the one to take the death punishment), but many people didn't believe Him. He told them that He could take the death punishment away because He was God. They didn't want to hear that, so they decided to kill Him.
If you've ever seen pictures of a man nailed to a cross, you know how horrible it is. It's terrible to think that people could have been so mean and kill God's Son... but remember, God had a plan!
Jesus Christ died the day they nailed Him to the cross. That evening they took Him down and wrapped Him up in sheets. They put Him in a cave and sealed it tight -- the governor even put guards at the front of the cave (to find out why, read Matthew's story chapters 27 & 28). Three days went by and everyone was sad that their friend and Messiah was dead... but remember, God had a plan!
If you know about Christmas, maybe you know about Easter? Not the bunny and egg story, but about what happened three days after they buried Christ. Easter is the celebration of Jesus coming back to life again! Sorry, I'm getting ahead of the story...
After three days, two of Jesus' friends came by to see the cave -- and it was open! The cave was empty and the sheets that used to be wrapped around His body were empty too, but they weren't moved a bit. It was just like He vanished from the sheets! Later, Jesus Christ came to see all of His friends and remind them that they must tell others that He had taken the death punishment for everyone! They must tell the GOOD NEWS!
I think you'll agree with me, this really is Good
News! Everybody sins, we do things that hurt God, other people and even ourselves. We
can't be God's friends when we sin. But Jesus Christ can take our sin away.
If you are sorry for your sin and would like to be God's friend here's all you have to do. Talk to God (Christ made this possible!). He's everywhere, and he's right there with you, now!
Was that Good News or what?!