How wonderful a God we have that revealed himself through his son Jesus Christ. God by sending his only son Jesus the Christ who is himself God, came into the world free of sin and allowed himself to freely and unjustifiably be crucified to pay the price for original sin. In that crucifixion besides the physical pain of suffering and death, the Fathers judgment was poured out on him for all the sins of those who believe and follow him. Because Christ was faithful and righteous in this great act of love, God was able not only to cover a multitude of sins with his righteous blood but justifiably raise him up, glorify his body incorruptible and seat him at the Fathers right side in heavenly glory.
As ridiculous as this my seem to the world that is blind to God's plan of redemption, it is the way God chose to save us all from death and reveal his love toward us. For those that are willing to believe in salvation through Jesus Christ, repent of their sins, and draw close to God, God will draw close to you. And you will be filled with the Holy Spirit and be reborn and all things in your life will become new. Your sins will be forgiven and you will receive the power to become a child of God.
For the rest of your life so long as you abide in (put Christ First in your life) Jesus Christ you will be pardoned from judgment and have everlasting life with God in heaven. In heaven there will only be gladness and joy! And sorrow, death and mourning will cease to exist. But those that hear and reject Gods plan for redemption through Jesus Christ, remain friends with the world, and refuse to be born again, your eternal soul will be judged and eternally separated from God and heaven. Forever consumed by death in the lake of fire where the worms that represent the injuries that a man has done to his soul will consume him day and night forever.
But praise God for this free redemption that He has provided to us, that not only gives rebirth to our spirit in this life, but also eternal life after death. The alternative is no ones fault or choice but our own.
So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak? And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.
The writings from the prophet Isaiah confirmed to be 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, prophesied about Christ coming and death.
He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and God has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
So don't put off your salvation any longer and especially those who have backslidden and need to rededicate, as tomorrow may be too late for you. Say this prayer truly believing in your hart that God will answerit:
"Dear Heavenly Father, You have called me to Yourself in the name of Your dear Son Jesus. I realize that Jesus is the only Way, the Truth, and the Life; and is the only Mediator between You and man.
I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner. I believe that Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross, died for my sins, and rose again on the third day. I am truly sorry for the deeds which I have committed against You, and therefore, I am willing to repent (turn away from my sins). Have mercy on me, a sinner. Cleanse me, and forgive me of my sins as I forgive anyone who has ever sinned against me.
I truly desire to serve You, Lord Jesus. Starting from now, I pray that You would help me to hear Your still small voice. Lord, I desire to be led by Your Holy Spirit so I can faithfully follow You and obey all of Your commandments. I ask You for the strength to love You more than anything else so I won't fall back into my old ways. I also ask You to bring genuine believers into my life who will encourage me to live for You and help me stay accountable.
Jesus, I am truly grateful for Your grace which has led me to repentance and has saved me from my sins. By the indwelling of Your Holy Spirit, I now have the power to overcome all sin which before so easily entangled me. Lord Jesus, please transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to You alone and not to myself.
Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my life. With my heart, I believe that God the Father raised His Son Jesus from the dead. This very moment I acknowledge that Jesus Christ (Messiah ) is my Savior and according to His Word, right now I am born again. Thank You, Jesus, for coming into my life and hearing my prayer. I ask all of this in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen."
The song "Amazing Grace" we are all familiar with was written by John Newton, Capitan of a slave ship for 20 years which resulted in the mass murder of many souls. His ship about to sink in a great storm, John Newton prayed for forgiveness and for God to spare his life. God answered his prayer miraculously and John Newton was so touched by the Spirit of God, that it changed his life forever. John Newton departed from the ideals of money and became a Monk who maintained a chapel where he wrote the famous hymn Amazing Grace in 1772.
My chains are gone, I've been set free!
My God, my Savior has ransomed me!
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace.