“All people, whether Jews or Gentiles are under the power of sin.” Romans 3:9
When I was homeless living outside on the streets of Denver, Colorado I had lost everything and I was running scared. My 28 year journey of addiction and manic depression had brought me to the edge of life and death. I had become spiritually devastated and broken. I felt like there was a big concrete barrier between me and God, and I did not know how to break through it. Emotionally, I was full of anger and rage and uncontrolled fear that was killing my spirit and my will to live. I was consumed by a loneliness that I could feel in my bones, like a constant burning ache in my soul. I was all alone.
In the end, I was sleeping inside of an electrical utility closet in an alley behind my favorite bar. People were dying all around me, and I could feel death breathing down the back of my neck. I knew in my soul that I was going to die very soon, if I did not make a change. In utter desperation and trembling with fear, I said a very simple but powerful prayer: I said. “Jesus please help me.” With the help of Jesus and my family, I was able to get to Hazelden Foundation in Minnesota for long term treatment. I am alive today because Jesus loved me that day and he continues to love me now.
Sin separates all of us from God. This was the “concrete barrier” that I was talking about. Jesus gives us forgiveness of our sins and eternal life. Jesus took our punishment so that we could have eternal life.
The Bible explains it this way: “But now God has shown us a way to be made right with Him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.” Romans 3:21-22 (NIT)
“For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when He held back and did not punish those sinners in times past, for He was looking ahead and including them in what He would do in this present time.” Romans 3:25-26 (NIT)
Some people try to complicate or mystify what Christianity really is. All of us have sinned and Jesus is answer. Jesus paid the price of our sin by sacrificing His life, so that we can live. Jesus sacrificed His life so that we can have forgiveness of our sins, and He was raised by the Father so that we can receive the free gift of eternal life. All we have to do is ask Jesus into our hearts and pray a prayer like the one below.
There has never been a better deal, a more important deal or a more powerful deal than this. We are exchanging our sin for eternal life!
Jesus is the greatest love and the greatest power in the Universe. He created Heaven and Earth and every person, animal, plant, river and lake and star that exists. For Him to come down to Earth and take on the form of a human being and then permit His own torture and death on the cross for our sake and for our redemption, is a love that is not easily understood.
Jesus conquered death so that with our faith in Him, we would not die and we will have eternal life: “He was handed over to die because of our sins, and He was raised to life to make us right with God.” Romans 4:25 (NIT)
God’s love is so much deeper and so much more powerful than any human love. Why did Jesus do it? Jesus died in our place to make sure that anyone who invites Him into their heart and has faith that He died for our sins, and that the Father raised Him from the dead, would live and not perish. We are born eternal beings. It is just a matter of where we choose to spend our eternity, in Heaven with Jesus or in hell with the devil forever.
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”
Here is a prayer that will change your eternity:
Lord Jesus, I am a sinner.
I believe that you died upon the cross for
me and that you shed your precious blood for
the forgiveness of my sin.
I believe that on the third day, you rose from the dead, and went to Heaven to prepare a place for me.
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and set me free from my sin.
Because you are my Savior Jesus, “I shall not die, but have eternal life”.
I accept you now Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
Thank you Jesus!