During a course for students about Christianity I had the privilege to pray with someone to accept Jesus’ sacrifice. (What Jesus’ sacrifice means to you, you can learn from Insights about the Gospel of Jesus Christ from the Story of the Good Samaritan.) One of the participants of this course for students said she liked the course very much, but found it hard to believe that Jesus’ sacrifice was also for her. I asked if it was OK to read the Bible together about this. When she confirmed that it was OK, we read several passages. Among others we read the following:
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. ~ 1 John 2,1-2 ~
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5,8 ~
The first passage clearly states that Jesus sacrificed himself for the whole world. That includes everyone of us. The second one confirms this, but also makes it clear that we cannot do anything to deserve Jesus’ sacrifice. It was out of love that Jesus died for us (as described in the blog What has a Command about Slaves to do with Jesus’ Love? as well).
When we talked about these passages, she got convinced that the sacrifice of Jesus was for her as well and that didn’t have anything to do to deserve God’s grace. I took courage and asked if she would like to pray together, so she could personally invite Jesus to come into her life. She agreed that that was a good idea, although she was a bit uncomfortable to pray herself. I prayed first and then she prayed a short prayer in her own words to give her life to Jesus. Amazing, praise God!
This was a very special moment for me, but even more for this participant. Through this new clarification about Jesus’ sacrifice and God’s love, she took a big step to live a life with Jesus. Do you also need to take this step?
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. ~ Romans 8,1 ~
God bless you!