Eternal Life
 
The Bible says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  The word sin is an old archery term that simply means to miss the mark (aka the bull’s-eye).  The mark we missed was perfect obedience to God’s commands.  He commanded us to put him first, to not murder, to not commit adultery, to not steal, to not lie, and to not covet (Exodus 20).  Furthermore, Jesus said to lust is to commit adultery and to hate is to murder (see Matthew 5:21,22,28). 
  
No one is immune from this condition.  Everyone on the planet today has violated God’s commands and, as a result, they

fall short of God’s glory.  The word glory conveys the idea of splendor and goodness.  God is absolute perfection beyond what we can fathom.  God alone is good.  We are sinful.

 
Therefore the wages of sin is death.  Since a wage is what one has earned, God declares that what we have earned from violating his commands is death.  The Bible says the grave is never satisfied (Prov. 30:16).  Every day the grave receives an untold number.  The Bible says that God is the One who returns man to the grave (Psalm 90:3).  This is a result of our ancestors Adam and Eve who, in sinning, brought sin and death into our world (Genesis 3).  As a result, God subjected all of creation to weakness and not a day goes by where we do not feel the effects of sin and death on our lives (Romans 8:20).

 

Though we deserve death,the gift of God is eternal life.  Eternal life is not something we deserve and it is not something we can earn.  It is simply a gift that can only be received.  This gift of eternal life is found in Christ Jesus our Lord.  It cannot be found in Buddha, Mohammed, or any other religion.  The gift of eternal life is not achieved by the goods things we do.

 

The bad news is we all went astray and we all have turned to our own way.  But the good news is that the [Father] has punished [the Son] for the sin of us all. Amazingly, God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  The reason the gift of eternal life is only found in Jesus is because he alone died on the cross for our sins.  He died the death we should have died and received the punishment we should have received. Scripture says, [The Father] made [the Son] who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in [the Son] we might become the righteousness of God.  In other words, Jesus took our sin so that we could receive his righteousness as a gift.

 

God’s Word assures us that we can be forgiven and receive eternal life: If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  To confess “Jesus is Lord” is to confess Jesus is God and to acknowledge he alone has the authority to forgive sin.  Scripture assures us that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.  Anyone can call.  Even a child can call for help when one recognizes he has a need and God has the solution. 

  

If you recognize your need to be forgiven and call on Jesus alone for salvation, God’s promise for you is that you will be saved from an eternal punishment.  But to call on the name of the Lord is more than a “Judas kiss.”  The Lord knows those who truly look to him for salvation, therefore, he says, Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.  Lots of people claim to be Christ-ians and live lives opposed to what Christ commanded.  Therefore, in the end Jesus will tell these people, I never knew you.  Depart from me you lawbreakers!

 
But this gift of eternal life can be freely received by anyone who truly desires to be forgiven and know Jesus.  Jesus promised salvation to anyone who does the will of my Father.  Jesus said that the will of his Father is to grant eternal life to everyone who sees the Son and believes in him.  He promises, I will raise him up on the last day.

 

Today, God has allowed you to see his provision: For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  He has promised salvation to those who respond: Anyone who believes in him is not condemned.  And he has promised judgment for those who don’t: anyone who does not believe is already condemned.
 

Today you can receive Jesus as your Savior by praying a prayer like this:

Jesus, I know I’m a sinner.  I know I need forgiveness that you alone can offer.  I believe you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the grave to defeat sin and death.  Will you forgive me for my sins and give me the gift of eternal life?  You are Lord of all.  Will you help me make you Lord of my life?  Thank you Jesus for the gift of eternal life and the gift of knowing you!