Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT) “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
God gave us the ultimate gift of salvation in Christ Jesus, his one, and only son. “He (Jesus) took our suffering on him and felt our pain for us. We saw his suffering and thought God was punishing him. But he was wounded for the wrong we did; he was crushed for the evil we did. The punishment, which made us well, was given to him, and we are healed because of his wounds.” (Isaiah 53:4-5)
We will never be able to earn our way into heaven (salvation) by helping the needy, working with children in orphanages, going on trips to help with disaster relief efforts, or even by living a good and moral life. The only way we can receive the gift of Salvation is to accept what Christ did for us all on Calvary. He was beaten, flogged (pieces of his skin were torn off – he was basically unrecognizable), and nailed to a cross so that he (and he alone) could pay the price for our sin.
He died so we wouldn’t have to. He loves us that much.
He (Jesus Christ) is worthy of all our praise and worship, for paying our debt and pulling us from sin’s death-grip into his life-giving, arms of love.