You have likely heard the name ‘Jesus’ at some point in your life. Ever wonder who he really is or why so many people make such a big deal about him (both positive and negative)? Maybe you may have seen John 3:16 references at sporting events or wondered why the infatuation on countless pieces of jewelry or tattoos that reference the cross. Who is Jesus really? Why does He matter to you?
Who is Jesus?
Since the first humans, Adam and Eve, men and women have done things that displease God. That includes all of us, including me and you. This disobedience to God (i.e. sin) separates us from him for eternity. To set things right between us and God, God sent his only son, Jesus, to take away our sins if we would believe in him and accept his sacrifice in our place.
History confirms, Jesus was born over 2000 years ago in Bethlehem, a city in modern-day Israel. There were many recorded miracles surrounding his birth, and he performed many recorded miracles himself – including giving sight to a blind person, healing diseases, turning water into wine, and walking on water. His most important miracle was rising from the dead after he was crucified on a cross. The key take-away from his death and resurrection was that because he was perfect, he could serve as a sacrifice for our sin. This sin separates us from God and the life we were meant to live.
For more information on the historical validity of Jesus, check out the book, The Case for Christ.
Why does he matter?
After Jesus rose from the dead, he spent some more time on earth and then ascended into Heaven. One day in the future, he will return as king. At that time, everyone will have to give an account for their life. God will look at whether you believed in Jesus as the Lord of your life (see below) and that will determine whether you spend eternity with him in Heaven or in eternal punishment in Hell.
First and foremost, Jesus is Lord over everything. It is hard to grasp how big that is, but let’s just start with our own lives. When we say that Jesus is Lord of our lives, we give him permission to control our finances, relationships, careers, entertainment, etc… We want to obey him in each of these areas based on what He said in the Bible.
Without Jesus, we each deserve eternal punishment and separation from God because of our sin. Because Jesus loves each one of us, he came to earth, died, and resurrected so that we could be saved for eternity instead of having to face death and eternal damnation.
Jesus wants to transform our lives to be more like Him no matter our backgrounds or how much we have been hurt or rejected. While on earth, Jesus was a friend of everyday people – including drunkards, prostitutes, and people with all sorts of issues. The important point is that he loves each of us as a close friend, and he wants to bring his powerful transformation to these areas of brokenness into wholeness and abundant life as we trust in him. The transformational process of becoming more like Jesus will last the rest of your life. Some issues will get resolved quickly, while others will take more time.
What does he want from us?
Jesus wants you to believe who he said he is, and he wants us to let him into our lives as Lord so that he can transform it. While there is no monetary cost, there is a complete surrender of our lives to him when we make the commitment to let Jesus be the Lord of our lives.
If you are ready to acknowledge Jesus as Lord or your life, please pray the prayer below. The important part is that you believe what you are say and begin to experience Jesus’ transformational power in your life. This is the first step in your new life with Jesus. To continue growing, see the Next Steps page for details. Be sure to tell one of the leaders that you made this decision so that they can celebrate with you and answer any questions you have.
Dear Jesus, I acknowledge that you are Lord and Savior of my life. Thank you for making things right between us with your death and resurrection. Please forgive me for all my wrongdoing and help me to forgive those who have hurt me. I give my life to you and ask that you would transform each area of my life to be like you. Thank you that I can know you personally and spend the rest of my life worshiping you.
If you are not ready to make this commitment, we still invite you to join us for Sunday morning services. They will give you an opportunity to experience Jesus firsthand and to get to know some people from the church. You can make some new friends and ask them questions about their experiences.
Matthew 9:6, Luke 24:44-49, Luke 23:34, Mark 14:61-64, Luke 22:31-32, John 2:1-12, John 8:58-59, John 10:7-18, John 10:30-33, John 14:6, John 15:3, John 15:15, John 16:13, Acts 4:11-12, Romans 1:16, Romans 3:21-26, Romans 8:18-25, Romans 8:34, 1 Corinthians 11:1, Philippians 2:1-11, Colossians 2:8-15, Ephesians 1:13-14, 1 Thessalonians 5:9, Hebrews 4:15, Hebrews 5:9-10, Hebrews 7:25, 1 John 1:9, 1 John 3:16, 1 John 4:7-21, Revelation 7:10, Revelation 21