His love for you is so great that He did for you what you could not do for yourself: He sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world to die a substitutionary death on your behalf. Jesus put Himself in your place and took upon Himself the punishment for your sin.

Isaiah 53:1, written a thousand years before Jesus Christ, prophesied about His life and declared He would bear our sin, "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned-every one-to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all" (v.6). 2 Corinthians 2:21says: "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." Jesus paid a debt He did not owe because we owed a debt we could not pay. What would drive Him to such a sacrifice? 1 John 1:10 says, "In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation [payment] for our sins."

The only way to have our sin forgiven is to throw our arms around the gospel with our whole heart. Someone had to pay, and God's love sent His Son to get it done for you.

When you believe on Him, you give Him everything. You give Him your life. You trust in Him completely, so that if you were to die today and stand before God, and He asked you, Why should I let you into heaven? you'd answer, "You shouldn't, Lord. I can't believe I'm even here. But I trust in what Jesus did on my behalf on the cross. I'm here because of Him. His work is the total basis for my forgiveness. It's because I accepted Jesus' payment for my sin."

This is the gospel, my friend. Have you chosen it for yourself?

Excerpt from 10 Choices: A Proven Plan to Change Your Life Forever, Chapter 2, "I Choose Forgiveness"
For more on this resource by Dr. James MacDonald, visit here.

Born in London, Ontario, Canada in 1960 James received his Masters Degree in 1988 from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois and his Doctorate from Phoenix Seminary in 1996. James is founding pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel. Harvest Bible Chapel is a church based upon prayer, boldness in evangelism, exposition of God's Word, and contemporary worship. Harvest is composed of many new Christians and has grown to more than 7,000 worshippers in its sixteen-year history.

Listen to him now at oneplace.com