Why do we even need a savior? To figure that out, let’s backtrack to the beginning. We all know how that went: Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. God says, “You can eat from every tree except the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.”
The Devil slithers in and talks them into eating from the big “no-no” tree. And that’s how they discovered doing evil, and at the same time this action of disobedience to God separated them from God. Through their disobedience and allowing evil to enter into their beings, they removed themselves and their descendants, us, from the fellowship with God that mankind had in the very beginning. They had to leave the Garden of Eden and the intimacy with God that they had there.
God gave man freedom of choice and a chance to come back into fellowship with Him. But as time went on, mankind became more removed from God and His love through sin, disobedience, and rebellion to God’s laws. So God in His great love came to earth in the person of Jesus to bring us back into fellowship with Him.
That’s why we need Jesus. Because through believing in Him and receiving Him into our hearts as our Savior, we receive eternal life once this earthly life is over, and we are reunited with God forever! It completes us. That’s what “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life” (John 3:36) is talking about.
So basically, Adam and Eve’s sin caused mankind to be separated from God. Only perfection would be able to get us back into fellowship with God. Of course, no one is perfect. So are we doomed to be lost forever? No. When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He gave us the greatest gift of all—salvation—the gift of being forgiven for our sins and receiving eternal life—so that we can go to heaven and be eternally reunited with God when our earthly bodies die. No one else can give eternal life to humankind. Though there have been many amazing, incredible, and heroic men and women throughout history, and even many modern-day heroes too, only Jesus has the power to give us salvation. Only God can bring us back to God.
Acts 4:12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved
Salvation is a gift. None of us deserve to receive salvation, but Jesus gave it to us as a gift. Have you ever been given a gift by someone just because they wanted to give you a gift? You didn’t necessarily deserve that gift—it was given to you freely. Well, not only did we not deserve to receive the gift of salvation, the truth is that we deserve the punishment of death for our sins:
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord
And the awesome thing about salvation is that there is nothing that any of us could do to get it except to simply receive it and accept it as a gift that we don’t deserve. None of us could ever be good enough to deserve it.
Ephesians 2:8–9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Let’s put it this way: God is perfect, and heaven is perfect, right? To be able to live with God in heaven, you would need to be perfect too. Can you imagine anyone ever living like that?
Just think: Perfect. Every. Single. Day. All day. Every day. Never angry. Never lie. Never disobey. Never do anything wrong at all.
Obviously, none of us could ever be like that, all day, every day.