Do You Know Jesus?
Maybe you've seen His name in the media.
Or watched a movie about Him.
Perhaps you even own a crucifix.
But do you really know Him?
You see, a relationship with Jesus Christ is the only way to live—the only way to experience eternal life. He is absolute truth; He is life, and without Him, there is no hope for tomorrow.
The Bible makes it plain that we cannot come before God in our own righteousness. We are sinful people who have disobeyed God’s commands, done things that fall short of his standard of holiness.
Some people think it doesn't matter what you believe as long as you're sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless.
If you take poison--thinking it's medicine--all the faith in the world won't restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you're trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.
Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me" (John 14:6). He didn't claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God--then and forever.
The Bible also tells us that we can find salvation in Jesus. He was born of a virgin, lived among men, was crucified for the sins of all mankind, rose from the grave on the third day, ascended to Heaven, and now sits at the right hand of God the Father.
When we accept His sacrificial death for our sins and ask Him to forgive those sins, we become “children of God.” As a result of our relationship with Jesus, we are promised a home in Heaven when we die.
Do you know Jesus? If not, why not? It is the most important relationship you can have. Why not trust Christ and ask Him for forgiveness.
The following “steps to salvation” are taken directly from the Word of God:
- 1. Admit your sin. “As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10).
- 2. Acknowledge the penalty for sin. “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23a).
- 3. Believe that Jesus’ death and resurrection paid the penalty for your sin. “But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23b).
- 4. Ask God to forgive your sin. “If thou shalt confess…thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9, 10).
- 5. Acknowledge Christ as the Lord of your life. “But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12).
Do you want to learn more? Consider the following resources:
Simple. The Christian Life Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated
by Robert J. Morgan
How To Know You’re Saved
by Garnett Reid
A small book that reveals a profound truth about why we need assurance of our salvation
First Steps for New Believers
10 Easy Lessons for new believers to understand more about their faith.