Let’s answer this one question by answering two questions about who He was and who we are. Then, we will have enough information to consider answering this most important question.
Who Is Jesus?
(By Don Smith)
Am I a Sinner?
(by Scott Ingram)
I consider myself a ‘good person’… won’t that be enough to earn God’s favor? The only reason you or I think that we are good is because we don’t realize what good truly is. The Bible tells us that we all fall short of the mark of being truly good.
Romans 3:23 –For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:10 –As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Romans 5:12 –Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Many people think that people earn God’s favor by keeping the Ten Commandments or by just being a nice person. They fail to realize that the creator of the universe is HOLY. God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5). He has set laws in place for his creation to obey and we fail to keep them to His perfect standard.
What are these laws? They begin with the 10 Commandments. While you might consider yourself ‘good’ compared to most people, how do you measure up against God’s law? Have you ever told a lie? Then you are a liar. Have you ever stolen anything? You are a thief. Have you ever looked in lust? Jesus said that if someone thinks lustful thoughts toward another, they have committed adultery with that person in their heart. We can never live up to the perfect standard of God and that is why we sometimes feel an aching guilt over our sins. God has said in His Word that “whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10). Disobedience to God is sin and that means a just God must judge and punish the sins of those who do evil. He is the only “good guy” who must punish the “bad guys.”
Disobedience to an infinite, eternal God deserves an infinite, eternal consequence. God shows us His character and his laws in His creation, the world around us. He has written his laws in our hearts… on our conscience. He has also given us his Word, the Bible. We have no excuse. No good judge would let the guilty go free, the criminal go unpunished. Neither can a holy, righteous God allow sinful man to go unpunished… but God LOVES mankind whom He has made in his image and He has provided a way of escape by sending his only son, Jesus, to take His judgment in our place.
Will You Follow Jesus?
(by Scott Ingram)
This is the last question. It will affect your entire life and, yet, it is a free gift if you will receive it. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.“ (Ephesians 2:8-9). You simply trust what God has revealed to you.
God provided a Way to be saved from His judgment: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Jesus gave His life for yours: But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
Then you Respond:
* Admit that you are a sinner in need of Someone to accept the punishment for your sins: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
* Believe that Jesus is the One that God sent to live a perfect life and take your punishment in order to make a way, as a just and holy God, to allow you into Heaven: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
* Confess it privately to God in prayer and openly to all that you are a Christian and Jesus paid the price for your sins: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9-10, 13)
This is the first step in following Jesus, but there are many steps ahead for you. Ephesians 2:10 say “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” It was always part of God’s plan for you to follow Him and, now, He will begin to do good works through your life. Begin by reading your Bible, praying daily, and attending a good church teaching the Bible faithfully. Look for opportunities to share your faith and help others in the way you see Jesus helping others in the Bible. This decision will affect all of your life from here to eternity. I look forward to seeing you in Heaven one day.