God loves you and . . .
You Can Find Him . . . God has promised that if you seriously search for Him with all your heart, He will let you find Him. That is, if you seriously search 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)
In the gospel of John we are told about a woman at a water well who discovered that Jesus Christ was the promised Messiah (John 4:25). Micah 5:2 had prophesied that the Messiah would be God. That is, God would come in human flesh. After finding Jesus, the woman hurried to tell others about Him. It is obvious that she was very excited. This is a great example of God allowing us to find Him.
Now why does God let us find Him? The answer is that God loves you and has made it possible for you 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. (NASB) Romans 5:8
Even though we are unloving, self-centered people, God in His mercy has made it possible for us to have a relationship with Him by forgiving our sins. Do you want to have a relationship with God? Do you know what He did in order to make it possible for you to have a relationship with Him?
God Became A Man. So God became a man so that He could teach us, reveal Himself to us, and suffer in our place. We deserve punishment since we have sinned against a holy God. He was born into this world by a virgin so that He would have a sinless life. This destiny was something that He did not deserve. But this was His decision. In His human form He was called Jesus Christ.
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) Matt. 1:23
He lived a perfect life without sinning. He lived among us and did many miracles as proof that He was God.
But others asked, “How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?” (NIV) John 9:16
Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ . . . (NIV)
Ancient writers such as Josephus and Pontius Pilate record in their writings that He did these miracles. He taught us truth and when it was time to die, He did not protect Himself because He came to die for us. He loved us!
Jesus Died For You . . . We deserve to die a spiritual death because we are sinners. We are disobedient and unholy individuals because we sin. The Bible reveals that,
The soul who sins will die . . . The person who sins will die.(NASB) Ezek. 18:4, 20
. . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God . . . (NASB) Rom. 3:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NASB) Rom. 6:23
Jesus willingly died a physical death for us so that He could rescue us, that is, forgive our sins. His death paid the penalty for our sins. He died on a wooden cross. The Roman soldiers spat on Him, abused Him, and eventually killed Him. Why was God willing to experience this pain and humiliation? 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 . . . (NIV) John 3:16, 18
God did this because He loves us more than you can imagine. Why would Jesus die for you unless He loves you? There was no other way to rescue you.
Jesus Returned To Life. Three days after Jesus’ body had died a physical death, not a spiritual one, He returned to life from the grave and walked among many people as He had predicted.
. . 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 . . . (NASB) 1 Corinthians 15:3-6
God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of (spiritual) death. (NASB) Acts 2:24
Jesus returned to life to prove that He was God and to prove that He was without sin (Rom. 1:4). He did all of this so that your sins can be forgiven and so that you can live with Him forever. Jesus loves you and He wants to forgive your sins. Jesus is seeking you and calling you to believe or trust in Him. Jesus is the only one who can forgive your sins. Is that your heart’s desire?
What Is Your Decision? Some people believe that God will evaluate their good and evil deeds before deciding if they will have eternal life or eternal punishment. Some years ago a man 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.” (NASB) 2 Cor. 6:2
God will already know what decision you made in this life when you stand before Him. He will know if you were repentant of your sins, if you believed that Jesus was God, if you trusted Him to forgive your sins, and if you were willing for Him to take over your life. God will not evaluate your deeds. He will already know your decision. You must believe who He claimed to be and only Him. Jesus is not one of the ways to God. He is the only way!
There is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved. (NASB) Acts 4:12
. . . 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) Rom. 10:9
What Should I Say To God? If you believe that Jesus is God, died so that your sins could be forgiven, returned to life, and desire to have your sins forgiven and are willing to yield to Him, then simply tell Him. There is nothing magic about the words you say. All that is important is your attitude. Are you serious?
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.