Tell me about Jesus

Jesus came to offer you an amazing gift. He offers you forgiveness and freedom to experience God’s love. This means you can live life to the full, at rest and peace with God, yourself and those around you.

If Jesus was God, why did he let himself die on a cross?

The reason Jesus came to earth was to die for us so that we could be united with God. We have all done bad stuff in our lives and these things separate us from God.

 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23

 Sin results in death, but Jesus came to rescue us.

 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23

Jesus came to pay the price of our sins by dying in our place. Jesus was the Son of God and was perfect, he lived a life without sin. It’s an amazing exchange. We swap our sin for Jesus’ perfection. Not because we deserve it but because of his love and grace.

 Jesus let himself die on the cross and suffer the most agonizing death so that we can be forgiven, washed clean, given a fresh start and come into a relationship with God, our Father.

Jesus said he would beat death and come back to life again.

On the third day he will rise again.”  - Luke 18:33

After he was raised back to life over 500 people saw Jesus.

So what does it mean for me?

Do you think you could believe Jesus was who he said he was – the Son of God? Can you believe that he was raised from the dead? If so, the Bible says:

If you declare with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

What now?

As with any gift, we need to decide if we want it. Do you want to receive the gifts of rest, love, freedom and peace that Jesus is offering you? If you do, you need to say ‘yes’ to Jesus.

This means telling him how very sorry you are for all that you’ve done wrong and asking for forgiveness, thanking him for what he has done and asking him to come into your life. Why not pray this simple prayer to start your relationship with God?

Dear Father God

I believe Jesus was the Son of God. I believe that he died in my place so that I could be forgiven and have a relationship with you. I believe he conquered death and rose again three days after he died on the cross.

Jesus, I want to accept the gift that you give me (mention a few things that are on your mind). I ask you to come into my life and I give you control. I declare that you are Lord.

I ask you to give me the Holy Spirit who you promise will help me to live the life that is best for me.

Help me to begin to love you with all my heart, soul, strength and mind, and to love those around me.

Amen


What next?

Tell someone about your decision, pray regularly, (this is just talking to God) and start reading the Bible.

A church like Bethshan will help you in your faith as you’ll make friends with other people who believe and receive regular encouragement and inspiration from the bible.

The following websites may be helpful:

Daily readings for new Christians can be found at https://www.exploregod.com

Christian radio and daily bible readings at https://www.ucb.co.uk

The Father’s Love Letter, God’s promises to you: https://www.fathersloveletter.com/video2.html

Archbishop Justin Welby explains the gospel and what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ (2.09 mins):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCXE0SyNjmY

Worship music can be found by searching Bethel or Hillsong on YouTube or Spotify

 

 

 

Theresa Finch, 30/01/2020