When I was in college, I spent a lot of time with our pastor’s family. I babysat for them, ate hundreds of meals with them, and even lived with them for a season. One evening, their oldest really had a rough night while they were gone and gave me quite the difficult time—lying, disobeying, and being downright disrespectful to me. A few days later, his parents circled back to me to let me know they had spoken with him and discussed where he had made mistakes and what the consequences would be. His dad told him that he was going to take all the consequences for him. Then they talked about Jesus’ love, sacrifice, and forgiveness. WOW!
Jesus doesn’t just love you. He doesn’t just forgive you. He wants to take your sins away! He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12, NLT). Jesus takes our sin problem and tosses it aside. He takes the consequence we have earned—spiritual death and separation from God—and He wipes it away. He longs to offer you this forgiveness and new life in Him.
This justification is immediate when you follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The process of your sanctification that follows will continue as long as we are on this Earth when we abide in Jesus and grow to look more like Him day after day.
There is only one step to take—no preparations necessary. Jesus has it all covered. “As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow me,’ he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.” (Matthew 9:9, NIV)
Have you surrendered your life to Jesus and allowed Him to take the consequences of your sin? If you have questions or are ready to make the decision, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to talk and pray with you.