Sunday, January 14, 2007

Jesus Christ: There Is No Other Name That Can Save

Christian Art by R. W. Horton

Jesus came to atone for the sins of all mankind. To the Jew first, and then the Greek. Those who do not accept the free gift of salvation by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ will be eternally lost. As your sins were nailed to the cross with Jesus, Jesus paid the sacrifice once and for all for everyone. It is up to each individual to accept the free gift of salvation that God offers to the human race through Jesus Christ, His Son. When Jesus was crucified, Luke's Gospel in Chapter 23 records how two criminals went to their deaths with Him, each on a cross. And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, "If thou be Christ, save thyself and us." But the other answering rebuked him, saying, "Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss." And he said unto Jesus, LORD, REMEMBER ME WHEN THOU COMEST INTO THY KINGDOM." And Jesus said unto him, "Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise."

The criminal on the right feared God because of his sins and recognized his need for a saviour as he faced death on his cross next to Jesus and asked Jesus to remember him. And Jesus, in his love and mercy, forgave him of his sins as He hung on the cross and promised Him the gift of eternal life. The criminal on the left of Jesus, however, did not ask Jesus to remember him as he faced death but instead was only concerned about the here and now inspite of his sins; and it is apparent He did not think he needed a saviour, nor did He fear the wrath of God in eternity.

No one is guaranteed tomorrow, and today is a gift from God. Even the skeptics know that humanity is on the brink of destruction, and the end of the age of grace is swiftly coming upon all. Only the foolish would be so blind to ignore the signs of the times we are living in and not repent of their sins and pick up their cross and follow Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, who rose from the dead as prophesied in the Holy Scriptures.

If you have not come to know the risen Lord let me explain how you can become a Christian. There are four essential things you must understand to become a Christian. Paul, the great Jewish Apostle of Jesus Christ wrote:

1. Everyone is a sinner in God's eyes:
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.  Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. You must repent, or turn away from all known sin and be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the HolyGhost. All who do this will receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit.

2. The punishment of sin is death:
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

3. CHRIST died to save sinners:
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

4. CHRIST will save you IF you ask HIM:
Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

It is my prayer today that if you have not confessed with your mouth the Lord Jesus as your Lord, and believe in your heart by faith that God hath raised him from the dead, that today would be the day you meet Him at the Cross.