Jesus, also known as Jesus Christ, was born in Bethlehem, a small Jewish town, around 6-4 BCE. When he was about 30 years of age, he began publicly teaching about the Kingdom of God, performing many miraculous signs. He gave sight to the blind and raised the dead back to life. Jesus also claimed to be God. Some people find this claim very contentious!
The great English writer C. S. Lewis says in his book, Mere Christianity:
“You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon, or you can fall at his feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that option open to us. He did not intend to.”
Not only did Jesus claim to be God, but he also claimed to be the only way to God:
“Jesus told him [Thomas], “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”John 14:6 (NLT)
This short video illustrates what Jesus did for us and the difference he can make in our lives.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.Romans 3:23-26 (NLT)
Numerous people have shared about how Jesus has transformed their lives completely after they decided to place their trust in Him and follow Him. Have a listen to the following story.
Responding to Jesus is as simple. We simply need to tell Him that we trust Him and accept His gift of love and forgiveness. And we can be assured that Jesus listens!
You can use these words as simple prayer to Jesus, and ask Him to be your Saviour and Lord today.
“Lord Jesus, thank You for loving me and dying for me on the cross. Your precious blood washes me clean of every sin. You are my Lord and Saviour, now and forever. I believe that You rose from the dead and that You are alive today. Because of Your finished work, I am now a beloved child of God and heaven is my home. Thank You for giving me eternal life and filling my heart with Your peace and joy. Amen.”
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