Who is this man?
You might be surprised to discover that this picture is a composite of what the folks at Popular Mechanics believe that a man from Jesus time would have looked like; what Jesus would have looked like! Disappointed? Probably! We are led to believe that famous people are good looking people! We think that he must have been really charismatic and good looking, right?
But his coming was not about fame. Isaiah the prophet even said about him, “He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.”
What was His coming about? It was about sin. The thing that has separated you and I from God. The thing that brings that nagging guilt to your life other the things you have done wrong. And if you do nothing about it, God warns that you will perish. Spend eternity separated from Him in a place called hell. But that is not how it has to be! There is good news! Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. You! All the needs to be done is for you to give your life to Him. Then He will give you eternal life! Here is how it works:
Recognize you have sinned.
First, you must admit your spiritual need: “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). We can’t make excuses or blame others and our circumstances for our actions. “For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Realize that Jesus died in your place for your sin.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God…” (I Peter 3:18). Jesus paid the price for your sin. The Apostle Paul said, “…the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
Repent of your sins.
The word “repent” means “to change your direction.” The Bible tells us, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19). God commands us to repent. You must be willing to turn away from the things that displease God.
Accept Jesus as your Savior.
Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). It is essential that you come to Jesus as you are. Don’t try to “clean up your life” before you come to God. Instead, receive Him and allow Him to do the “cleansing.” Jesus said, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37).
Perhaps you are ready to take this life-changing step. It is as simple a praying the following prayer:
Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sin. I repent of it and turn to you by faith right now. I thank you for dying on the cross for me and paying the price for all of my sins. I ask you to come into my life right now and be my Savior, my Lord and my Friend. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. Help me be your disciple from now on. Thank you Lord. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
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