How to find Jesus?
The Bible tells us that all men need God’s forgiveness and salvation. It tells us that we have turned away from God who created us and that we often act and live a life in disharmony with the will of God.
”for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.
If we turn to God and receive his salvation we will experience the greatest thing on earth; get saved and become children of God for the rest of our life on earth and for eternity. If we don’t turn to God and receive his salvation we will perish.
”For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ”
We should pay the price for our own sins, but God made an atonement for us when he sent Christ Jesus to the world.
”But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
God did all this because he loved us and didn’t want us to be lost forever.
”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
To get saved means to begin with confessing all your sins. You say to God: God, I am sorry because I have sinned and I need your forgiveness. For Jesus sake, will you forgive me for all the wrong I have done against you and against other people. The Bible then tells that God takes away all your sins.
”If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
This is what it means to be born again: to leave behind our old life and begin a new life together with Jesus. To leave behind the old life also means to ask people for forgiveness if we have wronged them in any way.
”Jesus declared, I tell you the truth, no-one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
When we receive Jesus as our Saviour and are born again we become children of God. God himself moves into our hearts through his Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will help us to live as God’s children according to his will and purpose for our lives.
“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”
”Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”
But is there no other way to salvation? The Bible tells us that Jesus is the one and only Saviour.
John 14; 6
”Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me.”
The Bible also says that even if there are lots of big names in history there is only one name, the name of Jesus, which leads man to salvation from sin.
”Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
The salvation God gives us when we receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour is a salvation given by the grace of God and by his great love for us. It is a gift we can receive without having to do particular good deeds or pray special long prayers. We can come as we are.
”For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no-one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
When you have done what has been suggested above, it is good if you tell your family, your friends and your colleagues at school or at work or where you live your life that you have been saved. In doing that you honour God and extend his Kingdom. At the same time you will experience an inner peace and joy because you are a child of God. Read also the Bible and get to know Jesus better!
”if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
You may pray this prayer:
”Dear God. Thank you for forgiving all my sins. Thank you for accepting me as your child. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for dying on the cross for my transgressions. Thank you, Holy Spirit, that you live in my heart and will help me to live as a Christian. Help me and give me courage to tell others that I have been saved. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Lord’s prayer
Our father in heaven, hallowed by your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those, who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the Kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
When you have become a Christian it is important that you find a Christian church where you can have fellowship with other Christians. Find your way to a fellowship where Jesus Christ is at the centre and where you have an opportunity to live out the Gospel in everyday life.