Who is Jesus Christ and why did God send Him?
God wants us to receive and enjoy the gift of eternal life, both now and in eternity.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
(Romans 6 v 23.)
But we are all sinners by nature and choice and so we reject his offer and selfishly live our lives without reference to God.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
(Romans 3 v 23)
The bad news is that because God is holy and just he must punish our sin “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”(Romans 6 v 23); but the good news is that he loves us, and by the death and resurrection of Jesus has provided forgiveness for our sin “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3 v 18.)
But the only way in which Jesus can truly effect our lives is if we receive him “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1 v 12). We do this by turning from our sin (repenting); trusting in Jesus (exercising faith); and by giving him control of our lives as we receive him as Saviour and Lord.
A guiding prayer for salvation
If you want to do this then why not pray the following prayer –
“Dear Lord I admit that I have sinned and gone my own way and am in need of forgiveness. I believe that you are the Son of God and that you died on the cross and were raised from the dead. I turn from my sins and receive you as my Saviour and Lord. Thank you for saving me.”
If you have just made the most important decision of your life “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”(Romans 10 v 13) then start attending a local church; begin talking to God in prayer; and get hold of a Bible and start reading it; all of which will enable you to grown in your new found faith.