First Baptist Church of Niles
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16}
God loved us so much that He gave His Son to die in our place. He paid the price. Now what is required of us? It is to believe in Him. But this is more than giving intellectual assent. To believe in Him is to turn to Him with all your heart, and to trust Him alone for your eternal salvation.
If a doctor told you he must operate to save your life, it would not be enough to say, “I sure believe that doctor.” You could not go home and fix it yourself. No, you would have to put your life into his hands and let him operate. Jesus is alive and is willing and able to save you, but you must commit your case to Him.
A man once pushed a wheelbarrow over Niagara Falls on a tight wire. Everyone cheered. He said, “ who believes I could push a man across in this wheel barrow? Everyone cheered again. He said, “ Who will go? “ One man climbed in. He was the only one who believed. To believe in Christ is to recognize your need, to turn from all other confidences and trust Him alone as your personal Lord and Savior.
Now let us look at another scripture;
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. (John 1:12)
Salvation is not in a creed, a church or a set of rules. It is in a person. That person is the Lord Jesus Christ. He asks admission to your life. If I put a thousand dollars in a book, you would probably take the book to get the money. Eternal life is in Christ When you receive Him, you receive eternal life and all that goes with it.
Jesus said, ”Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me.”(Revelation 3:10)
In our hearts there is a throne and “self” sits on that throne. Christ is on the outside. He comes and knocks at the door. We receive forgiveness and eternal life when we get down off that throne and open the door to receive Him as our Lord and Savior. HE comes to live His life within us. We call this, the new birth. That moment, new life begins which will never end.
Does all this make sense to you? There is but one question that remains.
Will you read these words?
“What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ” (Matthew 27:22)
This was Pilate's question and now it is yours. Everything depends on what we will do with Jesus. Will you commit to Him, or reject Him?
Do your recognize that you have sinned against God and that your sin has separated you from Him? Do you believe Jesus paid the penalty for sin on the cross? Tell me this. Are you willing to turn away from all sin and everything else you have been trusting in to receive Him alone as your Lord and Savior? Do you believe He is alive and the He is here right now and that if you will trust Him to be your Lord and Savior, that He is willing and able to forgive your sins and give you the gift of eternal life?
If you do, please read these words of promise He has given to those who come to Him.
“Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”