Why Do I need Jesus? My life is fine.
The world today is very much disconnected to the reasons for wanting and needing Jesus Christ. The word of God is becoming more and more an ancient belief. Even within this country, the original religious beliefs of our country's founders are nothing like it used to be. Prayer in schools, the mention of the Bible in a public place is now considered to be offensive, and just a few short years ago, it was a way of life. Although these things that are happening have been foretold in the Bible, it's disheartening to see it actually come to be.
As we know, God gives us free will. Although our free will may have gotten us to where we are now, our abilities can't get us to where we need to be. Sin has, and continues to keep us separated from God. We need some means to reconnect to Him. The problem is, nothing we can do by our own means can accomplish this. However there is a ‘way’ to reconnect to Him by His gift of grace;
"For grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God not of works, lest anyone should boast." Eph. 2:8-9
You may say, "My life is just fine. I'm a good person; I don't steal, murder, rape or commit any crimes. I'm nice to people, I help them when I can and I'm a good provider for my family." So why do I need anything else? The answer to this question is simple. This 'good life' you have is limited. It's only 'good' for the short time your here. Also, the trials in life you go through can overwhelm you to the point where this 'good' can become very bad easily. Yes, some do 'seem' have it better than others. Some people go along with seemingly no worries or problems in their lives. The reality is, you just see the surface. They're human, and you can bet, they have some of the same basic problems and worries we all have, if not more. Also, you can bet, they ask the same question all of us have asked at one point in our lives..... "Is this all there is"?
The Bible is very clear, that even with all of the above stated things about
a person being or doing good that there is nothing we can do by our own means that
will make us ‘right’ in God’s eyes. So what's the answer?.................. Jesus
Christ, our Savior! He is the only means by which we can 'reconnect' to God;
".... I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me". John 14:6
Our gift from God, His grace of forgiveness, our belief in Jesus Christ as our Savior, being regenerated in our new life by this gift- being born again (See John 3:3), living a life that is acceptable to God are the only ways we can be granted an eternal life with Him and finally get that answer to "Is this all there is"? Just saying "I believe in Jesus" as many of us do without the necessary commitment in our hearts gives us a false sense of salvation. God grants us salvation by His grace. He knows what's truly in our hearts. It is what is in our hearts that matters. Our outward appearance to man is not what God sees or cares about, but our true intentions.
Also, we must realize, that the material things of this world, the short life we have, the worries we go through every day, will someday pass away;
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning
or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Rev. 21:4
In order for man to 'reconnect' to God, our sins had to be dealt with. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" Rom. 3:23. We are all sinners, from the very beginning of our lives. We inherited sin from Adam and Eve. In Romans 5:12 it states; "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.". God is perfect. He can not allow sin to continue forever. So if we are to have an eternal life with Him, sin must be defeated once and for all.
In early biblical times, the people were required to make animal sacrifices to God for the sins they committed. The animal had to be as perfect and without any defects as much as possible. Why? In the context of the book of Leviticus, it teaches us, that these perfect sacrifices are equivalent to the perfect sacrifice of Jesus as an unblemished sacrifice. Also it meant something to the people. It was their livelihood. Giving up an animal that was that valuable taught them something. It was the act of that sacrifice, the blood of the animal that symbolized the washing away of the sin. But today, animal sacrifices are not necessary. God resolved this with man by Jesus coming to earth and dying for our sins. He paid the price. He was the sacrifice. His blood was shed to wash away our sins. But if you don't believe in Him, if you don't believe in his death and resurrection, then His sacrifice was for nothing. There's no reason for you to be saved, because you were born a sinner and will eventually die a un-repented sinner, which the bible says results in going to Hell.
"Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son" John 3:18
So the most important reason we need Jesus is for salvation. To be saved by His sacrifice. It's a choice we all have available to make. God sincerely wishes everyone to come to Him;
"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9
It is also worth mentioning that once we do come to faith in Jesus, it is important to continue in that life and not 'drift back' to our old ways or ever refuse to follow His words;
"See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, "Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven." Heb. 12:25,26
Even though we are all deserving of death because of all the sins we have committed, once we receive Jesus and truly repent (turn away) from those sins, they are forgotten. Simply because of God's unconditional love for us. Again, this can only be accomplished by accepting His gift, Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Another reason we need Jesus is for our stability and sense of purpose in this life. He can comfort us in our daily trials. Knowing He is there is an awesome feeling. It gives us something to hope for, knowing He will help us with whatever we need (not necessarily want) in life's issues.
"Come to Me, and all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Mat. 11: 28-29
So I implore you, for all that you may read this..... believe and pray so that you may come to Him. Then, declare, publicly, Jesus is your Lord and Savior, that you accept His sacrifice, that you repent and ask for forgiveness for your sins, for everything you may have done or said. That you believe He has risen and now sits at the right hand of the Father and will come again to judge the entire earth. For those that are reading this and may not have done so, I offer this prayer for all;
"Father, we pray that we all may come to you through Jesus Christ. May He come into
our lives, to fester a stronger co-existence with you. Forgive us of our sins, and help
us forgive those that seek to deter us from your grace. Deliver us from the evil ones
doings, and help us sustain our new commitment with you. Lord, we ask these things
In Jesus name... Amen."