WHO IS JESUS?
We have countless questions about God: who He is, what He
has to do with our lives, us and if He is even real. Often, as we read the Bible, more questions arise. In John 14:6, “Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Jesus commends the Apostle Peter’s confession of Him as “the Messiah, the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16),
because Jesus knew that who He is – and could be to us –
has the power to transform our lives.
He is the King of Kings, His Name is above all names, and He is the Lord Almighty. He is also our Father, the Prince of Peace, our Shepherd and friend. He came to us as a baby and lived as a human and knows what we go through.
HIS LOVE FOR US
We tend to disqualify ourselves from God’s love because of our past, our mistakes and shortcomings. Yes, sin has separated us from God and we cannot make up for our sin by bettering ourselves or doing good works. Yet, the Bible tells us there is nothing that can separate us from God’s love for us. We’re asked to accept His love even though we haven’t earned it. Accepting His love is to trust His forgiveness and grace. We just need to turn to Him. His power can free us from guilt and shame and allow us to live a life of wholeness.
C.S. Lewis says this:
“[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus, if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.”
To be saved is to submit to God and His plan and purpose for our lives. It is also turning from our old ways and turning to Jesus as we ask Him for forgiveness from our sins and to give us new life in Him.
Romans 10:9 says that “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Salvation is God’s free gift to us and we become His children.
If you are unsure whether you are right with God or you know you need Jesus in your life, you can choose to follow Him right now by praying this prayer:
Dear Jesus, I’m praying this prayer because I know that I have done wrong by living without you. I am sorry and I trust that you will forgive me. I accept your love and grace for me and ask that you would be my Lord. Help me believe in you and love you every day, and help me to show the world what you are like and how great your love is.
In Jesus Name. Amen.
Praying these words and opening your heart to Jesus is the most important step you’ll ever take as you begin your journey with Jesus. You’ve joined a family and we are excited to support your walk.
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