In The Holy Scriptures,
God declared the Messiah would come to be
the Savior of the world. The life of Jesus gives
evidence that He is indeed the One the prophets
spoke about. Isaiah prophesied that, The
virgin will conceive a child and will give birth to a son. Centuries later,
the birth of Jesus was the fulfillment
of that prophecy. The Holy Scriptures declared
that the Holy One to be born would be called the Son of God. This means that Jesus was to
be called the Son of God in a spiritual,
not a physical sense. We see this in how
he lived His life. He Healed people from disease,
forgave their sins, turned them back to God
and promised them a place in God’s eternal kingdom. He offered Himself
as a sacrifice for sin in their place and then
rose again, conquering death. Jesus said, No one can
take my life from me. I lay it down
of my own accord. The life of Jesus
not only fulfilled the writings of the prophets,
but also confirmed the truth of God’s Holy Word. The prophets declared,
The Word of the Lord is flawless, Your Word, oh, Lord,
is eternal. Jesus Himself said,
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will
never pass away. Jesus came to give us
life in all its fullness. But when man disobeyed God
in the Garden of Eden, he chose to go his own way, and his actions separated
him from the Creator. The Holy Scriptures declare
that all have sinned and the payment for sin
is death, this means a spiritual death,
eternal separation from God. But just as God provided a ram to die in place of Abraham’s son, so He sent Jesus the Messiah
to die in our place. His life, death and resurrection restored the relationship between God
and all those who put their trust in Him. Now, those who follow Jesus not
only have their sins forgiven, but are saved from
God’s eternal judgment. They are assured of paradise
and will live with Him forever. It is this life and freedom from
the guilt and power of sin that Jesus offers
each person today. This does not mean following a
religion but choosing to have faith in Jesus who says,
I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice
and opens the door, I will come into Him. This means turning to God
and trusting Jesus to come into our lives,
to forgive our sins and to make us what
He wants us to be. It is not enough to
intellectually agree with His claims, nor to have an
emotional experience. We receive Him by grace through
faith as an act of the will. When people are ready to become
followers of Jesus the Messiah, they may speak to
Him in a simple prayer. Perhaps you are ready now
to open your life to God. If so, you may join in the
following prayer to Him silently in your heart; Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank you for dying
on the cross for my sins. I confess and repent of my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins
and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person
you want me to be, as I become one of your followers. Amen. Jesus said about His followers,
My sheep recognize My voice. I know them,
and they follow Me. In order to experience the
abundant life which Jesus promised,
His followers talk to God each day in prayer and read
or listen to His word. They tell others about Him
and meet regularly with those who love
and follow Him. Remember His wonderful promise. All power is given to Me
in Heaven and in earth. Low, I am with you always,
even to the end of the world.