Ever wonder why Jesus Christ came to earth, lived a sinless life, but suffered a brutal death on the cross? The coming of Jesus and what He did for us on the cross was prophesied hundreds of years before He came in Isaiah 53 – that He would be despised, rejected, and give His life – the atonement for the sins of mankind.
John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” What Jesus did on the cross He did for everyone who would believe in Him and receive His sacrifice as payment for our sins.
Whatever lifestyle we have led in the past, whatever sins we have committed, we are promised new life in Christ – “old things pass away, behold, all things are becoming new.” (II Corinthians 5:17)
We are also promised, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12) In Christ, we have blessed assurance that our sins can be forgiven and remembered against us no more. He came to set the captives free! (Isaiah 53:5; Luke 4:18)
God is faithful and His forgiveness is full and complete and available to all who will come to Him.
If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life, there is a simple prayer you can pray to receive God’s forgiveness,
Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for me. I come to you, asking that you forgive me for my sins. I want to be made new in You. Thank you, Lord, for cleansing me and making me a new creature in Christ and I will follow You all the days of my life.(I Corinthians 6:11; I John 1:9; Revelation 3:20, 22:17)
If you prayed that prayer and meant it, you are now a child of God! (Romans 10:9) You might not feel any different, but the gospel is about facts not feelings. If you have put your faith in Christ, then you have been forgiven and He has come into your life.
There are four things that will help you know God and have a relationship with Him –