Hey! My name is Jaden Cook. I was born in Northern Virginia but raised in the hills of East Tennessee. I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home. My father and mother taught me to believe the Word of God and they took me to church every time the doors were open. So at a very young age I learned how to act like a Christian. Many people would look at me say, “My, what a nice young man!” or “Aren’t you just wonderful!” A lot of people really thought that I was a good person, but I knew the truth. My parents knew the truth too. I was one of those people who was prim and proper when I was out in public but inside of the house I was a terror. I caused my parents more grief than I ever want to admit. I was the most defiant child. I would argue over the smallest and pointless things. I always had to have the last word. My pride was so swollen that I didn’t even care how it affected my family at the time. They would be completely right in telling me something or asking me do certain things, but in utter rebellion I would run the other way. I knew the truth, my parents knew the truth , but more importantly, God knew the truth. Compared to God and His glory, His greatness I am dirt. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23. This is exactly where I was! I was lost in my sin trying to fool those around me in public that I was good. I would do good things like use my manners, open doors for the ladies, finish my homework, and study to get straight A’s and ALL of that meant nothing. I was still lost in my sin. Because of my sin I deserved to go to Hell for all eternity. The Word of God says, “The wages of sin is death” Romans 6:23. That death speaks of a separation from the eternal, Almighty God of Heaven. That is exactly what I deserved and honestly, what I still deserve today.
Let me tell you why I will never taste the fires of Hell and why I will never be separated from God Almighty. It is only because God thought it good to send his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to this sin cursed world. Jesus was born of a virgin and never sinned once because he was God. Think about this, He was 100% man and 100% God. He was God therefore He could not sin. He became a man so He could take the death I deserve. I will spend my eternity forever in heaven with my Lord and Savior, because I have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ.