Do you want a new start? Are you searching for something more? Do you want to be set free? Are you looking to be loved? Do you desire to know God? If so, Jesus is the One you are looking for. He wants you to know He is ready to forgive, satisfy, free, love, and begin a relationship with you.
The Bible talks about the very first man and woman named Adam and Eve. They lived with God in paradise until they became separated from Him through their own choice to sin and go their own way (Genesis 2:6- 7). When this happened, sin infected the human race, and death became a tragic consequence (Romans 5:12). Humanity was left with a problem they could not shake on their own. We couldn’t reconcile ourselves to God and since Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, then we need forgiveness, we need help. We need a Savior. Since God who is holy and flawless is the only One to give life, in His love and mercy for us, He sought to make a way to solve this problem. God did this by sending His Son Jesus to earth to be born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18), give us life (John 10:10), and to be our Savior (Luke 2:11). Jesus Himself said in John 14:6 that He is the way, the truth, and the life and that no one comes the Father (God) except through Him. If Acts 4:12 states, “nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved,” then we can conclude that Jesus is the one true God and salvation can only be found in Him.
Not only did Jesus fully God and man come to live among us to understand us, be an example for us, and help us (John 1:14) but He came to forgive us and enter into a relationship with us. Since sin brought a consequence of death, then Jesus had to die in order that we would live. So He demonstrated His greatest act of love by taking on our penalty for our sins and God the Father dealt with His Son Jesus as if He Himself committed them so we could be forgiven. Isaiah 53:3-6 in the New living Translation says it best:
He is despised and rejected - a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief . We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.
Since sin leaves us in bondage, Jesus also said that He was sent to heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, open prisons to those who are bound, and give beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:1,3).
Not only did Jesus die, but He rose from the dead, conquering sin and death for humanity forever (1 Corinthians 15:54-56). Since John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. This means that if we accept God’s offer of forgiveness, we won’t face the consequence of sin called hell (Matthew 13:49) but face the blessing of having their sins forgiven, knowing, and inheriting eternal life (heaven).
So the choice is up to us. Jesus gave us the choice as he did Adam and Eve saying, “…I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live”, (Deuteronomy 30:19). Jesus also calls for relationship saying, “Come now, and let us reason together…though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool”, (Isaiah 1:18). Not only that, but Jesus also says to not put off this decision to get right with Him. 2 Corinthians 6:2 says, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation”.
So how can we be forgiven? How can we be right with God? How can we have a relationship with Jesus? It is simple.
1. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God - Romans 3:23
Admit that you are a sinner and need God.
2. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a free gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast - Ephesians 2:8-9
If grace means the unmerited (unearned) favor of God. Then salvation or acceptance cannot be achieved through works. It is received as a free gift from God (grace) through faith (simple belief or trust). That means when we accept Jesus’ provision of forgiveness, we receive salvation and are accepted (Ephesians 1:6) not by what we do or don’t do, but simply because we trusted in Jesus.
3. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death - 2 Corinthians 7:10
Genuine repentance means to completely turn around from your old lifestyle and sin and embrace a new life in Christ.
4. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness - 1 John 1:9
We come into a relationship with God by asking through prayer to forgive us and we can be assured that Jesus will do that. The Bible calls this justification (meaning just as if I never sinned). Romans 5:1 states, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through out Lord Jesus Christ”. God applies all of His righteousness to our spiritual account and treats us just as if we never sinned, forgiving past, present, and future sin.
5. That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved - Romans 10:9
If you believe in Jesus and simply believe wholeheartedly in Him, then you have the assurance of salvation.
6 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life - John 5:24
If you desire to surrender your life to Jesus and pray to accept Him, Jesus Himself assures you that you are saved and He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
If you are ready to surrender your life to Jesus and start a new relationship with Him, then take some time right now to pray with me:
Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner and have offended You in my life but I want to start new. Please forgive me of my sins and make me new. I believe in You Jesus and believe Your Word (the Bible) to be true. Right now I place my hope in you and believe in You for my salvation and surrender my life over completely to You. I ask You Jesus to be my Lord, Savior, and Friend forever as we start our new relationship together. Thank you for loving me, accepting me, forgiving me, and giving me eternal life with You. In Jesus Name, amen.
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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. - 2 Corinthians 5:17