In Mel Gibson’s motion picture, The Passion of the Christ, the audience was transported back 2000 years to the epoch time of the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Actor James Caviezel gave an outstanding performance, acting as Jesus during the film adaptation of the last twelve hours of Christ’s life; those hours immediately before his death on the cross. The free gift of eternal life is given at the moment a soul is born spiritual into God’s family. This gift is given to an individual at the precise instant God forgives us and saves us from the guilt and penalty of our sins. The foundation of this forgiveness and of a soul’s salvation is found only and exclusively in this one single event in all of time and history, namely the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the substitute who paid the penalty for our sins.
The Bible demands that, “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” (Hebrews 9:22. ESV.)
The death of The Lord Jesus Christ, the perfect sinless sacrificial Lamb of God, the true Messiah, the one and only unique son of the living God, was the lone sacrifice, the solitary substitute God could accept to be our sin bearer.
God the Father, in complete agreement with His Son and Spirit, decreed that Christ alone must pay the ultimate price for our sins by execution on a Roman cross on a hill outside of Jerusalem 2000 years ago. It was required that God’s sacrificial lamb must be perfect, free of all sin. The only human who could ever qualify to meet this demand of perfection was God’s own dear Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
What’s more, Scripture teaches that the only way of salvation is to believe in Christ as our Savior and Lord. That is, to rest completely, by simple child-like faith, on the perfect finished sacrificial work of Christ on the cross in our place as our substitute.
The Scriptures clearly state that human works have no part in the forgiveness of our sins. Yet many religions, as well as a large portion of so called Christianity, says “That’s Not Enough! The death of Jesus on the cross was not enough by itself to pay for our sins.” They have then gone about constructing man-made programs of works that supposedly add to the finished saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross. In other words, Christ said on the cross, “It is finished,” but religion says, “No, it is not finished. We require more!”
Most religions have, therefore, built within their creeds and sacraments and dogma twisted and elaborate superstructures, much like their grand architectural edifices, that weigh heavily upon the backs of their people; the non clergy. Yet neither Scripture nor God Himself requires more than simple child-like faith in Jesus and his substitutionary, sacrificial work on the cross of Calvary for eternal life.
If you were to die today, do you know beyond doubt that your soul would go to heaven? Sue and I would like to invite you to make certain this very day that you are a child of God.
How? Simply go to Him in private prayer, confessing that you are a sinner and that you cannot save yourself. Then ask Him to forgive your sins and bring you into His family as one of His children. Yes, swallow your intellectual pride and become as a little child. Ask the Heavenly Father to become your “Daddy.” Claim the fact that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for all of your sins and your eternal destiny will be settled once and for all!
The Father loves you, Jesus loves you, the Christian family loves you and Sue and I love you. Come be “born” into God’s family today by simple faith in the finished work of Jesus.
We would be happy to hear of your decision to trust Jesus as your Savior and Lord.
Carl and Sue.
PS: For more detailed information, as well as supporting Scripture, read the stories at the top of this page under “Booklets.” You might also want to listen to the audio of the two booklets, Live Forever and Buzzard Bait.