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Can I tell you about Jesus?
Jesus is Creator. Sustainer. Redeemer. Sanctifier. Mediator. Emmanuel. Healer. Master. Lord. Messiah. The Way. The Truth. The Life. The Gospel. The Living Water. The Word. The Vine. The Bread of Life. The Holy One of Israel. The Great Shepherd. The Prince of Peace. And this–this is only the start of who He is and what He does.
John tells us at the end of his gospel, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.”
For now, let’s pick one thing about Jesus and discover what that means for you and me: Jesus is the Gospel.
Simply put, gospel means, good news. So what is this “good news” that Jesus is?
In Genesis, we learn that God created mankind in His own image. God gave man a beautiful garden in which to live–Eden. He gave this man, Adam, a purpose to fulfill. He gave him a help meet–Eve. The relationship God had with Adam and Eve was perfect and whole, complete and lacked nothing. He gave them many privileges and blessings, including the gift of freewill. God did not make sure that mankind could never choose other than right–instead, He gave them the freedom to choose for themselves. And when faced with that choice, they chose the deception of the Devil over the Goodness of God. As a result, the relationship mankind had with God was now broken. Sin had created a great gulf between the Creator and His creation.
Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. In our sinfulness we cannot have a hope of heaven, be in the presence of our Creator, or have a relationship with God.
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death;” Sin separates us from God and dooms us to death–eternal separation from Him in hell.
BUT God. In His mercy and in His grace could not allow this to be for all eternity. So He provided a Way for that sin separation to be erased–justified–made as if it did not exist. That Way, that Good News, that Gospel, is Jesus.
Romans 6:23 continues: “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” That sin separation can be removed and replaced with eternal life through Jesus. How?
I Corinthians 15:1-4 reads, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel….how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:…”
The sin separation that exists between you and a Holy God can only be removed through the Cross where Jesus died for your sins and replaced through the Empty Tomb where Jesus rose victorious over sin and death. This is the GOSPEL–the Good News of Jesus Christ.
So what does this mean for you? How can YOU experience this Gospel personally for yourself? How can you receive this gift of God–this gift of eternal life? How can YOUR sin separation between you and God be removed and replaced?
Romans 10:9 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” It is as simple as A, B, C:
A: Accept that you are a sinner. (Romans 3:23)
B: Believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose again. (I Corinthians 15:1-4)
C: Confess your acceptance and belief and ask Jesus to save you from your sins. (Romans 10:9)
Has your sin separation been removed and replaced by a relationship with Jesus? Do you know Jesus as your Saviour?
Why not take a few moments to think about what you have read and make a decision whether or not to accept, believe and confess? If you decide you want to know Jesus as your Saviour, you could pray your own prayer or pray one like this:
Dear Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and that I believe You died for my sins and rose again. Please come into my heart and save me from my sins. Thank You for paying for my sin and replacing the separation with a relationship with You. Please give me wisdom and courage to live my life for You. In Jesus name, Amen.
Did you pray and ask Jesus to save you? If you did while believing in your heart what you said, then HE did. Romans 10:9 promises us, “If thou shalt confess….thou shalt be saved.” The following verse tells us, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
If you have just believed and prayed for Jesus to save you, welcome to the family of God. Knowing Jesus as your personal Saviour is just the beginning of knowing who He is. To find out more, start reading in the Gospel of John to discover for yourself more about Jesus!
If you didn’t decide to believe and pray, please reconsider. Do some thinking on the things you read above and find a Bible and study for yourself. An excellent place to start would be the Gospel of John.