We believe as Christians that there is a God. Someone who is eternal (existing forever), holy (separate from sin and incorruptible), loving (as a father towards his son or daughter), all-knowing, and all-powerful. Of course, there are a lot of other characteristics of God but you get the gist of it. We also believe that God created us - Humans - just like Himself but without "God-like powers". Then He gave us laws to adhere to for our own good but unfortunately, we couldn't keep them. We did things our own way. It was just easier that way because we all could do whatever we fancied. It's like a little child without any parental guidance.
The problem comes from the fact that the laws of God meant there was punishment for not obeying them. This punishment ultimately was eternal separation from God. God didn't create hell for us but rather for the fallen angels. But it just so happened that us choosing our own way would mean the law would demand us to end up in hell. It's just like the laws of the country you are currently residing in. If you steal, there is bound to be a punishment. The jails aren't constructed with you in mind but you sure would end up there if you say, steal and break the law of the land.
This is where Jesus comes into the picture. You see God really loves us. He didn't want us to go to hell. So He had to come up with a way out so He could have us for Himself. One of his characteristics of being a Holy God meant that He couldn't just start disregarding the very laws He introduced. So God came up with a way out to save us from this eternal separation. He sent to us, Jesus Christ, who is God's own son. If you steal, you MUST serve jail time. There is no way out. Similarly, for our sins, God saw there was no way out. So Jesus was sent to take up that punishment for all of mankind. He couldn't just send anybody. It had to be someone who had no guilt of sin. He had to be someone who did nothing wrong. So Jesus was the only choice that God, the father had. Jesus Christ came down to this earth 2000 years ago and died for us on the cross to pay that ultimate price and take up our punishment.
Now the "jail sentence", if we can use that illustration, has been served. We are no longer required to serve that sentence for the sins we have committed in the past, present, or future (no matter how great they are). This does not mean we continue in our sinful way but that God's grace exists when we do. It's like having airbags in your car for protection. You don't go about crashing the car because you have airbags but rather the airbags are there in case you do crash by accident. Now, all we have to do is believe that He has indeed come down to this earth, paid the price for our sins, died for us on the cross, rose up again by God's Spirit on the third day, and set us free from a life of bondage and slavery to sin. It says in the Bible that Jesus is now sitting at the right hand of God. He promised while He was here on earth that He will go to prepare a place for us. So we believe, as Christians, that when we die, we will be in heaven, in that amazing place that God has prepared for us all.
You might have a lot of questions. We have missed out on explaining a lot of details in that illustration. That's okay. We are here to help. We want to help. All you have to do is reach out to us and ask. Ultimately, we just pray that God will reveal Himself to us. That He will make Himself known to you. Jesus offers the good news of salvation, healing, and hope. His invitation is for all people, all nations, all languages, whoever calls on His name. His name itself, Jesus, means 'God saves'. He came to bridge the divide between heaven and earth and to make a way for humanity to be restored to God. He gave his life in payment so that anyone can receive forgiveness and redemption.
His character and mission are to do good and to represent God, His father and now our father through Jesus. He says: "The Spirit of the Lord is on me. He has chosen me to be His representative to the poor and to preach good news to them. He sent me to tell those who are held captive that they can now be set free and to tell the blind that they can now see. He sent me to liberate those held down by oppression. To proclaim that now is the time; it is the year of the Lord’s favour." - Luke 4:18-19