God loves you and . . .
You Can Find Him
God has promised that if you seriously seek for Him with all your heart, He will let you find Him. That is, if you seriously seek Him, you can find Him.
You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you . . . Jer. 29:12-14 (NASB)
A wonderful example of this occurred in the book of Acts, where we are told that an Ethiopian eunuch was traveling in a chariot (Acts 8:25-40). He was reading a prophecy about the Messiah in Isaiah 53:7-8, but he did not understand what he was reading. He wanted to know who the passage was describing. We are told that God sent a man called Philip to meet the eunuch. When Philip met the eunuch, he told the eunuch that the passage was about Jesus Christ. As a result, the eunuch found God. He found Jesus Christ. He believed Christ died for his sins and then demonstrated his faith by being baptized. This is a great example of God helping us find Him. There are many more examples of people finding God on a daily basis.
Why does God let us find Him? The answer is that God loves us and has made it possible for us to have a relationship with Him.
But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name . . . John 1:12 (NASB)
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NASB)
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God Became a Man
An amazing thing happened almost 2,000 years ago. God became a man and He is called Jesus Christ.
He was born into this world through a virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23) so that He would live a sinless life while He lived among us. That is, He had no earthly father. He already existed. He only needed a human body (Hebrews 2:14). He was named Immanuel so that we would know He is God. His name means “God with us.”
The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel – which means, “God with us.” (NIV) Matthew 1:23
Jesus is God
Some say that Jesus never taught that He was God, but He did. In John 5:18 we are told the religious leaders wanted to kill Him because He claimed to be God. He told us that if we do not believe He is God, we will die in our sins (John 8:24). He declared to the religious leaders that He existed before Abraham (John 8:58), who lived about 2,400 B.C. Jesus said He was and is the great I AM of Exodus 3:14. That is how God identified Himself to Moses. In John 10:33 the religious leaders understood that He said He was God.
Jesus proved He was God by His miracles of healing, casting out demons and raising the dead (Matthew 4:24-25; 8:28-34; John 12:1). Also, He created food (John 6:1-14), walked on water (John 6:16-25), stopped a storm (Matthew 8:22-27) and performed countless other miracles (John 20:30-31). These proved He was God.
The politicians, religious leaders and people recognized that He did these things. As a result, many believed in Jesus Christ (John 9:16; 12:42; Acts 6:7). The historical records of two non-Christian writers, the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus and the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, record that Jesus did these things.
Jesus is Holy
Because He was God in human flesh, He lived a perfect life without sinning. Hebrews 4:15 says He was tempted like every person but, yet, He never sinned. He was holy (Isaiah 6:3), but we are not holy. As a result, God urges us to be holy.
Be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16 (NASB)
The next link will reveal why Jesus came to earth.
Our Dangerous Condition
Jesus came to earth in order to die for us (John 12:27). He died for us because we have sinned and deserve to die spiritually. Ecclesiastes 7:29 states,
God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes. Ecclesiastes 7:29 (ESV)
That is, God did not leave us. We left God and sinned against Him. We have been and are disobedient, unholy individuals because we sin. The Bible reveals that,
The soul who sins will die . . . the person who sins will die. Ezekiel 18:4, 20 (NASB)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (NASB)
Consequently, since we are sinners we deserve to die a spiritual death. God tells us that spiritual death means living in hell or a lake of fire for eternity. But Christ has made it possible for us to escape and have eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 (NASB)
Jesus Died for You
Therefore, God became the man, Jesus Christ, in order to die in our place. By dying for us, God could forgive our sins.
Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29 (ESV)
He died a horrible death on a wooden cross. Why was God willing to experience this pain and humiliation in human form? Here is the answer . . .
For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life . . . whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed . . . John 3:16, 18 (NIV)
God did this because He loves us more than you can imagine. As a result, we can have eternal life by believing that Christ died for us and trusting that our sins are forgiven.
The next link tells us what happened after He died on the cross.
Jesus Returned to Life
Three days after Jesus’ body died on the cross, He returned to life from the grave and walked among us as the prophets had predicted (Psalm 16:8-11; Acts 2:25-36).
Christ died for our sins . . . He was buried . . . He was raised on the third day . . . He appeared to Cephas then to the twelve . . . to more than 500 brethren at one time . . . 1 Corinthians 15:3-6 (NASB)
God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death. Acts 2:24 (NASB)
Jesus returned to life to prove that He was God and to prove that He was without sin (Romans 1:4 4:25). He did all of this so that your sins can be forgiven and so that you can live with Him forever.
Today Is the Day of Salvation
Jesus is the only one who can forgive your sins and give you eternal life in heaven (Acts 4:12).
If you would like to know what you must do to have eternal life, click on the link.
Your Sins Can Be Forgiven
Some people believe that God will evaluate their deeds before deciding if they will have eternal life or eternal punishment. Some years ago a lawyer declared that if after he died he discovered that God did exist, he would be able to convince God that he deserved to go to heaven. He was a very foolish man. He had decided that he could deal with the question of God and his eternity later. He missed the fact that God expects us to make a decision about Him in this life.
Behold, now is “The acceptable time,” behold, now is “The Day of Salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2 (NASB)
Others think they will go to heaven because they are basically a good person. But Jesus has told us that only God is good (Matthew 19:17). If only God is good, then that means we are not good. God knew that. That is why God came in human flesh and died for us.
Repent and Believe
God only requires that you 1) repent of your sins and 2) believe Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sin, returned to life and is the Lord of your life. Believing in Christ means that you believe that God did everything that is necessary to have your sins forgiven, so that you can escape hell or eternal judgment and obtain the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23). Believing in Christ also means that you believe He is Lord over everything, including your life.
There are no works that you can perform to earn eternal life (Ephesians 2:8-9) because you cannot do anything that is good enough to obtain eternal life (Romans 3:12). Jesus has said that only God is perfect (Matthew 5:48) and only God is good (Matthew 19:17). Therefore, no one can be good enough to earn eternal life. That is why Christ died on the cross. He did what you couldn’t do. He died in your place for your sins. He has promised to forgive your sins and to consider you to be as holy as God if you are trusting Christ to forgive your sins and are willing to let God take over your life (Matthew 5:3; Romans 10:9). True faith in God includes the recognition that He is Lord of everything, including you. That is the message of this verse,
. . . if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved . . . (NASB) Romans 10:9
If these are seriously true of you, then you are a Christian. Then God will takeover your life.
What You Should Say to God
If you are 1) repentant and want your sins be forgiven and 2) believe that Jesus, our God, died so that your sins could be forgiven, returned to life and is your Lord, then simply tell Him. There is nothing magic about the words you say. All that is important is your attitude. Are you serious?
Your Relationship with God
God wants a relationship with you. You will discover this truth in “God’s Great Passion.” We want to encourage you to read it. We would also encourage you to start studying the series called “Solid Roots.” It will guide you through some basic truths about the Christian faith.
Please contact us and let us know if you desire to become a Christian. We would love to help you with any questions or concerns.