JESUS came to restore for us a relationship with our Father God...
Jesus said: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
Here is the evidence of our Father God’s heart:
God’s desire for a relationship with us is evidenced by His action: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (- Gospel of John 3:16)
God’s desire for a relationship with us is evidenced by God the Son, Jesus, (“the Word”) coming to us and living with us on earth: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. – Gospel of John 1:14
But we have a sin problem, which has prevented us from enjoying this desired relationship: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (- Romans 3:23) And… “Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; 2 but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.” (- Isaiah 59: 1, 2)
God’s desire for a relationship with us is evidenced by His work to solve our sin problem. He has completely solved our sin problem by bearing our sins in His body on the cross - He died in our place: 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24) See also Isaiah chapters 52:13 – chapter 53 and Psalm 22.
God’s desire for a relationship with us is shown by His willingness to forgive. Because He has paid for our sins, If we agree with God that we have sinned and confess our sins, He will forgive: “Come now,” let us reason together, says the LORD, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; (Isaiah 1:18). 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Jesus told us that we must be born again… of the Spirit: 3 Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." … 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again. 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit." (Gospel of John 3: 3, 6-8)
So, receive Him and become His child!... 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (Gospel of John 1:12,13) If we receive and believe Him, we will follow Him in His way, not our own. Here is Jesus’ request: “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15). Repent means to turn around, accepting Jesus as our King and wanting to live his way, not ours.
Jesus says: 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. (- Revelation 3:20) Jesus is knocking at your heart. Pray - Open your heart to Him and invite Him in today as your Savior and King. Begin a relationship with Him today.
Here is how you may begin a relationship with Him… PRAY: “Heavenly Father, I believe that Jesus Christ is Your Son, and that He died on the cross to save me from my sin by paying the penalty for my sin. I believe that He rose again to life, and that He invites me to live forever with Him in heaven as part of Your family. Because of what Jesus has done, I ask You to forgive me of my sin and give me eternal life. I invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust Jesus as my Savior and follow Him as my Lord. Help me to live in a way that pleases and honors You. Amen.”
Jesus said: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (- Gospel of John 10:10) You may experience this abundant life by abiding in Him and in His Word as described in the Gospel of John chapters 14-17; Galatians 5 and elsewhere.
Abundant life can be yours in Jesus!
If you have opened your heart to the Lord, and trusted Him as Savior, it is important that you share your commitment to Jesus as your Lord and Savior with your friends and family. I too, would like to hear from you. I would like to correspond with you, be a friend and help with questions while you take your first steps with the Lord.
Feel free to email me, Jim, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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"...because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." - Romans 10:9