This is the most important Web page you will ever read.
Why is it so important? Well... each of us, barring illness or
accident, is likely to live to be as much as 70-80 years of age, and if we
take care of ourselves we might get to be ninety or one hundred or more
years old. One hundred years on planet Earth. What then? Some people
think that death is the end... after you die you cease to exist. I reject
that idea; I think that human beings are immortal spirit beings, and that
after our bodies die the essence of ourselves lives on. The question is
this: what do we do then? What happens to us? I think we have a decision
to make, and it determines if we spend that time in a place of eternal love
and fellowship with God and other human beings, or if we spend it in a
place where we are eternally separated from God... and since everything
that is good comes directly from Him, I think I prefer to spend eternity
with Him. This document is so important because it will outline plainly
for you how to make that decision.
Here's what you have to understand in order to spend eternity with
- Jesus is the Son of God, and Jesus is God.
Maybe this is the weirdest part of the whole thing... if you can
accept this the rest is easy. Keep in mind that God is a spirit being
like we are, but in many ways He is nothing like us... for one thing,
He is Holy (sinless) and we are not (but I'll get to that in a
minute). It is important to understand the relationship between God
the Father and Jesus the Son in order for the next few points to hit
- Jesus willingly left Heaven and was born on Earth in a human
It is central to understand that Jesus did this willingly; He
was not coerced. He did it because He wanted to, because He loved and
loves us. It is also important to understand that He had a human body
just like yours and mine; skin, bones, blood, the whole thing.
- Jesus was completely sinless in His entire lifetime on
He never committed a crime, even a petty one; He never entertained a
sinful thought; He never did anything in His 30 years of life that God
the Father saw as a sinful act. This was so He would be suitable to
perform the act that was the purpose of His whole life on Earth:
- Jesus voluntarily died, and in doing so He took the
punishment for every sinful deed ever committed.
As the Son of God, Jesus could easily have summoned angels to prevent
His arrest, or called lightning down from Heaven to kill the soldiers
who came for Him, or simply walk through the crowd as He had before.
Instead He went calmly, knowing that he was going to be executed by
the religious people of His day (technically the execution was carried
out by Roman authorities, but the religious leaders pushed them to do
it; Jesus was not guilty of any crime). When He died He took on
Himself every committed sin, every moral weakness, every sickness and
every sorrow... all at once. Imagine for a moment that one single man
was suddenly afflicted with every sickness suffered by everyone in
your city, all at the same time. His body would be completely
mangled. Now imagine that this same man had the guilt of every sin...
from shoplifting to child molestation... on his conscience at the same
time. And all the grief that every person in your town was suffering,
from the loss of a job to the loss of a loved one. Multiply that by
every human being that has ever lived, and that's what Jesus suffered
and that's how He looked. This was no "symbolic" death;
Jesus had a flesh and blood body that experienced the pain of this
punishment. The reason that Jesus did that was so that each of us
would not be required to experience the punishment for our own actions
if we would accept His death in proxy for us.
- Jesus was dead for three days.
Jesus wasn't simply unconscious.
He was DEAD. Dead like
each of us will be if we don't accept Jesus as a substitution for us.
It's important to know that Jesus had a real body, and that body was
tortured and executed, and after that time that body was truly
deceased. What's more, not only was His body dead... He was
spiritually dead also. As a substitute for us, He was
required to experience separation from God the Father just like we
would have been. For three days, God was torn to pieces, separated
from Himself! (I know it's mind-boggling... I don't understand it
either. But it's what the Word of God says, so I accept it on faith)
- At the end of those three days, Jesus rose from the
Because He was a scapegoat for our sins, and was not truly a
sinner, Jesus took the punishment and then returned from to grave to
resume His place with God the Father. This is important to us because
in that when we identify with His death, we identify also with His
resurrection. We as spiritually dead (but eternal, one way or
another) beings can identify with His death in sin, and then be
resurrected from spiritual death to life!
