What do I need Jesus for?
By Lars Hyldgård
Maybe you've had one of the following thougts?
- If God is truly there, how can I get in contact with Him?
- I can believe in God, but what do I need Jesus for?
According to the Bible, in the beginning there was a perfect harmony between God and man. In God’s eyes, man was the best thing He had created. Because God had made man in His own image, man had a very special relationship with God.
In the garden, all life was in perfect balance – the kind of harmony we might all be longing for. Back then, there was no cold wind, nor any grey hairs or any dead thing. Everything was happy and harmonious - and it wasn’t due to anti-depressants. But when man was tempted to go against the guidelines of God, a painful distance arose between God and man. Sin and death came into the world, which is why the world is not perfect today.
The fall in the garden was tragic, but in time, man began to seek God – despite the distance that had now been created. God chose a people among those that sought Him, and He gave them the Ten Commandments among other things. You know, those that say: You may not kill, you may not steal, you may not lie, and so on. They speak about God’s righteousness, and God is far more just and perfect than we can understand.
Jesus stood forth as the only perfect person on earth – and showed us God’s heart. He spoke the truth in love and healed people everywhere. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the express image of God. That means, that if we want to know who God is, we need to look at Jesus.
Jesus explained that all people will be held accountable for their lives, and that after this life, there awaits us either a wonderful heaven or a terrible hell. Today, this is confirmed through thousands of near-death experiences. So, you see, you and I will be judged when this life is over. And the way that we will be judged, will not be according to the standards of men, but the standard of God.
It is in fact a logical thing:
If heaven needs to be perfect, then no sin nor evil can be allowed to enter heaven.
To be able to save us, Jesus had to make us realize just how serious a thing our sin is. Not according to the standards of men, but in fact, according to the standard of heaven.
In God’s court of law
Several places in the Bible, we read that no liars, thieves, deceivers, scoffers nor sexually immoral people will enter heaven. Some will object here and say: “But I’m a good person.” But with the self-righteous people, Jesus simply tightens the rules, and says: “Those of you that even calls your brother a fool, has deserved to go to hell.”
Let’s be honest: Have you ever lied? Or stolen something? Have you always honored God? Have you hurt someone, or have you been part of bullying someone? Have you been selfish at the expense of others?
- In all honesty, I just lost the opportunity to make it to heaven on my own here. What about you?
BUT, - it is right here, when you really understand that you are guilty toward God, that you see your need for mercy and forgiveness. And right here, you can come to appreciate what Jesus has done for you!..
The Bible tells us this about Jesus:
He himself bore our sins in His body on the cross … (1. Peter 2:24; NIV).
He who was innocent, yes, completely blameless, took upon Himself your sin and my sin as our substitution. And in that same moment, the veil to the holiest room inside of the temple was torn in two, because Jesus had made a way for us to fellowship with God. On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead, and thereby conquered the power of death. After His resurrection, at least 500 people saw Him – before He was visibly carried off to Heaven.
Your salvation has been paid for, but you need to receive it – by letting Jesus become your Savior. This naturally means that He then also becomes your Lord – that is the highest authority in your life. Being completely submitted to Jesus is part of “the narrow way” that leads to EVERLASTING LIFE! (Matt. 7:13-14; Luke 6:46-49).
On the cross, Jesus has purchased your freedom with His blood. He has opened a way unto eternal life for you! And if you say yes to Him, you no longer belong to yourself. Instead, you now belong to Him, The One who has conquered death.
If you say no to Him, you will be judged for your sins. In that case, the devil will have a claim on you, and you will end up in hell.
Jesus said about Himself:
“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John. 14:6).
That is why you will not be able to know God, without relating first to Jesus.
When Jesus died on the cross, it was the greatest act of love in world history. Jesus entered the deepest darkness for you, for me and for all people – to save as many as possible. This powerful message can fill any heart with peace.
The choice is yours: Are you willing to risk dying – without knowing Jesus?
When you die, it will be to late to decide. An example of this is: If you’re flying from Copenhagen to New York tonight, you need to redeem your ticket and board the plane. Otherwise, the plane will leave without you. Indecisiveness is also a choice.
Therefore: When God shows you that you need to make a choice – it’s time to choose.
The one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. (John 6:37).
So why not decide to come to Him now?
What do I need to do now? Concrete steps:
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