The Good News (Gospel)
A "Jesus nail" helps us to remember and explain Jesus' unique,
FOUNDATIONAL role in the gospel (good news) message. (
1Co 3:11, Eph 2:20)
Its bend, like the letter "J", represents Jesus' name.
Its nail represents Jesus' nail-pierced hands and feet.
Its 7, colored beads represent unique segments of the gospel message.
For each segment, 7 related Bible references are provided below:
God (gold represents royalty / preeminence / eternity)
God is the only capable and rightful Ruler of the universe.
God is the Creator. (
God is the Designer. (
God is the Sustainer. (
God is the Eternal King. (
God is God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. (
God is One God. (
Jesus created all things. (
Sin (black represents darkness / disobedience / death)
We did not trust God and, as a consequence, entered a dark world of sin.
We have sinned. (
We have walked in darkness. (
We have trusted ourself rather than God. (
Our heart has deceived us. (
A consequence of sin is harm (to ourself and others). (
A consequence of sin is physical death. (
A consequence of sin is eternal death. (
Jesus (red represents blood / love / sacrifice)
God sacrificed His only Son, Jesus, to save us from the penalty and power of sin.
God is Love. (
God does not want anyone to perish. (
God's love is so great that He sacrificed His only Son Jesus to save us. (
Jesus suffered and died for us on the cross. (
Jesus was resurrected from the dead and thus defeated death. (
Jesus is alive forevermore and ready to intercede for us. (
Jesus seeks a close relationship with us. (
Righteousness (white represents light / vision / purity)
By repenting from sin and accepting Jesus, His blood cleanses and restores us.
We need to trust Jesus and forsake our sins. (
If we confess our sins, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness. (
Through Jesus, we are cleansed as white as snow. (
Through Jesus, we are rescued from condemnation. (
Through Jesus, God forgives and also forgets our sins. (
Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life. (
Jesus is our Righteousness. (
Baptism (blue represents water / God's law / obedience)
With baptism, we publicly proclaim our new life in Jesus, join His church, and begin our walk with Him.
Jesus wants us to be baptized. (
Jesus, Himself, was baptized. (
Jesus wants us to join His church. (
We are proud of Jesus. (
Because we love Jesus, we obey His commandments. (
Because we love others, we obey His commandments. (
Jesus' commandments are not a burden. (
Health (green represents growth / fruit / service)
As we follow Jesus, we are transformed physically, mentally, and spiritually; and we grow in health, character, and service.
Through Jesus, we are transformed. (
We are saved by grace through faith, not by works. (
Good works are a natural result, and evidence of, genuine faith. (
God has ordained that we walk in good works. (
As we follow Jesus' example, we do what is right. (
Jesus offers us an abundant life. (
We are to give glory to God in everything we do, including a healthy lifestyle. (
Heaven (gold represents royalty / preeminence / eternity)
Jesus will soon return to resurrect the dead and to take us to Heaven, where we will eternally abide with God in paradise restored.
Jesus promised He will return to take us to Heaven. (
Jesus' rightful reign will be eternally restored. (
We will receive new, incorruptable bodies and immortality. (
God will recreate the earth as a restored paradise. (
Sin and its cursed effects will no longer exist in God's universe. (
Thinking of others, we share the good news with all people. (
Through great tribulation, we will wait for Him in faith and obedience. (
The number of beads (7) is a reminder of the 7th-Day Sabbath. Because we love God, we keep His commandments, including the 4th commandment, wherein God reminds us to keep His weekly Sabbath holy. The Sabbath is a gift from God, made for us, to spend an entire day every week developing our relationship with our family, with the family of God, and with God.
The Sabbath is the weekly memorial of the Creation.
Ge 2:1-3, Ex 20:8-11, Ex 31:13-17, Isa 58:13,14, Isa 66:22,23, Eze 20:12,20, Mk 2:27)
The Sabbath is the weekly memorial of salvation by faith (righteousness by faith).
Ex 20:1,2, Dt 5:15, Ro 6:16-18, Heb 4:2,4,9,10,14,16, Eph 2:8,9, Mt 11:28-30, Lk 13:10-17)