The Greatest Sacrifice of All (GLMX #443)
This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #443 titled, “The Greatest Sacrifice of All” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
Throughout the year we remember those who have served and are serving our country—men and women who have sacrificed for the sake of future generations to keep our freedoms. How thankful we are for their service! How blessed we are to live in a country that had forefathers with the foresight to write the Declaration of Independence and have men and women who continue to fight to keep those freedoms. It’s with heartfelt gratitude that we thank those who have served our country in such a self-sacrificing way.
In the last fifty years however, our freedoms have been diminished because God is being more and more dismissed as our Creator. In the early 1960s, both prayer and Bible reading were removed from practice in public school openings. During that same time, church attendance began to dwindle more and more. As a result, less and less of our men and women have knowledge of the Christian faith and the Bible in general. Many have become unaware of God’s greatest sacrifice for all.
God’s story of sacrifice began with the creation of our very first parents, Adam and Eve. They lived with God in a beautiful garden. But when temptation came, they wanted to be like God, causing them to disobey God’s one command. Thus, because the Lord is holy (morally perfect), He expelled them from the garden. They no longer could walk with Him. Disobeying what God commands is called sin. The consequence for sin is death—eternal separation from God forever in a place the Bible calls the Lake of Fire. Because of Adam’s disobedience, no one is good enough to enter into God’s presence because all of us are born spiritually dead, separated from Him. God is holy and just and He must judge the sinner who rejects Jesus Christ. The Bible states in John 3:36, “…he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him”. That’s the BAD NEWS!
But since God loves us, He provided a way for us to be restored to fellowship with Him and to be delivered from the Lake of Fire. THAT’S GOOD NEWS! It would require a very important sacrifice. An innocent victim would have to die in man’s place to pay the penalty that we all deserve for our sin, so that our relationship with Him could be restored. That ultimate sacrifice would be the person, Jesus—the Son of God.
About two thousand years ago, Jesus was born. He lived a sinless life. As a human, He also claimed to be God. He was fully God and fully man. He voluntarily was put to death on a cross to die for the sins of the world. On the third day, He rose from the dead, conquering death and proving that His claims to be God were true.
So, what must you do to receive the forgiveness of sins, the free gift of eternal life, and to be restored to a relationship with God?
It can only be received by faith. Admit to God that you are a helpless sinner in need of a Savior. Then simply believe (trust) in Jesus as the Son of God and His work on your behalf. The Bible states in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “Christ died for our sins … was buried, and … rose again the third day according to the Scriptures”. The Bible teaches that Jesus said in John 3:16 that “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. It’s the “gift of God”.
The Scriptures are clear that you cannot work your way to heaven, nor can you be good enough. You can only get there by believing in what God did for you through the Savior Jesus Christ. He’s the only way to God the Father. Jesus Christ said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” His sacrifice paid the full price for our sins by His death on the cross! You can choose to trust your own works and perish, or you can choose to trust in Jesus Christ and His work alone and live with the Lord forever.
WHAT WILL YOU DECIDE?
Jesus Christ in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son [Jesus], that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.
The Bible says in Acts 16:31, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved”.
If you want to be saved from the wrath to come and from an eternity in Hell, and if you believe that Jesus Christ suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
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