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If you've never been to church but want to know about who Jesus was and the message he lived to pass on to us, you've come to the right place. Learning to emulate Jesus and implement his teachings can take a lifetime, but the message itself is fairly simple to relay. The most beautiful part of it is this: though we are all seperated from God when we enter this world, we can all be reconciled to God through choice. What choice is that? Jesus Christ.
In the Bible, God explains to us through the prophet Isaiah the cause of our separation from Him:
...your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear." (Isaiah 59:2)
Since our own sins stand between us and God—and because we are powerless on our own to remove the penalty that sin brings—the only solution is a divine act of grace. Christ's ultimate sacrifice of giving his life on the cross was that very act, as determined by God. So Jesus's life can be seen as our bridge to God. And without that bridge we are lost facing a deep chasm of emptiness.
The first half of Christ's message is one of hope, but the second half carries expectations for our choices and actions: we must be responsive to God's call to repentance before forgiveness and reconciliation can take place. Only when we make choices and take actions that reflect the core of Jesus's teachings (see Matthew 22:37-40) can we experience first-hand how reconciliation brings peace.