Nothing is so important as our own relationship with the one, true God. If God exists at all, we should desire to please Him above all. Yet multitudes live their lives far from Him and what they do in this world carries into the next. The fact is we will all answer to the Lord GOD– “for it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Will you be prepared? How does it stand between your soul and the Heavenly Father? Will He joyfully say “Come you blessed” or sadly pronounce “Depart you cursed”? You can be assured that He will receive you, if first you have trusted His Son, Jesus Christ. “For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe on His Name.” (John 1:12)
Clearly, Scripture teaches there can be no real and saving relationship with God without genuine faith in Jesus Christ. Everything is wrong until that is set right. To “receive” Christ means to personally believe He is the Son of God and to trust in Him as your Redeemer from sin and its punishment. (To redeem means to release by payment of a price. Christ gave Himself to redeem us at great and personal cost!)The very name “Jesus” means “God’s Salvation” which is precisely who He is—the promised and appointed Savior, who came to die “the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.” (I Peter 3:18) Make no mistake, Jesus took our nature to bear our sins. He came to this world to open a Way to the next.
Sadly, this was necessary because “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23) and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Sin separates man from his Maker and exposes the real corruption of his heart. For this reason men are the just objects of divine wrath. (Romans 1:16-18) Indeed, the noose is so tight around our necks, we can feel the burn of the rope! God is love, but He is also absolutely pure, and altogether holy. He cannot violate His divine character, nor wink at rebellion, ignoring our guilt. (Habakkuk 1:13) All sin must be judged, but not necessarily all who sin. A way of escape has been made. God is not only just but also gracious! In reconciling love, He sent His Son in exchange for the condemned. Having no sin of His own, Jesus could bear our guilt and shame to the Cross...and this He did! The Bible says, “He who knew no sin was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (II Corinthians 5:21) How God did this is a mystery. That He did it is a wonder of pardoning love!
Let’s examine the matter a little more closely. On the Cross, God-the-Son paid dearly for our sins. The Lord “… laid upon Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6) The Innocent voluntarily, and out of pure love, suffered for the guilty! This was the only way for you and me to be redeemed with Christ’s blood and saved through His grace. Grace is God’s unearned love and favor shown to those who deserve just the opposite. By grace Christ takes the tattered fabric of our life so that we can be robed in the perfect righteousness of His. We are fallen but not forsaken. The Cross will wash away every sin we have, or ever will, commit. The Savior’s resurrection from the dead proved that He fully satisfied all charges against us. (Romans 4:25) And never was a gift more gladly given.
However, to benefit from this gospel or “good news,” we must repent of sin, renounce our own works and rely on Jesus entirely. Forgiveness is available but not automatic. We must, by faith and through grace, receive Christ as our only hope of free pardon and abundant life. Faith is knowing the gospel of Christ—believing what you know is true and then trusting in what you know and believe to be true. Faith only is acceptable, because it alone lays hold of God’s dear Son and His finished, redeeming work. (Ephesians 2:8-9) Real Christianity is not just about the truth Jesus taught. It is first and foremost about Christ Himself, who lived and died and rose again for us – our Friend, our Redeemer and our God!
Have you trusted in this Jesus or are you still looking for something else to satisfy? This is the most important question of your life. Multitudes run from one refuge to another, searching for rest and finding none. Only recognize the love of Christ in dying for you and all searching will come to an end. Christ not only took our sins, He suffered the wrath of God’s displeasure against them. He bore what we could not. As sin turned man out of Paradise, Jesus opens the Way to return and “whosoever will” may come! (Revelation 22:17) Have you fled to Christ for forgiveness and eternal life? To any who trust in His Son, God gives the privilege of becoming His child. Why not confess Christ as Savior and Lord and follow Him! The Way is narrow, yet it is wide enough for all who believe. (Romans 10:9-10)
Dear friend, have you received Jesus as your first, last and all? Death cancels everything but judgment, yet in Christ we can face eternity without fear. God takes no pleasure in the death of the sinner. (Ezekiel 35:11) Why hesitate to accept His forgiving love? If you come to Christ with honest intent, He will not deny you. This world is teeming with “think-alikes” and heavily freighted with darkness and dysfunction. Many are going to Christ-less graves and approaching eternity as a cosmic roll of the dice. Do not add to their number. A Way has been made to possess life both now and forever. And it is offered without price! “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.” (Acts 16:31) This is the promise of ONE who cannot lie, and He is able to save to the uttermost all who come to the Father by Him. (John 14:6) No case is too hard for the Lord of Glory, and no sinner too lost to be saved. Adoption into God’s forever family is the blessing of everyone, in every age, who receives Christ by faith.
Come to the Savior today! Rest in nothing you have done. Surrendering all, ask God to help you to believe; to bring you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Jesus is our only ground of acceptance before Heaven. And to truly receive Christ we must call Him our own. Then and then only, shall you be delivered and everlastingly saved.