Who is Jesus?
In His own words Jesus tells us that He is the Son of God (Luke 22:70). The Bible further expounds on what this means when Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Me.”. (John 14:6) In one of the best known passages of the Bible, Jesus also tells us that “For God so loved the world that He sent His one & only Son (Jesus) that whoever believes in Him might be saved” (John 3:16). So, God is telling us, here and in other verses, that Jesus is the Savior for all who believe in Him and the only way to God.
Why do I need Jesus?
The Bible (and your own eyes) makes it clear that we live in a sinful world. Murder, violence, theft, lying, gossip, etc. No one is immune. Even those of us that try really hard to be “good” still make mistakes. We lie (even with the best intentions) or we fudge a little here and there with money (that’s called theft). We think really horrible thoughts (even if we don’t act on them). We’re mean, spiteful, and rude – even if only occasionally. We blaspheme God (ever use His name as a curse word?). And that’s the best of us. The worst of us do things 1000 times worse. Things that are in many cases flat out evil. All of those things, from the little ones to the big ones are called “sin”. Every single one of us has sinned; there is no way around that. You are a sinner. I am a sinner. The person you just talked to on the phone is a sinner. 100% guaranteed. The Bible tells us “for all have sinned”. That’s not “some” or “most”. It says “all”. (Romans 3:23)
And sadly, that’s not the end of it. Not only are we sinners but have you ever noticed that there is something in us that no matter how hard we try to be good it just seems to pull us toward things that are bad? One early Christian wrote this: “I realize I don’t have what it takes. I decide to do good but I don’t really do it. I decide not to do bad but then I do it anyway! Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me…”. (Romans 7:17-20 Message). What that person, his name is Paul by the way, was writing about was the sinful “nature” that is in each one us. The thing that no matter how much we try to be good keeps tripping us up.
Now there are two possible responses at this point… “Yes, you are right. I am thoroughly rotten and I know it. Help!” Or “Hey, I try to be a good person. I’m not that bad. I know people who are way worse”. Well, let’s just take care of that last statement first. Here’s the first and final word from the Bible: “There is no one righteous, not even one” (Rom 3:10) And in case that’s not clear enough: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) You’re a sinner my friend. You need help.
And all of this is because of one thing. Man, from his earliest days in the Garden of Eden, chose to disobey God and separate himself from God by sin and we’ve all kept in step with that choice. God is perfect and holy; the same way no germ can exist in a clean room, no sin can exist in His presence. God had wonderful plans for mankind and mankind chose to go its own way. The net result is all the sin and junk in the world. Your sins, my sins. The sins of that crazy guy on the news last night. “…your sins have separated you from your God. They have caused him to turn His face away from you”. (Isaiah 59:2 NIR) Both our sins and the sinful nature that produces those sins need to be dealt with if we have any chance before a holy and perfect God.
So, how do we fix this?
Are you a sinner? Do you need help?
If you can say “yes” to both of those questions…God has already provided what you need. Jesus!
Jesus came to “seek and save that which was lost”. (Luke 19:10) He came to bring us back into a relationship with God. He did that by taking on all our sins (past present and future – the BIG sins and the little ones too – ALL sins) and bearing them in his body when He was crucified. What exactly does that mean? It means that God wanted to make it possible for you to have a relationship with Him. He could not do that because of your sin. So, He had to make a way for your sins to be forgiven. The way He chose (and the only way possible) was that someone had to pay for your sins. Someone had to be held responsible for all the sins man had done. And there is only one penalty for sin… Death. Romans 6:23 tells us that the “…wages of sin is death…” Knowing this, God sent his Son, Jesus into the world. Jesus came for the set purpose of making and proclaiming the way back to a relationship with God. He did that by dying for you. In his death He took on all the sins that you’ve ever committed or will commit. And He paid for them with His life. And, then, following the plan God had laid out centuries earlier, Jesus was raised from the Dead by the power of God. That death paid for your sins. The Resurrection confirmed all Jesus had said about himself and made the way for Him to live in you by imparting to you His death in payment for your sins and His life so that you may live as God intends. His Resurrection proves that he has conquered death and sin. That’s why the full verse of Romans 6:23 reads like this: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”!
And “why” did God do all this? One word… LOVE. God loves you. Even though you’ve blown it a million times already this week... God loves you! He made you to be His child and He loves you still. That He sent His Son Jesus to die so that you can live is the measure of His love.
How do I get this forgiveness and new life?
There is only ONE way, and again, our answer has been in the Bible all along: Romans 10:9. “If you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved!”. There is no “right” prayer or “perfect” phrase. Just an honest confession of faith in Jesus. Just pray to God and tell Him you’re sorry for all your sins and thank Him for sending His Son, Jesus, to be your Savior, forgiving you from all your sins and bringing you back into a relationship with God. God will give you the right words to say. If you really need a prayer to use, here’s one:
“God, I come to You knowing I am a sinner. I deserve death for my sins. Without You I have no chance. But I know you sent Your Son, Jesus, to die in my place to pay for my sins. Thank you! I accept the forgiveness you offer me in Jesus! I ask Jesus to come into my life and be my Savior and my Lord. To give me the forgiveness of sins and new life only found in Him. Thank You for loving me God! I love you!”
If you prayed that prayer sincerely and truthfully you are forgiven! You are a CHRISTIAN! You are now one of God’s forgiven children. And… read this closely… nothing can change that.
There are two really important things I encourage you to do now. The first is tell someone that Jesus is your Savior! The second is find a Bible and start reading. I suggest you read the Gospel of John, followed by Acts then Romans (they are all in the back half of the Bible). If you need a Bible, Call or Email us. 877.827.7763
One last suggestion… find a good church. Here’s a way to do that: Clink Here to find a church in your area . Meet with the pastor. Tell him you just became a Christian. Welcome to the Family of God!
You are now a Christian. And there is a bunch more incredible things. Now that you are forgiven in Christ, here’s something else: You are guaranteed to be in Heaven. 100%. You will get to spend eternity with God (and it will be a lot better then singing hymns all day while sitting on clouds – I promise)! And we will see each other in Heaven. I can’t wait!
God richly bless and favor you as He guides you in this new life in His Son!
For those who did not make this commitment… keep reading….
What happens if I don’t accept Jesus?
This is the easiest question to answer in the world: Remember the passage that said “all have sinned”. Well, another passage says “For the wages of sin is death”. So, if you’re a sinner there is but one sentence. Death. When you die you will be forever removed from the presence of God and suffer unending agony and misery in Hell. Sound like fun to you? Bank on it. Without Jesus as your Savior that’s what will happen.
Umm… I’ll think about it.
Sure - just remember this one thing. Anything other then a “Yes” is a “No”. If a man proposes to you or your boss offers you a promotion and you say “I’ll think about it”, you’re not locked in yet. There’s no wedding to plan. No new office to decorate. An “I’ll think about it” is not a “Yes”. And anything other then a “Yes” is a “No”.
Ok… I need Jesus. (And Yes, you do – I do too!)
Scroll back up to the “How do I get this forgiveness” Section. And yes, no matter how old you are or what you’ve done, you can be forgiven because Jesus paid for your sins on the cross, no matter what you've done.
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