Here are the key elements by which we become reconciled to the Father. Each is vitally important. Any, if absent, could keep our new relationship from being complete.
Our condition: First, we must understand that we are separated from
God. The chasm dividing us is both wide and deep. We inherited a fatal
defect at birth. As a result, we have lived our lives independently from
him. The Bible emphasizes this stark reality: “For all have sinned and
fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). If we can’t come to grips
with the fact that sin separates us from God, we’ll never come home
spiritually, for there is no need for a savior.
God’s remedy: Second, we need to be very clear in understanding who
Jesus is and what he has done for us, in order that we might confidently
place our faith in him. He bridged the chasm separating us from God. In
the apostle John’s words: “For God so loved the world that he gave his
one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have
eternal life” (John 3:16).
Jesus was not just a good man, a great teacher, an inspired prophet.
He came to earth as the Son of God. He was born to a virgin. He led a
sinless life. He died. He was buried. He rose again on the third day.