The old hymn says, “Jesus paid it all; All to Him I owe, Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.” There’s a lot of theology in those words probably more than any of us can understand fully. To think that what Jesus did on Calvary’s Cross, the shedding of His blood — was able to provide forgiveness of sins for all of the world — those who lived before He came to this earth, those living during His days on earth, those living today and those who are yet to live … until the end of the Ages, His blood is able to cover all of our sins. What an amazing truth that is. I believe it, but if you ask me to explain it, I will be at a loss for words. Jesus did everything that was necessary for us to be forgiven of our sins and now all that we have to do is ask Him to forgive us, accept Him as our Savior and trust Him to take us to Heaven when we die. He did it all, and all we have to do is ask and receive His free gift.
But some people think they must do more. They seem to think that they must be baptized in order to go to Heaven. Think about this … the one thief on the Cross, who asked Jesus to remember him, wasn’t baptized, and yet we will see him in Heaven when we get there. Did he do “good works” or was he a member of a church or did he treat others as he would want to be treated? Surely, he did not live a good life and yet, because He acknowledged that Jesus was “Lord” — meaning He recognized and acknowledged Jesus as His Savior, he will be in Heaven. That should prove to us there is nothing more that needs to be done. It’s the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus plus absolutely nothing else that allows us to spend our eternity in Heaven. The only thing we have to do according to Romans 8:9-13 is call upon the Lord and we shall be saved. Read it. Stop living a lie and believe what the Bible says we need to do to be saved.
Imagine, if you will, your friend inviting you over to their house for dinner. After dinner you enjoy fine music and great conversation. Finally, you stand up, reach into your pocket and pull out your wallet and ask, “Now, how much do I owe you?” What an insult that would be. There is no way we would even think of doing that to someone who invited us over for the evening. Yet, isn’t it strange that there are people all over this globe who think they must do something to re-pay Jesus for what He did on the Cross? Listen … there is no way you can repay Him. Our good works are as filthy rags in His sight. Shall we offer Him silver and gold? He owns it all. What then can we give Him? As Jesus gave us His life for the penalty of our sins, we give Him our life and accept Him as our Savior. And when we do, we are instantly forgiven for everything that has ever been done in our lives that stands in the face of God and we are born into God’s family. Our name is written in His Book of Life and when we stand before Him, we will hear the words, “Well done — enter in to the joy of your reward.”
Where will you spend your eternity? In Heaven if you accept Jesus as your Savior. “Dear God, I know I am a sinner. And I believe that Jesus died on the Cross for my sins. Today, I accept Jesus into my life as my Savior and I trust in what He did to save me and not in what I think I need to do. I ask You to save me and I receive the free gift of eternal life. Thank You for saving me and now help me to live for You. In Jesus name, Amen.” If you prayed that prayer, find a Bible-believing, Bible-preaching church and get active in it. Grow in your new found faith and become a mature Christian in Christ. God bless you for making that all important decision.
And that is Something to Think About for this week.
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Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at email@example.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.