STORY WITH THE OBJECT
A few years ago, I went to the beach one spring day. Since it wasn’t really hot yet, I didn’t pay attention to the warnings to use sunscreen to protect my skin from the dangerous rays of the sun. The next day I was as red as a lobster and suffered a terrible sunburn. The most dangerous thing about not protecting your skin isn’t just the chance of sunburn, but also the possibility of developing skin cancer later on.
TRANSITION TO THE SPIRITUAL
If we don’t pay any attention to the warnings about the importance of protecting your skin from the sun, we can suffer physical consequences in this life. In the same way, if we do not heed the warnings from God, we will suffer spiritual consequences after this life.
THE PROBLEM (LAW)
God has written his commandments in our hearts and we know what is right and what is wrong. Nevertheless, we haven’t paid any attention to his warnings. We have lied, we have dishonored our parents, we have spoken blasphemies and curse words, we have lived in sexual immorality, in short, we have lived our lives however we want without paying any attention to God.
THE CONSEQUENCES (ETERNITY)
God is holy and just, and one day he will do justice with each one of us. Each one of our sins deserves an eternal punishment because we have rebelled against him. The consequences for how we have lived are spending eternity in hell.
THE SOLUTION (CROSS)
Is there some way we can be protected on our day of judgement? Yes! In the same way that God is holy and just, he is also loving and merciful. Justice must be satisfied, so he himself satisfied it. God himself came to this earth as Jesus Christ, and he himself received the punishment for our sin on the cross. His resurrection demonstrates that the price of justice has been paid in full.
THE CALL (REPENTANCE AND FAITH)
If you want Jesus to protect you on your Judgement Day, you must repent of all your rebellions against him, and invite Jesus to take over your life and help you live for him.