If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal savior, I implore you to read this post...all the way to the end :)
God created Adam and Eve so He could have companions...children...someone to love and share a relationship with. What I think is so cool, is that the Lord actually created all of us with that desire to have a relationship with Him. Eve (and then Adam) blew it by sinning. That created a distance between them and the Lord. Every single person (other than Jesus Christ) has sinned since Adam and Eve.
On our own, we are completely unable to get past those sins. There are no works that we can do that would ever be good enough to bridge that gap on our own. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23. Every single person has sinned. Whether it be by thought or deed. We are all sinners. Yup...even thinking mean thoughts about the person that cut you off in the grocery store parking lot is a sin.
Because we are "hard wired" to seek a relationship with the Lord, there will always be something "missing" without Him (which unfortunately so many people try and fill with drugs, alcohol, promiscuity etc.)
Throughout the Old Testament of the Bible, it was prophesied that one day there would be born a Savior, a Messiah that would die on our behalf (as the ultimate sacrifice) so we could have the close relationship with the Lord that we've always been meant to have...the relationship we naturally crave. (There are about 425 prophesies throughout the Old Testament that speak of the messiah.)
Well, the Messiah was Jesus Christ. He fulfilled all of the Old Testament prophesies (that were written thousands of years before His birth) and He lived a totally blameless, pure life so that His life could be used as an offering or sacrifice for ours. Jesus died to pay for my sins, so that I (and you) could have that close relationship with God.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16.
God never intended for sin to be introduced into the world...that was Adam and Eve's thing. God always wanted a close personal relationship with each of us...and Jesus made that possible.
Here's the bottom line:
-God loves us and wants to have a close relationship with us.
-We blew it by sinning. "the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23
-That's right, we are out of luck...holding a one-way ticket to hell. The Bible says, that the result of our sins is death.
-BUT!!!!! Did you hear the good news at the end of that verse? "the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" Jesus paid our debt. He bridged that gap for us. He died on the cross as the ultimate sacrifice that we might have that close relationship back with God.
-The best news. Jesus died for us on that cross...He was humiliated, broken, hurt, tortured and killed...all because of us....but here's the thing...
Jesus Christ rose from the grave and is now seated next to God in heaven. He won!!!
Jesus was victorious over the sin ( OUR sin) and we can be too.
If we believe that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead, and we ask for forgiveness for our sins...we can live with the Lord...both here on earth and then eternally in Heaven.
"9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Romans 10:9
Just by earnestly praying this prayer, you can be saved.
" Dear Heavenly Father,
I know I'm a sinner and I need your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus died on that cross to pay for my sins and that He rose up and conquered them. I want to change my life today Lord. Please forgive me and show me how to live my life for You Lord. In Jesus name I pray, Amen."
If you honestly prayed that prayer, I am so excited for you! First thing you should do is get your hands on a Bible. If you can't get one for whatever reason, please e-mail me directly and I will send one to you. Arrowsofgrace@gmail.com The next step is finding a good, Bible believing church in your area. If you need help in this area, please feel free to e-mail me as well. And if you didn't pray this prayer today because you have questions...please e-mail me as well. I will do my best to answer any questions you my have.
And finally...may the Lord bless and keep you...and give you peace.