The Christ, Jesus
…son of Mary, son of Creator God the Father, come in the flesh as a mere man
It was utterly astounding – the biggest event in the history of the universe: Creator God Himself came down to earth as a human being. Because He loved us so much, He wanted to free us from His eternal punishment. So He came down, became a man, “God in the flesh”. His name was Jesus. He was the Christ – the promised one of God, the Messiah. Whatever race, whatever religion, wherever on earth – Jesus came down to redeem you from judgement!
In the justice system of God’s Throne, humankind has been condemned eternally because we all fall short of His perfection. Because of that, in order for God to forgive any person, a provision had to be made for His justice to legally redeem any fallen person.
Redemption is “to free from debt”, “to buy back”, “to free from captivity by payment of ransom” (Babylon dictionary).
Forgiveness could not just be declared “off the record”. Legal provision had to be made for our fallen state.
So God sent His Son into the world as a perfect substitute to pay the penalty placed upon all mankind, thus providing a way to be saved from condemnation. Jesus died as the perfect sacrifice, providing a legal premise for forgiveness of our debt. In God’s justice system, we who are condemned can find eternal “redemption”, eternal salvation from the wrath of God – through the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross. Jesus died for us – that we might be saved.
Just like the thief on the cross next to Jesus at His crucifixion, we can accept God’s offer of redemption.
39 One of the criminals who were hanged there was [l]hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the [m]Christ? Save Yourself and us!” 40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving [n]what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come [o]in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” –Luke 23:39-43
Extract from the article, That Moment In Time:
Nothing religious was done by the thief. He merely
(1) confessed his sinfulness, and
(2) acknowledged Jesus as “the Christ”.
And on the basis of that alone – Jesus Himself said,
“Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
In that moment in time, that thief became totally acceptable to God and was welcomed into His Kingdom. He did not “do” anything. He confessed and acknowledged.
He simply aligned himself with God on God’s terms. Are you willing to do that yourself?
THIS is what happens in that moment when one accepts Christ as Lord.
17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. –2 Corinthians 5:17 (http://www.biblegateway.com)
In the blink of an eye, the new believer is transformed inside and passes
from death —- to life,
from condemnation —- to no condemnation,
from a destiny in hell —- to a destiny in heaven,
from mere humanness —- to a child of God.
You also can do this. Talk to God…
- confess your sinfulness, your unworthiness before a totally Holy and Righteous Creator God; and
- acknowledge Jesus as “the Christ”, the One sent of God to pay the price of our sin.
The thief on the cross did it. And Jesus met him at the gates of heaven that very day!
Salvation by God does not require you have all the answers. The thief certainly did not. God simply requires that you confess and acknowledge. Simple.
It will be an eternally epic moment in time for you. Simple, yet eternal in effect. Don´t wait till it´s too late.