Sure, you've heard
it a hundred times: Christ died for you. But maybe it's never really
made sense. Maybe it looks like he just happened to be killed, or he
happened to get caught, which is different than dying for you. Maybe
you even think he was a good guy and a great teacher, but that's still
different than dying for you.
Jesus' death was not the
result of his earthly trial, but was actually the fulfillment of his purpose
in coming to earth as a man - so that he could serve as a perfect once-for-all
sacrifice for all of us. He told others of his imminent crucifixion and the
necessity of it, and he accepted the pain and suffering that he knew would result.
But because he bore this cost on the cross, the cost of our sins, all that is
now required of us to have eternal life is faith in Him. Faith that he is the
Messiah, the Son of God, that he rose from the dead, and that his self-sacrifice
covers all of our sins, no matter how awful they may be.
A simple way to express
this faith and accept Christ is through prayer, telling God what you believe.
The links below are to churches and ministries of many denominations, across
the United States and around the world, with examples of prayers to tell God
you now believe in Jesus and accept Him as your savior. If you check them out
you'll notice strong similarities in them despite the denominational differences
because accepting Christ, or professing your belief in Christ and in the power
of His shed blood to pay the price for your sins, isn't a denominational
issue, it's a biblical calling. The exact wording of the prayers isn't important
- what matters is that you really believe in your heart that Jesus is the Son
of God who was crucified and rose from the dead, and in doing this, Jesus paid
the penalty for your sins instead of you. He is literally your savior - He saves
you from bearing the penalty of your own sins, which is death, and provides
eternal life instead. If you believe these things, we encourage you to tell
God this in your own words, or through a prayer in a link below: