We all want to get to heaven, right? Heaven’s a perfect place, where pain, suffering, and sadness end. It’s where God lives. Who wouldn’t want to go? But there’s a slight problem huge problem. We can’t get to heaven because we aren’t perfect. And if heaven is God’s home and God can’t tolerate ANY sin, what hope do we ever have of getting to heaven or ever getting close to God? We have no hope if we’re trying to get there on our own. I’m sure we can all admit we’ve done some things wrong. But this isn’t a situation where the good outweighs the bad. God won’t allow any sin. He won’t allow any wrongdoing or any mistakes. And to be honest, the good will never weigh more than the bad anyway. Sounds pretty harsh and hopeless, right? While most religions will tell you that you can reach God by working hard enough, Christianity will never say that. It’s pointless to strive for the goal of reaching God if we’re never going to reach him on our own. So God came up with a solution. He can’t just ignore the fact that we’ve done things wrong. Think of God like a judge in a courtroom for a moment. If someone murdered your mom, you wouldn’t want the judge to ignore the fact that a crime had been committed, and let the murderer off scot-free. It wouldn’t be fair. But if you were the murderer, you’d like to be shown a little mercy. So how does God deal with sin? The crime that has been committed against him?
I mentioned a solution. The price had to be paid for our sin. Someone had to take the punishment. It should have been us. But someone stepped up. Fully God, and fully man; he offered himself as the mediator between us and God. His name was Jesus. He never sinned. Never committed any crime against God. He was absolutely perfect. And he died to take your sin. Blood had to be shed. So he allowed himself to be spit upon, punched and kicked, whipped until he was barely recognizable as human, given a crown of thorns that was beaten onto his head, and then received a cross of wood to carry up a hill. They stretched out his hands and drove nails into his hands and feet. They stood the cross upright and left him and two other criminals there to be seen by everyone and mocked. But he had done nothing wrong. He died on that cross. But it was more than a physical death. While on that cross he suffered in a finite period of time for an infinity’s worth of sin. Your sin. My sin. The sins of the world. He drank the cup of God’s wrath down to the dregs so that we wouldn’t have to. But he didn’t just die. Three days later he rose from the dead, defeating death forever and allowing us to be with him in Heaven one day. He did it for you. He took your sins. Now it’s up to you. Are you going to accept it?
We are saved “by grace through faith and it is not of our own works, it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8). We’ve all “sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23) or God’s perfect standard. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). The penalty for a crime against God means we deserve to die and go to hell. But through Jesus’s sacrifice, God had extended to us the gift of eternal life. God demonstrated his love for us in that “while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8) It wasn’t because of anything we had done. So how do you receive this free gift of salvation? Romans 10:9 says, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” And “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Rom. 10:13) It’s that simple! If you would like to pray to receive Christ, I’ve included a prayer below. It’s not a magic prayer. It’s not the prayer that saves you. It’s your honest belief that Jesus paid the price for you and your declaration to him that you give him complete control of your life and he becomes your Lord.
I know I’ve sinned. I know I’ve fallen short of your perfect standard. But I believe that you sent your son Jesus to die on the cross and take the punishment I deserve. And that through faith in him, I can be saved. I give you my life. I want you to be in complete control. Guide me and help me to do your will.
In Jesus’ name I pray,
Did you make a decision? If you prayed to receive Christ, please, let me know in the comments section so I can talk with you about the next step in your walk with Christ. If you have some further questions about Jesus, God and your purpose you may want to check out my FAQ Page. Have a wonderful day and God Bless!
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