2,000 years ago a man from Nazareth walked along the shores of Galilee and attracted crowds of thousands. His words and His actions changed history.
He healed the sick, He raised the dead, He demonstrated grace to the shamed, and He gave mercy to the guilty. He showed us that God is love. His love is not afraid of our messes and is powerful enough to intervene in our lives.
Not only did this man, born of a virgin, teach about God but he made the most audacious claim – to be God.
If they were just empty words then to follow Jesus would be an empty religion, offering no promise of internal transformation or assurance of eternal salvation.
But they weren’t empty words.
The historical Jesus cannot be disproven. He is just as real as Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, and countless others who have left a mark on history. Jesus lived a sinless life, he died a sacrificial death, and he rose from the dead.
In a world filled with billions of people and thousands of beliefs, Christianity stands out like a candle burning against a black backdrop.
The distinctiveness of Christianity is not placed on a set of philosophical principals but in the reality of Jesus Christ who is fully alive today. He is not distant from us and His ministry is still at work in the world through the person of the Holy Spirit.
This means He still saves, He still heals the sick, He still mends broken hearts, He still restores shattered lives, and He still gives grace and mercy to all who look to Him.
Jesus is the anchor of our hope and the answer to our souls. He is God, He is good, and He loves you.
Why do we need Jesus?
We were all born with sin and we have all sinned. (Romans 3:23)
Our very nature is a sinful nature. We need more than just forgiveness from things we done wrong. We need a way to deal with the sin nature that causes us to do wrong things.
Jesus deals with our sinful nature. (1 Peter 2:24 + Romans 7-8)
His death became the greatest exchange – our sin for His righteousness. Because of the blood of Jesus we have been made right with God. His resurrection brought us victory over sin. Because of what God did on the cross, when you place your faith in Jesus there is a supernatural work done inside of you and you are born again, made into a brand a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
This salvation brings peace to your soul, cleanses your conscience, and opens you up to an active relationship with God.
So how do you get this salvation?
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.
/ Romans 10:9-10 NLT
If you want a relationship with God and to know that you have been made right with Him then pray this with us…
I’m praying because I know I’ve sinned and I know I need you. I believe in what Jesus has done for me at the cross, to take my place, take my punishment, and give me grace. I welcome your work in my life.
Thank you for forgiving me of all my sins and making me new. Help me live for you and do right in your eyes. I believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and now I am making Him Lord of my life.
Thank you for loving me and saving me. Amen.