We want you to know Jesus: the real one, not the one society makes him out to be. Can anyone say that they really know a famous film star or a rock singer until they know him or her personally? We can know their public image; we can know what the papers and websites say about them; but we can’t really know them until we have met them personally.
Knowing Jesus means having a relationship with him. Anyone can do that. You don’t have to be a good person. You don’t have to be special. All you have to do is to accept who Jesus really is.
Here are some things the Bible reveals to us about him:
Romans 3.23: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Only God is perfect. None of us are. We have all let ourselves down by the things we do, think and say. Ultimately we have to pay the price for the things we have done wrong and this means separation from God, both in this world and in the next. As the Bible says, the wages of sin is death.
1 Corinthians 15. 3-4. Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
The good news is that Jesus is prepared take the punishment for us, if we want him to. Jesus never sinned, not even once, so he is the only one good enough to bear this punishment for us.
Romans 6. 9. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.
Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection three days later made this possible. He took the punishment for us, once and for all. He overcame sin and death and rose victorious of them from the grave.
Ephesians 2.8: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
We are saved when we confess our sins, turn away from the things we do wrong, put our trust in Jesus and follow him. We cannot earn our way to being saved. It is not a prize for any good deeds or clean living. It is a free gift
So what should I do now?
- Turn away from your sins
First, we need to recognise that some of the things we do, think and say are simply wrong and are not in keeping with the way that God wants us to live. They simply do not match up with the example Jesus set us. So first we must turn away from our sins and turn toward God. Through his death on the cross, Jesus took the punishment for us so we can be forgiven
- Believe and Acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord
In the book of Romans, the apostle Paul wrote the following words “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.” It is only through Jesus that we can come into a full relationship with God and know that we will be with Him for eternity in heaven. Trust in him and make following Jesus the number one priority in your life.
- Join a fellowship of believers
The human body is made up of many parts, each with its own specific purpose, working together so that the body as a whole functions well. The same is true of the church: we need each other as a source of encouragement, teaching, counsel and, when necessary, correction.
- Be baptised in water
Baptism simply means being totally covered and immersed. Jesus himself was baptised in the River Jordan by his cousin John. For us, baptism is a sign to the world that we have made a personal commitment to become a Christian and to follow Jesus. As we sink beneath the water it symbolises that we have died to our old life; and when we come up again we it symbolises that we have been raised to life we are a new creation through Christ.
- Be baptised in the Holy Spirit
The bible talks about another kind of baptism: Baptism by the Holy Spirit. This was the promised by Jesus and first happened for the church on the day of Pentecost that we read about in second chapter the book of Acts. The Holy Spirit is evidenced in our lives through certain gifts that empower us to live out our faith. He also works in us to develop a godly character.
If you want to know Jesus, we invite you to pray this prayer. It’s best if you pray it out loud but you don’t need to say this to anyone else. You are saying it to God. You don’t need be in church or to kneel down. Just says these words:
“Father God, I know that I have done wrong things in my life. I have spoken, thought and acted in ways that I am not proud of and I know that they are not according to your plan for my life. I am truly sorry. I turn away from these things now and leave them behind. They are no long part of my life.
Jesus, I want to know you personally. I know that your sacrificial death and resurrection means that you took the punishment that I truly deserve. I want you to come into my life and guide me so that I can live a worthy life. From now on my life is in your hands. Guide me and I will serve you.
Thank you, Father God, for making it possible for me to be reconciled to you. I know that I don’t deserve your salvation and that there is nothing I have done to earn it. You have saved me because you love me and you want me experience the riches of life as it should be.”
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