Since I am a Christian who believes with all my heart that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for our sins, I find a burden on my heart from the Lord to tell those that come across my blog how to be saved. I am not a minister, though I do aspire to become one someday. I am simply a servant of the Lord and must obey His word.
First, ask yourself the question, have I ever stolen, committed adultery, lusted after someone? Have you ever taken God’s name in vain or used it as a curse? What about worshiping something besides God? If you have, you’ve sinned. I’ve sinned. I still do. I sin every day and usually many times a day. Sin is defined as doing what is contrary to what God says is right. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 NASB. No one is deserving of God’s grace and we all deserve to be punished for our sins.
If we were to be punished, we would all be going to hell. Hell is a place of torment where we are separated from God’s spirit and subject to eternal flames. And that is where we all deserve to go for violating God’s laws. However, God loves us so much that He doesn’t want anyone to have to experience that torment. 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 KJV. God loves us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to pay for our sins. He lived a sinless life as fully human yet fully God. He was born of the virgin Mary. He was baptized by John the Baptist. He was tempted by the devil. But He didn’t sin. He was crucified on a Roman cross for you, and for me and for the whole world.
Roman crucifixion was one of the most brutal ways to die. The victim had his hands and feet nailed to the cross and usually died of suffocation after the Roman soldiers broke the victim’s legs. This made it much harder to push up and ultimately the victim could no longer breathe and died. However, Jesus’ legs were not broken. He voluntarily died and took our sins upon Himself. In this manner we have forgiveness, if we accept Him and His free gift of salvation.
But the glorious truth is that He didn’t remain in the grave. The grave couldn’t hold Him! After three days in the tomb He rose again! “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.” Matthew 28:5-6 NKJV. Jesus Christ, Son of God, died on a Roman cross, was buried in a borrowed tomb and rose on the third day! And the most glorious truth of all is that His death and resurrection can set us free from our sins if we accept Him.
“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6 NKJV. Christ died for us. All you need to do is “…confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead…” and “…you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 NKJV. You can have new life. You can have those sins forgiven. You can have peace with God. You can know that if you died right after you read this sentence you will be going to heaven and not hell.
Let me tell you about heaven. Heaven is the antithesis of hell. Heaven is a place of eternal joy, where no sorrow can inhabit and where you are in God’s presence forever. “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Doesn’t heaven sound wonderful? You can know right now that heaven is where you’re going when you die.
All you need to do is pray a simple prayer. It can go something like this: “Lord, I know I’m a sinner. I know I deserve punished for my sins against You. But I confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son and is God and that He died and was resurrected to pay for my sins. I accept His free gift and make Him my Lord and Savior. In the name of Your Son Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.” It can be stated differently. There are no magic words involved. All it takes is a contrite heart and believing in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He will save you and cleanse you from all your sins if you just accept Him.
If you do, I’d love to hear from you and maybe encourage you on your new journey. Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions I’ll try to answer them, but I don’t pretend to know all the answers. Another excellent website to go to is http://www.billygraham.org