Sunday, November 18, 2012

Jesus Loves You--Do You Love Him?

Do you love someone?  A spouse?  A son or daughter?  Mom or dad?  Do you love them so much that you'd take all their wrong doings, all their shame, all their sins, take all their burdens, die, and face an almighty God in their place?

Most of us would say yes, we love someone, but stop short of bearing all the sins and burdens and dying, facing an almight God for them. 

We can't do that.  We can't take someone else's burdens.  We can't take someone's sins away.  God won't take sins from someone else's account and put them to ours.  We have to take care of our sin debt ourselves. 

Except---God loves us so much, so so much, that HE did exactly that.  All your sins, all your sorrows, all your pain and suffering, all your hurts and burdens, He provided a way to take them away from you so you don't have to carry them anymore.  God loves you so much, He prepared a way for you to be sinless in His sight. 

You can't make yourself sinless in God's sight.  He is holy, and we are not.  No amount of work, no amount of good works, no amount of prescribed memorized prayers said over and over, will make you sinless in His presence.  No amount of worship, tradition, routine can make you perfect in His sight.

God knows we can't make ourselves clean before Him.  He knows the One who can.  He sent His only begotten Son, named Jesus, born of a virgin, to bear your sin.  Only Jesus has the ability to be your advocate, your lawyer, your sacrifice, before a holy and just God.  Jesus loves you so much that He came to earth born a man unto a virgin girl, in the lowliest of positions, lived and taught and obeyed the Law perfectly, lived a sinless life, and went to a horrible crucifixion death in order that you may live.  He bore your sins and mine when up on that cross, He became the only sacrifice that God will accept for the atonement for our sins. 

You can't do that.  Not for yourself, not for your children, not for anyone you love.

Jesus loves you so much, He did it for you. 

And what's even better--He's still alive!  His tomb is empty, He is risen, and sits at the right hand of God Almighty, advocating and interceing for us. 

He made that sacrifice for you, He died for you, took the payment for your sins.  He did the work for you.  You just have to ask Him now to put your sins on His account.  He has the gift for you, it's up to you to accept it.  He paid your ransom, will you accept the gift of life from Him?

John 3:16"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

Romans 5:8 tells us that God loved us so that "when we were in our sin
Christ Jesus came to die for us."

Romans 3:23
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"

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

Second Corinthians 5:21 says, "He who knew no sin became sin for us, that
we may be made the righteousness of God through Him."

Romans 10:9-10"that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart
that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a
person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he
confesses, resulting in salvation."

Romans 10:13
"for Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved."

Will YOU confess and call out for Jesus to save you?  It is so simple, just come to Him with a humble heart, and pray something like this (it doesn't have to be exact, just come from the heart):

"Dear God, I know that I am a sinner, and I am sorry. I need a Savior. I know I cannot save myself. I believe by faith that Jesus, your Son, died on the cross to be my Savior. I believe He arose from the grave to live as my Lord. I turn from my sin. I ask You, Lord Jesus, to forgive my sin and come into my heart. I trust you as my Savior and receive you as my Lord. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me."

Jesus loves YOU! 

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