Let's review for a second:
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that
Christ [Jesus] died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was
buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures...
I Corinthans 15:3-4
Here's what you have to do in order to spend eternity with
Read this passage: Romans 10:9-10
Prayer is a simple thing. Talk to God like you talk to anyone. Make up
your own prayer if you like, but it's important that you acknowledge out
loud that God raised His Son Jesus from the dead. That's all there is to
it! Accepting the sacrifice Jesus made for us is such a simple process...
it requires absolutely no advance preparation on our part, no nothing.
You just do it. It is important to understand that after you have
accepted this sacrifice, it is your duty to live your life from now on
under the Lordship of Jesus. The first thing you should do is tell someone
about the decision you have made... Jesus said this:
- Believe what you just read. Jesus is the Son of God
who took on a human body, lived a sinless life, was executed as
punishment for sins each of us committed, was completely totally
dead, took that punishment in full, and rose from the dead.
- Say out loud that Jesus is your Lord. It may help
you to say a little prayer; when you decide to begin your life with
God you'll spend a lot of time talking to Him, so now's a good time to
start. I'll supply a prayer for you, but it is by no means necessary
for you to pray exactly what I've typed up here...
Jesus, I know from what I've read today what You did for me... You
were born into a human body and took the punishment for all of my sins on
Yourself. I understand that You died, but then three days later God
brought you back from the dead! I want to accept the sacrifice that You
made for me and live forever in You. Please enter this place where I am
right now, and then enter my heart and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. You
are now the Lord of my Life! Jesus, You are Lord! Thank you for your
"Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him
before my Father in Heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will
disown him before my Father in Heaven."
Telling someone else about your decision will make it that much more real
to you. They may say something hurtful to you about your decision, but
remember Who is inside of you and what He has done for you. Next, get a
Bible, preferably one that is easy to understand... I prefer one called the
New International Version (the NIV), but if you go to a Christian bookstore
they'll be able to help you out with that. Then find a church where what
you hear preached is what you see when you read your Bible. Now that you
have the Spirit of God in your life, you can be confident that if something
wrong is going on, you'll instinctively know it... it's not
"instinct", it's God speaking to your heart, but it seems like an
instinct. Read that Bible. Talk to God often. Ask Him what He would like
for you to do with the rest of your life (He won't ask you to do something
that you're not able to do). I'll see you in Heaven! :->
Matthew 10:32-33, NIV
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written April 5, 1996
©Copyright 1996 by
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Scripture quotations drawn from
Gateway at Gospel Communications
If you're still not convinced of the logic of this argument, take a look
at this page.
And if you would like to see the same thing explained in a different way,
Another good explanation, The Content of the Gospel, is
There is another good page about receiving Jesus
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Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by
permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.
- They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?"
He [Jesus] replied, "You are right in saying I am."
Luke 22:70 NIV
- In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1 NIV
- The Word [Jesus] became flesh and made his
dwelling among us...
John 1:14a NIV
- Since the children have flesh and blood,
he [Jesus] too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might
destroy him who holds the power of death--- that is, the devil---...
Hebrews 2:14 NIV
- For we do not have a high priest who is
unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has
been tempted in every way, just as we are--- yet was without sin.
Hebrews 4:15 NIV
- Jesus replied, "Friend, do what you
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. With
that, one of Jesus' companions reached for his sword, drew it out and
struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
"Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him,
"for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think
that I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my
disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But then how would the
scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"
Matthew 26:50-54 NIV
- Surely he took up our infirmities and
carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by
him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was
crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was
upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have
gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, and the Lord has
laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:4-6 NIV
- Jesus called out with a loud voice,
"Father, into you hands I commit my spirit." When he had
said this, he breathed his last.
Luke 23:46 NIV
- "God has raised this Jesus to life, and
we are all witnesses to the fact."
Acts 2:32 NIV
- That 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.
Romans 10:9-10 NIV