Why do I need Jesus?

God created humans to know and love Him, but all humans are sinful (Romans 3:23). Because of our sin, we cannot have a relationship with a perfect and holy God. Even just one sin makes us imperfect and unfit for friendship with God. There is nothing humans can do to make ourselves perfect. We cannot take away our own sin. Sin is so great that only God Himself can take it away. Good news, God loves us so much that He sent Jesus, His only son, to live the perfect life none of us could live and to die the death we all deserve (John 3:16).

Because Jesus is fully God and fully human, He was able to take all our sin upon Himself when He died on the cross (Titus 2:14). Our sin was crucified with Christ (Romans 6:6). When we trust that Jesus Christ paid for all our sin on the cross, God credits Christ’s perfection to us. God sees us the way He sees Christ, and He welcomes us as His children, to live with him forever (John 1:12).

What happens if I reject Jesus?

The greatest sin a human can commit is unbelief in Jesus. Unbelief is the only sin God will not forgive. The Bible tells us that those who reject Jesus as Savior will suffer eternal punishment and separation from God (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).  

I Want to Spend Eternity with God. How do I receive Jesus as my Savior?

*Believe. That’s all you have to do. Believe that Christ died for your sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

*Believe, that only Jesus is the way to God (Acts 4:12). Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6).  

I Believe that Jesus alone is Savior and Lord. Now what?

*Listen to the Holy Spirit. God promises to send the Spirit to all who belong to Jesus (Romans 8:9). The Holy Spirit dwells with each believer and teaches us God’s ways as we follow Jesus (John 14:23-26).

*Trust that in Christ, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit for the day when all believers will be resurrected to eternal life with God (Ephesians 4:30). We will receive resurrected bodies, just as Christ lives in a resurrected body (1 Corinthians 15:52-54).

*Turn away from living for this life and from trusting in your own efforts, your own beliefs, false religions, and the things of this world to save you and make you happy (Acts 2:38, 2 Chronicles 7:14).

*Live as a child of God, talking with Him continually in prayer. Study the Bible daily (free versions here). Worship God and pursue friendship with other believers. Try joining a local church.

*Do as Christ commands in His great commission, and tell everyone about Jesus. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:19-20).