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Why Jesus + Nothing = Everything

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When I was growing up in what was a somewhat legalistic and works oriented church, I had this mistaken idea that there was a lot I needed to do personally to ensure my salvation.  I accepted Jesus as my Savior, but had an underlying fear that my salvation could be lost if I was too bad, or made the wrong choices, or did not get baptized, or fill in the blank; the list is endless.  I cannot tell you if this was taught to me, or if it was just my perception of how things worked.  Either way, the older I got, the more frustrated I became because I could not in any way shape or form be “good enough” and there was a constant, nagging fear that I would be left behind.

Oh, I could look the part . . . I am by nature a rule follower. But deep down in side I knew how rotten I was and I was living in fear that I would not be among the ones who were saved.  No matter how hard I tried, I could not be perfect.

It was clear that I did not completely understand the nature of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross

Then I came across a verse I had read many times in Ephesians while preparing to teach it to a class of children.  The more I studied, the more it was clear that I did not completely understand the nature of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and as I dug deeper, I began to see how wrong my view was.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing: it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Salvation is a free gift from God!  His death on the cross enables a person to be seen by God as holy & blameless, not because of what we do, but because of what HE DID!  A wonderful sense of peace and joy permeated my soul. Assurance that I would never lose my salvation because of what Christ did on the cross.

His death on the cross enables a person to be seen by God as holy & blameless, not because of what we do, but because of what HE DID!  

Do you believe that Christ went to the cross for you, taking your guilt upon himself and enduring God’s judgment and wrath in your place?  If you do, then God has forgiven your sins, you are pardoned and cleared from the guilt of your sin in God’s eyes!  (see John 3:16) You do not have to do ANYTHING but believe!  No more trying to earn your way.  No more striving to look good on the outside while knowing your true inside.  Just humble submission to Jesus . . . what a relief!

Having faith and believing that Christ did it all because of his amazing grace has changed everything.  I am now free to do the good works that Christ prepared for me in the proper context. I can now walk in freedom without all the “add ons” I had propped myself up with.  My salvation was assured.  I am HIS!

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Darlene Hanson

About

Darlene was born in California but grew up in several states including California, Nebraska, Hawaii and Oregon. She has been married for 32 years to her wonderful husband Eric and they have two daughters. Lauren, who is married to DJ and Allie, who is married to Jesse. Allie and Jesse have two children, Jed and Riley. Darlene and her husband Eric have lived in Fresno for the past 25 years. Having their grand children close and being able to hang out with them is one of their greatest joys! They also take yearly mission trips to serve the Hill Tribe Villages in Northern Thailand. Another passion for them both is working with Fresno State Athletics helping to serve the medical needs of the student athletes and hosting monthly Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership meetings in their home. One of Darlene’s greatest privileges is to disciple young women.


  • Beth Nicoletto

    Thank you Darlene for such a good reminder! I often get lost in all my “to-do’s” I forget to rest in this Truth :)

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