Every once in a while, I like to reflect on the core message of the Bible; the fact that over 2000 years ago, God sent his son, Jesus, to be born of a virgin, to teach us how to live and to ultimately die so that sinners like us might live for eternity in heaven. And of course, three days later he rose from the grave, as only the true Son of God could, and now sits at the right hand of the Father. The entire Christian faith rests on these truths, and if we don’t believe, we will go to hell - not heaven - when we die. It doesn’t matter how good we think we are, we will go to hell without Jesus’ blood. And it doesn’t matter how bad we’ve been, with the blood of Jesus we can enter heaven. John 3:16-17 says this:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
Many believers have committed that scripture to memory. It is that important. I encourage you to memorize it as well and think on it often. It is this truth that saves us. If you are reading this and have not committed your life to Jesus, I encourage you to do it today. I’ll always remember the simple ABCs of committing one’s life to Christ. A: Admit that you are a sinner. B: Believe that Jesus died for you on the cross. And C: Confess your sins to him and repent from them. Yes, when boiled down it is that simple. But it is also more complicated. If it weren’t, the Bible would be a pamphlet, not a book. If you don’t know Jesus, I encourage you not to go to bed tonight before giving serious thought to this decision which will ultimately decide your eternity.
Christianity comes down to faith. Do you believe that God sent his son to die for your sins? Do you believe that there is a place called heaven and hell, and without Jesus’ blood to cover your sin you will not find entrance into heaven? None of us are righteous enough to get into heaven on our own; absolutely no one. We all need Jesus. If we don’t choose him, by default, we’re choosing hell. I pray that you choose him if you haven’t already. This is no joke. When you die, and we all will die, you’ll realize that heaven and hell are more real than this earthly life that we’re experiencing right now. I hope to see you in heaven. I have every intention of having my name written in the book of life, and I hope you do too.