Who's This Jesus Guy?
Bad News/Good News
No one likes bad news, but the fact of the matter is, life is full of bad news. So let's get the bad news out of the way first. The worst news out there is that we're all sinners who sin against God. Sinning is anything that we think, say, or do that displeases God, and we're all guilty. That's right. We all sin against the same God who made us and who deserves for us to obey Him. Part of the bad news is that our sin separates us from God. Since we've sinned against God, we don't deserve to be with Him either here on earth or after we die. In fact, we deserve to be apart from Him forever in a place called hell.
So what's the good news? Well, even though we're such terrible sinners, God loves us. He loves us so much, in fact, that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross for our sins. So who's this Jesus guy? Well, He was and is perfect. About 2,000 years ago, He came down to earth from heaven and He lived a completely perfect life. In a way unlike any other, He was both fully God and fully a person, and He was perfect in every way. In other words, He never sinned. And then, after living more than 30 years without ever sinning, He died on a cross for your sins and mine. Since He never sinned, He didn't deserve to die. But He did die, and He did so in our place. When He died on the cross, He paid the penalty that you and I owed for our sins. We owed a penalty we could not pay; He paid our penalty for us, even though he did not have to.
The Good News in a Nutshell
So that's the good news in a nutshell: Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Three days after He died, He was brought back to life. In other words, He resurrected from the dead. He conquered death. The Bible teaches that if we believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead and that if we declare with our mouths that Jesus is Lord, we will be saved.
How Can I Be Saved?
If you want to be saved, simply believe in your heart that Jesus is God, that He lived a perfect life on earth, that He died on the cross for your sins, and that He was brought back to life. Ask Him to be your Lord and Savior. Turn away from your sins and try your hardest to follow Him for the rest of your life.
What's All This "Lord" and "Savior" Business?
What does it mean to make Jesus our Lord? Well, the word "Lord" basically means "master." If we make Jesus our Lord, it means we make Him our master. In other words, we agree to live our lives for Him rather than for ourselves. Jesus desires for all of us to live good, wholesome lives that bring Him the glory and honor that He deserves. If we give our lives to Jesus and make Him our Lord, He will also become our Savior. That means He will save us from the punishment we deserve for our sins. In other words, He will take away the punishment we deserve so that we can live with Him forever in heaven.
One More Time... How Can I Be Saved?
If you want to be saved, simply believe in your heart that Jesus is God, that He lived a perfect life on earth, that He died on the cross for your sins, and that He was brought back to life. Ask Him to be your Lord and Savior. Turn away from your sins and try your hardest to follow Him for the rest of your life. If you've asked Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior, and if you meant it with your entire heart, then you are saved! How cool is that? If you just asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, or if you'd like to learn more about how to do so, email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org.