“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 in the New Testament portion of the Bible

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

The gospel message is simple: Place your trust in Jesus Christ. But why would one do this? For those who follow Jesus, we do so because the Bible tells us God desires a relationship with us—we’re his creation after all—but we’re separated from him by our sin. So He sent his only son, Jesus, also God, to live among us. The scriptures testify that Jesus lived a perfect life, never doing wrong. A life without sin enabled him to pay the penalty for every person’s wrongdoing for all time by his death on the cross.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10

Three days after he died, Jesus came back to life having conquered sin and death for us. To have a relationship with God, one makes the decision to accept Jesus’ free gift of salvation by faith and to follow him.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

At any time and place, you can pray to accept the gift of God’s salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Or if you’re interested in learning more about Christianity and why we believe what we believe, you might want to check out one of these books:

The book of John or one of the other Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) in the New Testament portion of the Bible

More Than a Carpenter by Josh D. McDowell and Sean McDowell

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel