Did Jesus Christ Save Me 2000 Years Ago?
The answer to your question is first, yes,
God provided for your salvation by sending Jesus over 2000 years ago,
when He died on the cross.
He died to pay the punishment for your sins, my sins and for the sins of the whole world.
When God told Joseph about Mary's baby He said, "She will bear a Son,
and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He Who will save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21).
I John 4:4 says, "The Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world."
However, Scripture is clear, this salvation is not automatic.
There is one thing God requires for it to be ours.
That is, that we must believe in what He has done,
believe in His Son and receive Him.
We must accept it, i.e take it.
Here is how Christ accomplished our salvation
and how it can become ours and be applied to us.
God's Word, the Bible, tells us in Romans 3:23 that,
"all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"
and in Romans 6:23 God says, "the wages of sin is death."
Death, in Scripture, as our payment for sin means far more than physical death,
it is eternal punishment and separation from God.
I John 2:2 and I John 4:10 both say,
"The Father sent the Son to be the propitiation for our sins."
The word propitiation means to make atonement or payment for sin.
The Amplified New Testament says "the atoning sacrifice."
I Peter 2:24 explains this by saying, "He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross."
Please read Isaiah 53. Verse 5 says, "He was pierced through for our transgressions."
Verse 6 says, "but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him."
Jesus paid our penalty of death. When Jesus was dying He said, "It is finished."
He also said He came to do the will of God and to finish the work God sent Him to do,
that is, as in Matthew 1:21, to be the Savior of the world.
See also Hebrews 10:7.
Those words, "it is finished," actually mean in Greek, "paid in full."
These were the words written on the document given to a criminal
when they were set free after serving their time in jail, which said their sentence
was "paid in full" and they no longer had punishment coming.
This is what Jesus did for us, we are free, we are forgiven forever.
You need to read Hebrews 9:11-10:17 carefully.
It explains this more fully. Here are a few highlights.
The Old Testament sacrificial system teaches us (Hebrews 9:22)
that "without shedding of blood there is no remission" of sins, no forgiveness.
The Old Testament system of sacrifices "could not take away sin."
They just covered them till Jesus came. See Hebrews 10:4-11.
Chapter 9 verse 10 says, "by this will we have been sanctified through the offering
of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all."
Verse 26 says, "He put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself."
Verse 28 says, "Christ…having been offered once to bear the sins of many,"
and chapter 10 verse 14 says, "He perfected for all time those who are sanctified."
Hebrews 10:17 says, "their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more."
Hebrews 9:12 says, "through His blood He entered the Holy Place once for all,
obtaining eternal redemption." Jesus paid for our sins once for all time.
This is the Gospel, the Good News, the Truth.
Paul states this truth in I Corinthians 15:3 when it says,
"as of first importance that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures."
Matthew 26:28 says, "this is the new covenant in my blood
which is shed for you for the remission of sins."
This is the provision God has given through His Son,
but remember that it is not automatic, that God has a requirement and that is that you believe.
John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son
that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life."
Romans 6:23 ends by saying, "the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
The gift has to be believed and received. If you don't take a gift it isn't yours.
Like a cure for a disease, you must take it. John 1:12 (NASB) says,
"But as many as received Him to them He gave the right to become children of God,
to those who believed in His name."
Many people in New Testament times rejected Jesus and would not believe Who He was,
but like the thief on the cross, to those who believed on Him and called on Him Jesus said,
"you shall be with Me in paradise." Romans 10:13 says,
"Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Philippians 2:8-11 shows us that we must believe and acknowledge
that Jesus is Lord God, the Savior of the world.
Verses 10&11 say, "every knee should bow…every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord."
John 3:18 says, "He who believes in Him is not condemned,
but he who does not believe is condemned already
because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
Be sure to read John 3:36 also. We must acknowledge Who Jesus is and receive what He has done for us.
When we believe and receive Him He makes us His Child (John 1:12),
He sends His Spirit to live in us (I Corinthians 3:16),
we are saved from the penalty of sin and forgiven (Romans 4:7&8; Hebrews 10:7&8),
and, "we will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16&17). We have only to believe to have all this.
We need only to come to Him, ask for it, take it.
It is not by doing good deeds, but by believing.
"By grace are you saved through faith and, not of yourselves, it is the gift of God,
not of works lest any man should boast," (Ephesians 2:8&9).
Romans 3:22-25 also talks about the "righteousness of God
through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe…
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…as a propitiation in His blood through faith."
I invite you to take His gift, as does the Scripture, Revelation 22:17:
"and the Spirit and the bride say come… and let him who is thirsty come,
let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost."
This is not the end all for us, it is the beginning of life for us here and now,
because He promises to be with us always (Matthew 28:20),
and enables us to live for Him and promises to help us in everything.
I Peter 2:24 says He saves us not just from the penalty of sin but so we can "live to righteousness."
Ephesians 2:10 says we are saved to do "good works."
Good works don't save us but He changes us so we can please Him and do good.
Matthew 3:8 says, "Produce fruit in keeping with repentance."
In John 10:10 Jesus said, "I have come that they might have life
and that they might have it more abundantly."
In Matthew 11:29 Jesus says, "Take my yolk upon you and learn of me,
for I am meek and lowly of heart
and you shall find rest unto your souls."
If you wish to know more you can look on Photos for Souls
under "what must I do to be saved," or read the Gospel of John or Romans chapters 3, 4 & 10.
A man in Acts asked this question: "What must I do to be saved,"
and he was answered in Acts 16:31 which says,
"Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved."
Do you have the assurance that if you were to die today,
you'll be in the presence of the Lord in Heaven?
Death for a believer is but a doorway that opens into eternal life.
Those who fall asleep in Jesus
shall be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.
Those you've laid in the grave in tears,
you shall meet them again with joy!
Oh, to see their smile and feel their touch...
never to part again!
Yet, if you don't believe in the Lord, you're going to hell.
There is no pleasant way to say it.
The Scripture says,
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
~ Romans 3:23
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved."
~ Romans 10:9
Don't fall asleep without Jesus
until you are assured of a place in heaven.
Tonight, if you would like to receive the gift of eternal life
first you must believe in the Lord.
You have to ask for your sins to be forgiven
and put your trust in the Lord.
To be a believer in the Lord, ask for eternal life.
There's only one way to heaven and that's through the Lord Jesus.
That's God's wonderful plan of salvation.
You can begin a personal relationship with Him
by praying from your heart a prayer such as the following:
"Oh God, I'm a sinner.
I've been a sinner all of my life.
Forgive me, Lord.
I receive Jesus as my Savior.
I trust Him as my Lord.
Thank you for saving me.
In Jesus' name, Amen."
you have never received the
Lord Jesus as your personal Savior, but
have received Him today after
reading this invitation, please let us know.
If you have never received the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior,
but have received Him today after reading this invitation, please let us know.
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