No matter what your background is, where you come from, or where you're going, God gave His Son, Jesus, so that you would not have to die, but have eternal life (John 3:16).
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Why You Need Jesus
You might think, "Well I'm a good person. Surely, I'm going to heaven." Or, "I belong to denomination ABC or church XYZ. Surely, I'm going to heaven." Or even, "It doesn't matter which way I choose, I'll go to heaven when I die. All paths lead to God, anyway."
Read along and see what the Bible has to say. All scripture references are taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned-
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
The two passages above explain that all have sinned and no matter what good you do in life, it cannot earn you eternal life. Even if you never knowingly committed sin in your life, you were born with a sin nature. Sporting or boasting about a membership card to a certain organization, church, or denomination cannot save you because salvation is a free gift from God.
The Bible goes on further to say:
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me..."
"Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
Now there are a lot people in the world proclaiming to know the way to God and eternal life. Some even say it does not matter which route you take (Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, Self-Enlightenment, Nature, Astrology, Psychics, etc.), all roads lead to the same God. But, in John 14:6, Jesus emphatically declares that He is the only way to the Father. He does not share this role with anyone or anything else. It is by His Name and His Name alone that you can be saved.
How then does one become saved? The Bible says:
Romans 10:8-11 But what does it say? "The word is near you, even, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is the word of faith which we preach); that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the mouth confession is made to salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." Romans 10:13 For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Believing in your heart and making a simple confession with your mouth that Jesus is Lord is all you have to do to be saved. The great thing about calling on Jesus is that He will not put you on hold and make you wait for salvation. When you call upon Him by confessing Him as Lord of your life, you will be saved. There is no question about it. By now you might say, "Salvation is a free gift I cannot earn. Looking over my life, I can't say that I deserve to be saved."
But wait! Look at what the Bible says about this:
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.
We have already seen in the Bible that you cannot earn salvation. But, there is also nothing that you have done or could ever do in your life to make you ineligible to receive salvation through Jesus. God has given you the right to do so. You do not have to clean yourself up to approach Him. Come exactly as you are. When you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, those things that you have done in the past are left behind in the past.
Skeptics might say, "Well that's all fine and good. But, do you really expect us to believe in the Bible? Adam and Eve, Noah and the Ark, a burning bush, a virgin birth, Jesus dying on a cross to save the world, and His resurrection...Those events seem just a little farfetched."
Again, let's turn to the Bible:
I Corinthians 1:21, 25
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
"I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;"
The beauty of the Bible is that it is so simple. Anyone can understand it by accepting it as truth by faith. As indicated in the scriptures above (Ephesians 2:8 and Romans 10:9), accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life is a step of faith. Hebrews 11:6 says, that it is impossible to please God without faith. Jesus, in John 20:29, says those who have not seen and still believe are blessed.
God has given you the choice to believe and have life, or not to believe and have death. In so much as He urges you to choose life through Jesus, He will not force you. He loves you enough to give you a choice. He protects a decision to choose life just as He does a decision to choose death.
A Prayer to Meet Jesus (A Prayer For Salvation - Accept Your Gift)
Should you decide to accept the free gift of eternal life God has made available to you through Jesus, believe in your heart and say the following prayer with your mouth:
"I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe He died for me on Calvary's tree, bearing my sins for me. I believe that He rose from the dead and is alive right now.
Dear Lord Jesus, come into my life now! Come into my heart now.
I believe in my heart, therefore, I say with my mouth that Jesus Christ is my personal Lord and Savior. And I am, right now, born again."
If you just prayed the prayer above you are now born again. Nothing spectacular may have happen to you as you prayed and you may not feel any different from the way you felt two minutes before you prayed. But make no mistake, you are saved. Don't let anyone or even yourself convince you otherwise. When you leave this life, heaven will be your home.