Who is Jesus?

and why Jesus?

Here is what the Bible says about Jesus Christ

Colossians 1:15-20 (NLT)

15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.

He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,

16 for through him God created everything

in the heavenly realms and on earth.

He made the things we can see

and the things we can’t see—

such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.

Everything was created through him and for him.

17 He existed before anything else,

and he holds all creation together.

18 Christ is also the head of the church,

which is his body.

He is the beginning,

supreme over all who rise from the dead.

So he is first in everything.

19 For God in all his fullness

was pleased to live in Christ,

20 and through him God reconciled

everything to himself.

He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth

by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

Philippians 2:6-11 (NLT)

6 Though he was God,

he did not think of equality with God

as something to cling to.

7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;

he took the humble position of a slave

and was born as a human being.

When he appeared in human form,

8 he humbled himself in obedience to God

and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor

and gave him the name above all other names,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

Colossians 1:15-20 (NLT)

15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.

He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,

16 for through him God created everything

in the heavenly realms and on earth.

He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—

such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.

Everything was created through him and for him.

17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

18 Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body.

He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead.

So He is first in everything.

19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,

20 and through him God reconciled everything to himself.

He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth

by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

Philippians 2:6-11 (NLT)

6 Though he was God,

he did not think of equality with God

as something to cling to.

7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;

he took the humble position of a slave

and was born as a human being.

When he appeared in human form,

8 he humbled himself in obedience to God

and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor

and gave him the name above all other names,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

But why do we need Jesus in our life?

1. ALL HAVE SINNED

All have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. (Romans 3:23) God has a standard by which we must live, and failing to live up to this standard is sin. God is perfect and His standard is perfection. None of us can attain this therefore we all have sinned.

2. THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH

The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23) We have all sinned so we all deserve the punishment for sin; where there is a crime there must be punishment. God’s system has one punishment for sin: death.

3. WE’RE JUDGED ON WHAT WE DID HERE

And just as it is destined that each person dies only once and after that comes judgment… (Hebrews 9:27) We get one chance at life; the decisions we make on earth have eternal consequences. Once we die, we are judged on what we have done with our lives. The only thing that will save us from being condemned is a relationship with Jesus.

4. JESUS TOOK THE PUNISHMENT FOR OUR SINS

God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21) The good news is that Jesus came to take the punishment for our sin. He lived a perfect life, which is something we will never do. He couldn’t be punished for His own sin because He didn’t have any. His punishment was entirely for us.

5. FORGIVENESS IS AVAILABLE IF WE CONFESS

If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. (1 John 1:9) Just because Jesus died doesn’t mean all of this happens automatically. We have to recognize what He has done for us and ask Him to forgive us for our sin. When we do this, He will forgive us and we will be made clean in God’s sight.

6. NEW LIFE WITH GOD FOR ETERNITY

Those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life. (John 5:24) If we respond to the message of what God has done, through Jesus, we will have new life. This new life will go on forever, it is eternal. We have left our sin, and all the death that goes with it, for an amazing new life in God.

I WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A CHILD OF GOD, WHAT DO I DO?

“When the Apostle Peter was asked this question he said, “You must turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptised in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ (Acts 2:38)”

HERE ARE THE STEPS:

1) YOU MUST TURN FROM YOUR SINS

Sin is simply disobedience to God. Sin deserves punishment and we are sinners; our sin separates us from God. There is nothing we can do to make ourselves acceptable; we need God to save us. This means completely turning away from the lifestyle we have been living and turning to God. The Bible calls this ‘repentance’.

Before we are a child of God, we do what we want, we rule our own lives. When we become a child of Jesus, we then surrender this position to Jesus. He becomes the person who sets the direction of our lives. So we become like Him. That’s what it means to be Christian or Christ-like.

Obviously, our lifestyle will change but it’s not about a set of religious ‘do’s and don’ts’! It’s about a change of heart. If we can understand that repentance is turning away from what we have been doing and giving God control of our lives, everything else will follow.

2) ASK JESUS TO COME INTO YOUR HEART

As a sign of turning from sin, we begin by asking Jesus to come into our heart. This is also called as the, ‘Salvation Prayer’ or the ‘Sinners prayer’. The Bible says in 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Repentance is not something you should think. Praying out-loud will remove any doubt from your mind about whether you have really prayed or not. Here is a summary of what you must pray.

Feel free to put them in your words and pray with all your heart and mind:

a) You need to confess your sins and ask for God’s forgiveness. b) Ask Jesus to come into your life as Saviour and Lord. c) Thank God for His forgiveness.

You can do this anytime and anywhere. (You are then putting your life into God’s control and saying that from that moment you will follow and serve Jesus alone.) If you have prayed this prayer from the bottom of your heart, you now have Jesus in your heart.

Now tell someone what you have done! Spread the good news.

3) BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS

Now after you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, find a church where you can be baptised – in water and in the Holy Spirit. It is a commandment of Jesus that all those who believe must be baptized in the name of Jesus. “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16: 16.

The word Baptism is derived from the Greek word, ‘Baptiso’, meaning ‘immersion’. This implies going right under the water as a symbol of dying with Christ, dying to their old life, and coming up again, rising with Him into a new life. This can happen as soon as we’ve accepted Jesus as our Savior, and wherever we are.

In the Bible, Philip baptised a man in a river at a roadside. Paul baptized a jailor, and his family, in his house. In both cases the Bible implies they were baptised within hours of becoming Christians. Many churches today have a structure or system in the way they baptise people and we should respect that. But we mustn’t lose sight of what the early church was doing.

They were baptising, or immersing, people in water as a sign of their repentance. Meeting with other Christians who are born again and going to a church every week will help you know Jesus better.

If you have prayed the salvation prayer today, we would love to hear from you! Send us an email and we would love to connect you to a church near your place.

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