“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
First of all no matter who you are or what you’ve done in the past, God LOVES you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.
The word of God says:
“…the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
“...I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
Why is it that most people are not experiencing the abundant life?
God didn’t make us robots to mindlessly serve and obey Him. Instead He gave us free will and freedom of choice. Mankind was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way, and the fellowship with God was broken.
Therefore, we often don’t know or experience God's love and plan for our lives.
God’s word says:
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
What is the consequence of sin ?
“But your iniquities have separated you from God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)
“The wages of sin is death” [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23)
Here’s the Good News!
God always provides a way out.
To show His unconditional love and mercy He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to the world. He took the punishment for our Sins upon Himself so that we can be re-united with God again.
He came into the world
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth...” (John 1:14)
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)
He died in our place
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Jesus Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
He rose from the dead
“Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures...He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred...” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)
Why did Jesus Christ pay the price for you and me?
“I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.
As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
“And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.
No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” (John 10:14-18)
“God is on one side and all the people on the other side, and Christ Jesus, Himself man, is between them to bring them together…” (1 Timothy 2:5)
You mean I can have a personal relationship with God again through Jesus?
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24)
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”(Acts 4:12)
How can I know this Jesus Christ who died for me?
We must individually RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord; then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives.
Jesus said “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him.” (Revelation 3:20)
You can receive Jesus Christ right now by faith through prayer
God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.
You can pray a prayer such as this…
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?
If it does, pray the above prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.
Congratulations dear friend, welcome to your eternal family of believers.
“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, that no one should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)
“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)