Simply put, Jesus is God himself come to earth. He lived a perfect life as a human, and then gave His life as a sacrifice for our sins, taking with Him the punishment and death each of us owed. He came to bridge the divide between heaven and earth and to make a way for humanity to be restored to God. He gave His life in payment so that anyone can receive forgiveness and redemption
Jesus said: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19).
In his Gospel, Matthew referred to an Old Testament prophecy which originally appeared in Isaiah 7:14, centuries prior to Jesus' birth: "So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 'Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,' which is translated, 'God with us'." (Matthew 1:22-23). The prophecy was fulfilled through Jesus.
A key verse to understanding who Jesus is is in John 14:6: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me". Jesus is God's answer to human brokenness and sin. Without Him, we would not be able to receive eternal life. As such, Jesus is described as the Saviour of all people, and in Colossians 1:15, "the image of the invisible God."
The way that Jesus was able to pay for our sins was by His death on the cross. 1 Peter 3:18 says: "For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit." Colossians 2:13-14 echoes this: "When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross." Through His death, we are forgiven.
Jesus makes some truly extraordinary statements in the scriptures. In John 10:30, He says: "I and the Father are one.” He says that to know Him, is to know the Father (John 8:19), and that to receive Him, is to receive God (Mark 9:37). In John 11:25-26, He states He is the "resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die." In Mark 2:10, Jesus states He has the authority on earth to forgive sins. Jesus states to be the source of everlasting life in John 10:28: "and I give eternal life to them [followers of Christ], and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand."
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16).
[Christ speaking] "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." (John 10:10).
Why is it that most people are not experiencing the abundant life? Because man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God's love and plan for his life.
Man Is Sinful:
"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23).
Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterised by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin.
Man Is Separated:
"The wages of sin is death" [spiritual separation from God]. (Romans 6:23).
God is holy and man is sinful. A great gulf separates the two. Man is continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through his own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, or religion - but he inevitably fails.
But, There Is Hope:
The only provision for man's sin is Jesus Christ. Through Him, you can know and experience God's love and plan for your life.
He Died in Our Place:
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8).
He Rose From the Dead:
"Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep." (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
He Is the Only Way to God:
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me'. " (John 14:6).
God has bridged the gulf which separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.
We must individually RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord; then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives.
We Must Receive Christ:
"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name." (John 1:12).
We Receive Christ Through Faith:
"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast." (Ephesians 2:8,9).
When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth:
(Read John 3:1-8.)
We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation:
[Christ speaking] "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me." (Revelation 3:20).
Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will.
Remember, Jesus Christ wants to have a personal relationship with you. He wants to revolutionise your life and give you hope. He wants to give you a fresh start. As God's creation, you were built for a relationship with Him. He loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.
First, recognise that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). Second, understand that the consequence of sin is death, but God’s gift through Jesus Christ is eternal life (Rom 6:23). "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." (Rom 10:9).
It begins with a prayer. Talk to God. Ask Him to forgive your sins (1 John 1:9), thank Him for His sacrifice, and accept His gift to you. He’ll hear you, and you’ll begin a brand new life (2 Cor 5:17).
You Can Receive Christ Right Now By Faith, Through a Simple Prayer. (Prayer is talking to God.)
God knows your heart and is not as concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. Here are some prayers to guide you:
"Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Saviour and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be."
Or an alternative prayer:
“Lord God, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who died for my sins and rose to life again. I am sorry for my sins; and I ask for Your forgiveness. I accept Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour. I ask You to transform my life and give me Your Holy Spirit to lead me all of my days. Thank You for Your unlimited goodness and grace over my life. In the name of Jesus. Amen.”
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If it does, I invite you to pray this prayer right now and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.
1. Enjoy the Bible Daily. It may have been years since you picked up your Bible. Maybe you never have. Whatever the case, I encourage you to pick it up and start reading. Make it part of your daily routine. A good place to begin is with the New Testament (which details the life and teachings of Christ and the early church).
2. Talk to God Daily. As you read the Bible, talk with God about your questions, struggles, fears and joys. Then listen – see how God speaks to your heart. Ask for what you need and thank Him for what He has done and will do in your life.
3. Attend a Local Church. There is no right or wrong one to choose – as long as they preach from the Word of God and demonstrate His love. When you find the church that touches your heart, meet with one of the pastors and tell him that you have recently committed your life to Christ. Not only will he be encouraged, he will help you get plugged in to a great group of people who can continue to encourage you in your faith.
4. Finally, find daily biblical encouragement through websites, books, radio stations, and friends. There are many great resources out there, including this website. Take time to dig around, and don't forget to check out our online resources here.
Congratulations on your decision! We are thrilled to welcome you into the family of Christ.