"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." -- Jesus, John 8:12
 


First
Life's greatest discovery begins when you realize God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life - a life with meaning and purpose now, and in the life to come.

The Bible says, "God loves you."

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. - John 3:16

God wants you to know His plan for your life.

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (a life full of meaning and purpose). - John 10:10b

From the Bible you see that God loves you and wants you to enjoy the abundant life.

Why do you suppose people are not experiencing God's love and enjoying an abundant life?

Second
Because.....
Man is a sinner, and sin has separated him from God. God created man in His image and gave him an abundant life. He did not make him as a puppet on a string to love and obey Him automatically but gave him a will and freedom of choice.

Man chose to disobey God and go his own self-willed sinful way. Man is still making this choice today. Each one of us has chosen to disobey God in many ways...

Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you - Isaiah 59:2

The Bible says that there is not one perfect man.

For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. - Ecclesiastes 7:20

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. - Romans 3:23

Sin is missing the mark of perfection, a falling short of God's plan for your life, and it results in spiritual death.

For the wages of sin is death (separation from God in Hell). - Romans 6:23

Through the ages man has tried to bridge the gap which separates him from God by doing good works...living moral lives...devising profound philosophies...even being religious. But he has always failed.

There is only one remedy for the problem of sin and separation.

Third
God's remedy for sin is Jesus Christ crucified.

When Jesus died on the cross, He paid for our sins and bridged the gap that separates us from God.

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God. - I Peter 3:18a

Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved - Acts 4:12

The Bible says that Jesus died a humiliating, agonizing death. His death paid the penalty for all our sins. But He didn't stay dead. He rose again that we might be right with God. The gap created by our sins has been bridged by Jesus' death and resurrection.

He died for our sins
But God commended (proved) His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8

He rose from the dead
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. - Romans 10:9

Jesus Christ is the only way to God
Jesus said unto him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." - John 14:6

Fourth
You must receive Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. It is your decision.

Receiving Christ involves turning over control of your life to Christ.

Who Controls Your Life?
On which side are you?
On which side would you like to be?

Here's How You Can Personally Receive Christ:
Trust Jesus and receive Him by personal invitation.

But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. - John 1:12

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. - Romans 10:13

Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice, and open the door I will come in to him. - Revelation 3:20

Jesus is seeking entrance into your life at this moment. Is there any good reason why you cannot receive Jesus Christ right now?

It's really very simple, much like taking...

Four Steps

Step 1 Face the fact that your sin has separated you from God who loves you.

Step 2 Be willing to turn away from your sin and toward God. This is called repentance.

Step 3 Place your trust in (believe) the fact that Jesus died for you and that He arose in victory over death.

Step 4 Invite Jesus to take control of your life, forgive your sin and make you right with God.

Trusting Christ is more than mentally recognizing Him as the Son of God or having an emotional experience. You must receive Him as your Lord and Savior by Faith.

Below is an excerpt from a famous sermon by Dr. S. M. Lockridge:

The Bible says my King is a seven-way king....He's the King of the Jews; that's a racial king....He's the King of Israel; that's a national King....He's the King of Righteousness....He's the King of the Ages.....He's the King of Heaven....He's the King of Glory....He's the King of kings, and He's the Lord of lords. That's my King. Well....I wonder, do you know Him?....

David said, "The Heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork. My King is a sovereign King. No means of measure can define His limitless love. No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supply. No barrier can hinder Him from pouring out His blessings. He's enduringly strong....He's entirely sincere....He's eternally steadfast....He's immortally graceful....He's imperially powerful....He's impartially merciful....... Do you know Him?

He's the greatest phenomenon that ever crossed the horizon of this world. He's God's Son....He's a sinner's Saviour....He's the centerpiece of civilization....He stands in the solitude of Himself....He's august....He's unique....He's unparalleled....He's unprecedented....He's the loftiest idea in literature....He's the highest personality in philosophy....He's the supreme problem in higher criticism....He's the fundamental doctrine of true theology....He's the cardinal necessity for spiritual religion....He's the miracle of the age.... He's the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him....He's the only one qualified to be an all sufficient Saviour...... I wonder if you know Him today?

He supplies strength for the weak....He's available for the tempted and the tried....He sympathizes and He saves....He strengthens and sustains....He guards and He guides....He heals the sick....He cleanses lepers....He forgives sinners....He discharges debtors....He delivers captives....He defends the feeble....He blesses the young....He serves the unfortunate....He regards the aged....He rewards the diligent....and He beautifies the meek....... I wonder if you know Him?

Well, my King....is the King....He's the key to knowledge....He's the wellspring to wisdom....He's the doorway of deliverance....He's the pathway of peace....He's the roadway of righteousness ....He's the highway of holiness....He's the gateway of glory....... Do you know Him?

Well....His office is manifold....His promise is sure....His light is matchless....His goodness is limitless....His mercy is everlasting....His love never changes....His word is enough....His grace is sufficient....His reign is righteous....and His yoke is easy, and his burden is light. I wish I could describe Him to you, but He's indescribable....He's incomprehensible....He's invincible....He's irresistible.

Well, you can't get Him out of your mind....You can't get Him off of your hand....You can't out live Him, and you can't live without Him....The Pharisees couldn't stand Him, but they found out they couldn't stop Him....Pilate couldn't find any fault in Him....The witnesses couldn't get their testimonies to agree....Herod couldn't kill Him....Death couldn't handle Him, and the grave couldn't hold Him. Yea!!!, that's my King, that's my King.

Father..."Thine is the Kingdom....and the Power....and the Glory....Forever"....and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever. How long is that? And ever...and ever...and when you get through with all the forevers, then.... AMEN!....AMEN!

Reading the text doesn't do it justice. I recommend downloading the audio which you can do through the link below.

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