Back says: If you stood on the good-o-meter scale, what would the verdict be? Are you a good person? Most people think they are. God’s law says, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart & with all your soul & with all your might.” But we have all loved other things more. We have broken God’s law by lying, stealing, looking with lust, having hatred, not being content, & blaspheming His name. God sees lust as adultery & hatred as murder. Failure to love God is not trivial - it is treason. Since God is just, He does not sweep these crimes under the rug. We deserve to be punished. “For the wages of sin is death.” “The soul who sins shall die.” “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law.” Because we have sinned against the eternal God, the punishment is hell for all eternity. But God is both just & loving. His love is willing to meet the demands of His justice. This is why God sent forth His Son, who is fully God & fully man. He came to die on a cross, absorbing the wrath of God & bearing the curse for all who will repent (turn from their sins) & trust in Him. He died, was put in a tomb & rose from the dead on the 3rd day proving that His sacrifice is all-sufficient. “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus did not die for good people, but for depraved, unrighteous people living in willful rebellion against their Creator. All humanity is bad. Only Jesus is good. He stands on the scale & it is His goodness that is accounted to those who believe. Is Jesus standing on the scale for you? He is our only hope of obtaining a right standing with God! Those who are justified by faith, have peace with God through Jesus’ substitionary death on their behalf. Jesus the Christ should be the focal point for all of life - family, church, education, government, etc. King Jesus is reigning from His throne, & one day, “every knee shall bow & tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord.” Check out seedshakers.com for more info.