The Basics of Salvation
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus… the crux of the salvation story. The pillar of the Christian faith. Why Jesus? Why believe in a God you don’t feel you know, and a faith you don’t understand? Would you listen if He prodded your heart? If you fully believed He saw you right where you are at with all your brokenness and baggage, yet still loves you.
There is a biblical account of a Samaritan woman, searching for love, filling her life with empty relationships. Her void in her heart was as deep as the well she sought water from. Yet, Jesus saw her, offering her wholeness, despite the emptiness she felt. Would you allow Him a second of your time to reveal to you, that He loves you despite all the wrongs that you have ever done?
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
A broken heart is sometimes what you need in order to realize the depth of God’s love for you. Your hands spread open as you realize that despite all you have had to offer, good works, talents, and sacrifices have all fallen short.
Your hidden sins are not hidden and your fears have been laid bare as you know one day you will be held accountable. It is through this humbling realization that we rise and realize a need for a Savior.
It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
Jesus is the Answer
Many seek for answers they feel like there are no answers to; restless wanderers in a parched land. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I know the One who does. I have put my trust in Jesus, the author, and finisher of my faith (Hebrews 12:2). So if you are searching for peace and hope that your life has meaning; that these short 80 years of your life is not the end, but possibly the beginning. Today is the day to entreat Jesus with all you are and with repentance for all you have done.
It’s unquantifiable, to offer something that we, in ourselves, have no means to achieve, literally impossible; and yet it is freely given. Jesus presents us with this unmeasurable gift..the love, forgiveness, and grace of a merciful God. The beauty of this love will always drive my heart to want to love God more.
Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.
Love drove Him to the cross
Love drove Him to the cross to die for you. How often can we be enamored by small tokens of affections from a friend, and yet the God of the universe shed His blood for you, and yet many don’t even allow the time to ruminate on these thoughts. He was not ashamed when He died for you, or when He allowed His accusers to whip His back till it broke the flesh. This temporary pain was worth it because of the high value he placed on your life.
The God I serve is a forgiving, merciful, gracious, unrelenting, tender, caring, thought-provoking God; and though I have made mistakes God has not abandoned me.
If this is the God you would like to believe in, there is a simple promise God made for us and it is laid out in John 3:16.
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.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
What must I do to be Saved?
- A – Admit that you are a sinner in need of a Savior. Repent of your sins and turn to a loving God who is forgiving and merciful.
- B – Believe that Jesus came down from Heaven to die for you on the cross so that you may live eternally with him. After three days in a grave He rose again conquering death and the sentence it once carried.
- C – Confess to others that you believe Jesus is Lord and have put your faith in Him.