Call on the Name of the LORD...and You Will be Saved

My mind is in a jumble. I am trying to think of the right words to say to you. I want to tell you about Christianity, how to be a Christian, and why you should be one in the first place...because I want you to know how important it is, and I want you to make the eternal choice to follow Jesus Christ. But I don't want to make Christianity sound like a list of do's and don't's. I don't want you to be turned off. I don't want to say it in the same-ol-same-ol way you always hear and don't get or don't wanna listen to. So how am I gonna tell you what it really means to be a Christian? I guess I should just let my heart do the writing and see where it goes from there. I'll just write honestly and truly, and I hope what I say will relate to you and get you thinking (and - I hope - acting) about Christianity.
God loves you so much. It's not a question - it's a fact. He sent His one and only son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross - a terrible death - to pay the penalty for our sins (the bad stuff we think, say, and do). Not just anyone could do it. It had to be a sinless, perfect Someone. Jesus didn't have to die for us. He could've called His angels down to rescue Him any time he pleased. So why didn't He? Because He loves you and cares about you that much. Jesus was beaten, bloody, and mocked, but that didn't stop Him from loving you - or the people who did all that terrible stuff to Him. Check out what this Bible passage says about Jesus's crucifixion (death on the cross):

Luke 23:20-25
 20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. 21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
 22 For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.”
 23 But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.

Luke 23:32-43
32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[c] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
 35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
 36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
 38 There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
 39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[d]
 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Luke 23:44-47
44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”[e] When he had said this, he breathed his last.
 47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” 48

Jesus was a perfect, sinless man who did not have to die for us. But He did because He loves us and wants to be with us in heaven someday. God created sin because He wants us to have a choice whether we want to follow Him or not. And I think that is amazing evidence that God is amazing, merciful, and compassionate, even though we certainly do not deserve it.

Luke 24:1-8
1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’8 Then they remembered his words.

Three days after Jesus died, He rose again - back to life! It's a thing to rejoice about, really! He promised that He wouldn't stay dead - and He didn't! He was not defeated by the devil OR by sin. And you know what? He wants to be with you in heaven forever. That's why He created you! He has an AMAZING plan for you! You weren't just some accident. God really made you and really loves you.

So how can you be saved? Check out Acts 2:21...

'And everyone who calls
  on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

There it is. "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Even "bad" people, even people who have done wrong things (and we all have!), seemingly unforgivable can still be saved. Confess that you have sinned to Jesus, admit that He died on the cross for your sins, and ask Him to come into your life as your personal Savior. If you do that, and mean it with your heart, you are a born-again child of the King! And that is amazing!!!!! That is SO something to celebrate about!!!! So celebrate! Tell others the good news you have found, and the amazing grace of God ♥.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Hannah  – (June 29, 2011 at 3:19 PM)  

Awesome post!! I am so glad Jesus is alive and that He has prepared a place for me in Heaven!!! :)

Talia  – (August 31, 2011 at 6:51 PM)  

Isn't Jesus so amazing? Our God is an awesome God!

Kara "Klarabelle" Siert  – (February 25, 2012 at 9:27 PM)  

I love how this blog is completely centered around Jesus. It's so wonderful!

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