GOD. He created Heaven and Earth, and every living creature that dwells in it. Then, He made us. The Scriptures describe God as perfect, holy, just, and righteous. When He spoke, "Let Us make man in Our image, in Our likeness...", His intentions were to make man just like Him, and man's assignment in the earth was to "Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth." Man was in perfect fellowship (connected) with God; holy as God is holy. Righteous as God is righteous.
Sin broke the oneness man had with God. God cared so much for His creation, but He knew man couldn't live in a state of sin. The only way man could be restored was by trading sin for perfection. So, He became our example in the person of Jesus Christ. He came to earth, lived sinless, and bore God's wrath upon Himself. In doing this, He fulfilled the Father's requirement, and restored our right to have fellowship with God again.
...because He loves us.
God's ultimate desire is laid out in Ephesians 1, and it's all driven by God's love for you. You may ask, "Why does God love me?" You bear the image of God. You are created in His image and likeness. How do we know God loves us? He gave. The person of Jesus proves God's love for us. So where do we fit in? How does this take effect in our lives? Believing by FAITH.
Before Jesus came, God's own people could not openly go to God. They were sinful, and there was broken fellowship, and therefore only those who were pure in body and Spirit could go into the presence of God (Psalm 24). Not anymore...
"Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]." Hebrews 4:16.
As believers saved by grace (God seeing us as though we never sinned) through faith (the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen), we have access to go to God. The only way to experience that fellowship is through accepting that Jesus took our place to save us from death and that He is Lord.
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If you’ve made the decision to allow Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, I want to help you take the next steps in your faith.