Did you know that Jesus, God in the flesh, chose to die in your place—so that you may have life eternal?
That surely is a hard concept to wrap one’s brain around, the fact that someone else would die for us. However it is the truth—Jesus sacrificed Himself because He loves us. It is also truth that humans, with an average life span approximated at 72 years world wide, die. But when we die, what happens? Are the lights now “permanently out”? Is it really “game over”?
Through Jesus’ teachings, Christians know our hope remains in Him for a life after death. Jesus knew His appointment to earth was as the final sacrifice for all sin. He fulfilled that appointment as only the King of kings, the most victorious of all, could. And He did it all for you!
1. Jesus stepped down to earth in a fully human form to show the glory of God. Through Jesus’ body, God’s presence was made visible to us.
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
2. Jesus came to offer eternal life. In His time, those who were blessed to hear Jesus’ words and/or see His deeds had the choice to believe, or not to believe in Him. Believers were given eternal life. This blessing also holds true today and tomorrow and until Christ returns. All who believe Jesus’ words and deeds as written in the Bible, are given eternal life.
John 6:53-54 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.
3. Jesus came as the embodiment of truth, the epitome of God’s word. Christians believe Jesus is King and we listen to His word..
John 18:37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
4. Jesus came to fulfill over 300 prophecies written in the Old Testament hundreds of years before He was born. Jesus knew exactly what His ending on earth would be like.
Luke 24:44-48 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
5. Jesus came for the sake of sinners (which includes all who believe themselves to be righteous). Jesus, during His time on earth, was the only human to ever be without sin.
Mark 2:17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
6. Jesus came first, so that believers would then receive the Holy Spirit to give us direction here on earth. Jesus knew He would not always walk amongst us so He sent a helper, the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 4:4-6 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”
7. Jesus came to defeat evil and restore to man the goodness satan tries to eliminate.
1 John 3:8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
Now is the time to thank Jesus for all He has done for you. Ask God into your life right now. Pray this sinner’s prayer, found at Gotquestions.com:
“God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”