Iam amazed at the unbelievable offers that flood my email box every day. Recently I added up the offers of free money that came to me in a week, and my ‘winnings’ totalled millions. But each of those offers was a fraud. Every one—from a small prize to a huge offer—was nothing but a lie sent to squeeze money from me.

We’re all vulnerable to fantastic offers—to scams that in reality pay out nothing but trouble. We are offered false hope that ends in dashed dreams.

There is one offer, however, that is genuine, though fantastic beyond belief. It’s the offer God makes to us—salvation through faith in Jesus’ finished work on the cross: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). It is an offer that cost Him greatly—and we get the benefits. The book of Romans tells us, “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification [being right with God]” (4:25 niv).

By saying yes to salvation, we can have hope (Titus 1:2), peace (Rom. 5:1), forgiveness (Eph. 1:7), amazing riches (2:7) and redemption (4:30). This is the real deal. Jesus’ death and resurrection guarantees it.

Our salvation was infinitely costly to God, but it is absolutely free to us.


Dave Branon


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