What is religion?
Religion literally means to ‘tie back’ and it is man’s effort to reconcile himself to God through following rules and regulations. However it does not satisfy God.
Religion is often expressed as a set of laws or rules and regulations. God Himself gave a set of laws known as ‘the Law’.
For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17)
In the Old Testament of the Bible God spoke to Moses the laws required of His people. They set a standard that no man until Jesus had been able to keep. It simply heightened man’s awareness of his sinfulness:
...because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:20)
The problem is not with the Law but with us – we cannot keep up to God’s standards. The Law has to be kept in its entirety, one slip and you have failed.
But Christ alone fulfilled the Law and made a new way into righteousness by faith in Him. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (Romans 10:4)
Scripture says "...and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness." (Hebrews 9:22b)
God required a perfect sacrifice – a righteous man, one who was innocent, to pay the price for man’s sin. That sacrifice was His only son Jesus.
Nothing else can or will satisfy God.
Religion cannot satisfy God. Our own efforts or good deeds cannot satisfy God.
Only the blood of Jesus Christ atones for everyone’s sin.
Jesus, God’s Son, is the Saviour – the only one who can save us from sin and death.
If you believe in Him, you receive what He did on the cross for you. You agree that only Jesus can take away your sins by His death.
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:13)
Jesus took your sins upon Himself that you, believing on Him, might be free from sin. Jesus rose up from the dead that you, believing on Him, might share in His life.