The problem is, one thing separates you from a having a relationship with God, and that is sin. Whenever we sin, we fail to live by the God’s holy standard. In fact, Romans 3:23: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans explains that the penalty for sin is death—separation from God in hell forever. No matter how hard we try, we cannot save ourselves or get rid of our sins. We can’t earn our way to heaven by being good, going to church, or being baptized (Eph. 2:8-9).
God, the creator of the universe, has a plan for you and your life. He loves you and wants to help you because He made you—on purpose, with a purpose. He knows you need help. He knows you can’t do it on your own. Understanding how helpless we are because of our sins, God sent His only Son, Jesus, to save us.
You don’t have to measure up to some impossible religious standard to know God—you can’t, only Jesus can. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life, and then died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins (Rom. 5:8). Three days later, He rose from the dead—showing that He had triumphed over sin and death once and for all.