The Good News
The One Thing You Can Be Certain of: God’s Love for You
Your Heavenly Father
In a world of much uncertainty, you can be certain about one thing: God knows everything about you: everything you have ever done; everything you have ever said; and every thought you have ever had. God, our Heavenly Father, is the Creator and Sustainer of the the universe. He created all humans, and cares for us and loves us deeply. When Adam and Eve, the first man and woman on earth, sinned against God in the Garden of Eden, God had to separate humanity from Himself. He did this because He is holy and cannot be associated with sin.
However, God was grieved to have to do this, and because He loves us deeply, He put in motion a plan to bring sinful humanity back to himself. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Our Heavenly Father gave His all to try and re-establish a relationship with us.
He sent His only son Jesus Christ to take our sins upon Himself and be punished for them on the cross of Calvary. Why did He do this? He did it for you and for me.
Jesus and You
Nearly 2,000 years ago, God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth to suffer and die for the sins of humanity. If God hadn’t done this, we would all have to be punished for our own sins. The punishment for sin–even just one sin–is death. The Bible states in Romans 6:23 that “the wages of sin is death…”
Because Jesus Christ suffered and died for your sins and for mine, He now offers each and every one of us a free gift of eternal life. God wants us to accept this free gift, so that when we die, we can leave this earth to go and live in Heaven with Him forever. John 3:17-18 says, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
How do you accept, the free gift that Jesus Christ offers?
- Understand that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7: 20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
- Understand that there is punishment for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
- Understand that without Jesus Christ, when you die, you will end up in hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and adolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
- Understand that you cannot do anything to save yourself! Good works, attending church, living a clean life will not work. The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Understand that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (Jesus Christ, John 3:16).
If you are willing to trust Christ as your Savior and receive Jesus Christ’s free gift of eternal life, please pray the following prayer:
Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have sinned against you. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please forgive me of all of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose again for me. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart, save my soul, change my life, and fill me with your Holy Spirit today and forever. Amen.
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