Do You Know Jesus?
If someone were to ask you that question, what would you say? Perhaps you would take satisfaction in knowing that you pray and do the church thing up to a certain point. In fact, you may even find some comfort in knowing that you are “better than most” because of the mere fact that you do these things. But still, there seems to be something missing.
In this information age, it’s easy to assume that knowing about Jesus is the same as knowing Jesus. But Jesus said in one of His final prayers before the cross, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3). Knowing Jesus, rather than knowing about Jesus, means having a personal relationship—heart, mind, body and soul—with the one and only true God by believing that Jesus is who He says He is. That is, the Son of God who came to do His Father’s work.
This work is the work of salvation from the penalty of sin for all mankind—the penalty of death (Romans 6:23). Jesus accomplished this work, paying the penalty for our sins, through His own sinless death on the cross and His resurrection when He raised Himself back to life and won the victory over sin and death.
Because of this, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
God has given us this salvation and eternal life as a gift (Romans 6:23, again). As sinners, doing anything good enough to earn or deserve this gift is not even possible. As a gift, the price has already been paid for by the Giver, all you can do is accept it.
To accept God’s gift of eternal life, the following prayer is a guideline to help you express your desire to God:
Thank You for sending Your only Son for me. I know that I am a sinner and that there is nothing I can do to save myself from the consequences of sin. I believe that it is only through the sacrifice of Jesus that I am able to have abundant life with You beginning now and forever. I invite You to take Your place as Lord of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen
To learn more about knowing Jesus, please come and talk with us. We would love to pray with you and tell you more about how you can have a personal relationship with Him.