Who is this Jesus? Why do I need a savior? How must I respond to Him?
If you're like many people today, you've heard the name of Jesus. You may think of Him as a religious
leader or perhaps as a really good man who lived 2,000 years ago. But have you ever wondered if He could possibly make a difference
in your life today?
What God Wants
Did you know that God loves you and wants to have an ongoing relationship with you - one in which you both talk to and
listen to Him? One in which you allow Him to be a part of your life decisions? He wants you to experience an abundant life [John 10:10], which He knows can be found only in Him. He wants you to be set free - free from your past, from guilt
and shame, from bondage to sin, from addiction, from selfishness.
God has a plan to accomplish all of that. That plan is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the spotless, sinless Son of God. He came
to earth to "rescue" us from sin. You already know that wrong-doing has a penalty. Well, the penalty for our sin is death
- eternal separation from God. But since God loves us so much, He Himself took ownership of that penalty. He sent His Son,
Jesus, to earth to pay the penalty for our sins. Jesus was crucified by people who didn't understand who He was or why He
had come. Jesus willingly died on the cross in our place, fulfilling God's plan to redeem mankind - even the very people who
nailed Him to the cross! Though He was perfect and sinless, He took our sins upon Himself so that we might have a restored
relationship with our Creator
[1 Peter 2:24].
But the story doesn't end with Jesus' sacrificial death. The Bible says that just three days after He was crucified on
a hill outside Jerusalem, God raised Him back to life! Jesus is no longer in the grave - God raised Him from the dead just
as He will raise us at the close of history. There is a day coming when time shall come to an end and all people will stand
before God in judgment [Revelation 20:11-12].
You can either accept Jesus' substitutionary death on your behalf, or reject it. If you reject it, you will stand alone
before God on the day of judgment and give an account of your life. You will fall short of God's standards [Romans 3:23] and will have to pay the penalty yourself [Romans 6:23] by spending eternity in hell [Revelation 20:15], forever separated from God. But if you accept Jesus as your personal savior, God will accept His sacrificial
death on your behalf. It's not a choice you can make on that final day - it's a choice you must make today - either
to accept Jesus or reject Him.
God loves you and wants you to spend eternity in heaven with Him. Make the decision today to accept Jesus as your personal
Lord and savior. Here's how simple it is.