Hi, my name's Jeremy Chambers. I'd like to share with you a message that has changed my life,
It's changed many people's lives -- it's a message from the Bible.
And I'm going to share it with you through this little cube...it's called an Evangecube.
Now, it may look a little cheesy at first, but bear with me...
In this cube is perhaps one of the most important messages that you may ever hear in your entire life.
I share this with people all over the world and have seen its message (the message from the Bible) change people's lives.
This light represents God. God is perfect and just. The Bible says that He is holy and in Him, there is no sin.
This little man represents all of mankind -- you, me, everyone -- and the darkness around him represents the sin.
The problem is that we have sinned and our sins have separated us from God.
The Bible says in Romans 3:23 that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
That means that we have sinned -- done wrong things -- and have fallen short of God's standards.
Perhaps it can be illustrated like this -- imagine you had a dog...
and let's say the dog was outside and it was raining and muddy, and the dog is rolling around in the mud.
And you're inside and you're cleaning your house, spending the whole day vacuuming,
cleaning everything because your friends are coming over.
You want your dog to come into the house, because you love your dog, and you hear him barking at the door,
but before the dog can come into the house, he needs to be cleaned. That's the same way it is with us and God.
God wants us to be in His presence, but before we can enter in, our sins need to be cleansed.
This poses the largest dilemma to ever exist -- how can sinners be in the presence of a Holy God?
Well, God being all wise came up with a perfect solution -- He sent His Son Jesus.
Jesus came and died on the Cross.
In order to understand why He would die on the Cross, you need to understand something about the nature of sin.
The Bible says that the payment of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.
And if we've all sinned, then we all deserve to die.
So God has to punish us, but He also loves us.
Jesus came to us, took the punishment that we deserved, and died on the Cross.
Jesus was without sin.
The Bible says in John 3:16 that God so loved the world, that He sent His only son,
that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.
This can be illustrated as follows -- the story I'm about to tell you is not a true story --
it's just an illustration...
Imagine years ago that there was a king with a large kingdom, and he says, 'There can be no stealing,'
but there was a thief, and he kept on stealing. And he said, 'If we catch the thief, he'll get twenty lashes.'
But the stealing continued, so he raised the level of the punishment and said, 'We'll give him forty lashes if we catch him!'
Finally, they caught the thief, and to everyone's amazement and horror, the thief was the King's mother -- a little old lady!
Now, she could have had anything she wanted, but she continued to sin.
She continued to steal.
So the whole nation wondered, what would this King do?
If he fulfills the law, he would let this lady get beaten with 40 lashes, and usually only the strongest of men could handle that.
And what kind of King would let his mother die that way? Doesn't he love her?
Yet the nation also said, 'If he lets her off the hook, what kind of King will break his own law?'
So on one hand, the law has to be upheld, and on the other hand, the king is struggling because he loves his mother.
So the day of the punishment arrived, and everyone watched to see what the king would do,
and when the executioner raised the rod to beat the old lady on the back, the King came out and he said, 'Wait!'
He put his arms around her, and he said, 'Let the execution continue'
And the beating was on his back. This way, the King fulfilled the law, and he demonstrated love.
The law said that someone had to pay, and he took that payment in her place.
That's what Jesus Christ did for us on the Cross ~2000 years ago.
He took the punishment that we deserve on Himself, and yet He was holy and without sin.
He didn't deserve that punishment.
Now, Jesus was in the tomb for three days, and they put guards on the tomb so that nobody would steal the body,
but on the Third Day, just as Jesus had predicted, He rose from the dead.
Now you may be thinking, 'That sounds crazy!' But bear with me for a second.
If Jesus was God in human form, then He would have power over life and death, and He would be able to raise from the dead.
That's what Jesus did -- He defeated death, and He defeated sin.
And now because of that payment, Jesus is the Way to Heaven.
Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Me."
We can be forgiven of our sins -- the Bible says the payment of sin is death,
but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.
It's not enough to believe this in your head. The Bible says that even the demons 'believe' in Jesus,
and they're afraid, but the demons are not going to go to Heaven. Head knowledge isn't enough.
Genuine faith is important. Here's an illustration of what faith is:
You may have seen many tightrope walkers,
and imagine a tightrope walker stretching out his rope across a giant waterfall,
and he walks across, the crowd watches, and they all cheer,
and he does tricks on the way back, juggles, and everyone's amazed...
but finally, he asks the crowd, 'How many of you think I could put someone on my back and carry them across?'
They're all like, 'YEAH!' But then he asks for a volunteer, and they all get quiet!
Because suddenly, they believe he could do it, but they're not willing to put their faith in him to take them across!
It's the same way with us and Christ. Many of us believe that Jesus may have been raised from the dead,
but we actually need to put our faith in Him and follow Him, and to submit our lives to His lordship.
You can do that right now. The Bible says that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord,
and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you are saved.
If you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of our unrighteousness.
I can lead you in a prayer right now, and we can speak those words of faith up to the Lord.
You can repent of your sins and be forgiven!
But remember, it's not just the words -- it's not the head knowledge that saves you.
The Lord is looking in your heart -- He knows your heart. He sees if there is true faith.
Pray with me please....
Dear Lord, I know that I am a sinner, and that my sins have separated me from You.
I confess my sins, and I ask You to forgive me. I ask You to change my life.
Give me faith. Become Lord of my life. I submit to Jesus Christ -- I want to follow You.
I pray these things in Jesus' Name, Amen.
Now on the back here, there is a little bit of a follow-up...
If you made that decision and put your faith in Jesus Christ, and you really meant it,
you see this little heart on the cube -- it represents the love of God...
Not only does God love us, but we are to love others, and to show love to those around us.
The Bible says that if we love Him, we will obey His commands.
We can learn His commands, as this book symbolizes, by reading the Bible.
We need to read the Bible on a daily basis -- the Word of God is like a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.
This kneeling person represents Prayer. Prayer is talking to the Lord, like we just did.
This is something that we should constantly be doing -- always communicating with the Lord.
These are essential to growing in Christ.
This handshake represents Fellowship. The Christian life is not simply a 'lone ranger' life.
It's walking with the Lord and walking with others.
When we go to church, when we meet with other Christians, we have accountability and encouragement.
We need this! Finally, this Globe with a Cross in it symbolizes that we need to tell others about Jesus Christ.
Who do you know in your life who does not know Jesus Christ? Who do you know who does not have this hope? Tell them!
Thank you for your time!