Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
One Solitary Life
He was born in an obscure Middle Eastern village, the child of a young peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village, where He worked in a carpentry shop until He was thirty. Then, for three years He was an itinerant preacher, travelling from place to place healing people and doing good wherever He went.
He never had a family and never owned a house. He never wrote a book, or held a public office. He never traveled more than two hundred miles from the place He was born. He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness.
While He was still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against Him. His friends deserted Him. He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only property He owned — His clothes. As they watched him die, He asked God to forgive them.
When He was dead, He was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave. Three days later He rose from the dead and appeared to His followers and sent them out into the world in His Name.
Twenty centuries have come and gone since then, and today He is the most well-known historical figure in of all human history. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of humankind upon this earth as much as this “One Solitary Life.”
Good News: The Gospel Message of Salvation
You may think, as so many do, that you have to clean yourself up and become a “good” person before you can present yourself to God, but YOU DON’T. In fact, there is nothing any of us can do to make ourselves worthy of coming before God.
Nor do you have to understand it all! God sent His son Jesus with the wonderful FREE gift of salvation for you no matter who you are, or what you have done, or how ‘bad’ you have been.
We are all sinners, but God the Father can offer you the gift of salvation paid in full for you by the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus. He will forgive you for all your past sins and give you His perfect pardon, He will give you Eternal Life, and He will give you the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, who will stay with you and lead you, and gently encourage you forever. And it’s ALL free. That is the GOOD NEWS message that Jesus preached.
To accept this gift, all you have to do is ask Jesus into your life. Just pray something like this:
“Lord God I realize that I am a sinner. And although I may not understand it all, I trust that your son Jesus paid for my sins on the cross, overcame death by rising again and is alive with you. I now turn away from my sins and I accept your free gift of Salvation. I invite You, Jesus, to come into my life and show me the way to go from here. In Jesus name I pray. Amen”
Now watch Him give your life a whole new meaning.
Instructions to New Believers
- Buy a Bible written in modern English such as the New Revised Standard Version.
- Start reading at the Gospel of John.
- Next, read the Gospel of Luke, the book of Acts, the letter to the Phillipians.
- Buy a Bible Study guidebook and read through the entire New Testament.
- Find a friendly Church where Jesus is spoken of often and the Bible is studied and folks really care.
- Begin cultivating some Christian friendships.
- Begin the habit of speaking to God in prayer every day.
Finally, don’t worry that you can’t understand everything as quickly as you would like. The Holy Spirit will lead you and teach you every day. A good sign that you are on track is an abiding peace in your heart. Whenever you don’t have peace ask the Holy Spirit to show you what in your life can be changed or adjusted.
May the Lord bless you and keep you and shine His face upon you in your new Life.