Why Should You Follow Jesus?

Let’s answer this one question by answering two questions follow-jesus-4about 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)

This is the most important question we can ask. How we answer it determines our eternal destiny, and makes all the difference in how we live. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me.”  Every aspect of human life had been corrupted by sin. Sin has created a kind of spiritual blindness.  Because of sin, God’s righteousness demanded a just punishment. The just punishment for rebellion against God is death. But in His great mercy and grace, God became human in the form of Jesus Christ, and took the sins of humankind upon himself, and died as a sacrifice to give us the opportunity to have a right relationship with God. Jesus Christ died for our sins, enduring the punishment which we deserved. Jesus Christ offers forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all who will accept this gift of grace.  The Bible tells us that God loved the world so much, that he gave his only son, and everyone who puts their faith in Jesus’ sacrifice  would have everlasting life (John 3:16).  We cannot earn this gift, and we cannot do anything to make ourselves more or less acceptable to God. Jesus Christ did it all for us. All that we have to do is to accept Christ’s death on the cross as the one thing we will trust for our salvation. That is what it means to “be saved.”
Some people try to put Jesus in the same category as other religious leaders or prophets.  They want to claim that he was a great teacher or even the wisest man who ever lived, but they wish to deny that he was divine.  But Jesus himself claimed divinity.  We cannot logically regard him as just a great teacher or prophet among many great teachers and prophets.  Jesus Christ was not like any teacher or prophet. He was the very unique and special Son of God, sent to die on the cross for our sins.  There is no other figure in history that is like Jesus Christ.  When we read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) with an open heart, we see his uniqueness, and the Spirit of God can open our eyes to see the truth about Jesus.   At the moment we believe in Jesus Christ, and the truth of what he said about himself, then we become “Christians.”  Only God can open our eyes to see, but when we see, we must accept Him or reject Him. quote-a-man-who-was-merely-a-man-and-said-the-sort-of-things-jesus-said-wouldn-t-be-a-great-c-s-lewis-81-9-0943
So who is Jesus?  Jesus is the way to a right relationship with God.  Jesus is truth in living form.  Jesus is the way to the life that is pleasing to God. As a man who lived on this earth in human form, he lived a perfect sinless life. He is the model for our lives.  He lived in perfect obedience to the will of God, as we should live.  He willingly gave his life that we might live.  Jesus lives today, and today he stands before each of us and invites us to accept the grace of his gift to us.  If  you will trust him in faith, ask him to be your Lord, he will transform you from the inside out into a new person.  This is the moment when we accept in faith that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and is called “the New Birth.”  It is the beginning of a process of spiritual transformation in which we are made to be like Him. Jesus Christ will become the Lord of our lives, and the treasure of our hearts, and we will discover that in serving Him, we find the greatest joy and fulfillment we can ever know.

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.”TenCommandments

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). followme_jesusYou 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.