How To Know Jesus
Every person has two great longings. The first is to be loved and the second is to love. But when pressures and heartaches come into our lives, many give up any hope of ever finding love.
The tragedy is that we often look in the wrong places to fill this need and longing. Some substitute lust for love. Others pursue material things or superficial relationships - all in the futile attempt to fill our hearts with something other than a real relationship with God.
But there is good news!
GOD LOVES YOU
The Bible says, "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). God’s love was revealed and offered to all mankind in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified on the cross in our place, and was resurrected from the dead – all to demonstrate God’s glory and His unconditional love for us.
Do you know today that God loves you, that your sins are forgiven, that you are saved from eternal judgment, and are on your way to heaven after you die? The great news is, you can know!
SIN HAS SEPARATED US FROM GOD
It is our sin that separates us from God and keeps us from fulfilling our deepest needs and longings. Sin is an offense against God that carries a serious penalty. According to Romans 6:23, "The wages of sin is death [eternal separation from the love and mercy of God]." It must be dealt with.
JESUS CHRIST IS GOD'S ONLY ANSWER FOR MAN'S SIN
You must understand that you cannot do good works as a way to earn God’s love and make it to heaven. If we could save ourselves, Jesus' death on the cross would have been unnecessary! The Bible says it is "not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His [God's] mercy He saved us" (Titus 3:5). Salvation is by God's grace, "not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
What you cannot do for yourself, Jesus Christ has done for you! "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). He was born, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for you, and then rose from the dead to prove that His payment was acceptable to God. But you must acknowledge and believe this fact. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31).
RECEIVE JESUS BY FAITH
Salvation is God's gift to you. "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). When someone offers you a priceless gift, the wisest thing you can do is accept it! This very moment, you can receive Christ's gift of salvation by sincerely praying a simple prayer like this from your heart:
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that You love me and want to save me. Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God, who died on the cross to pay for my sins. I believe God raised You from the dead. I now turn from my sin and, by faith, receive You into my life as my personal Lord and Savior. Come into my heart, forgive my sins, and save me, Lord Jesus. In Your name I pray, Amen.