This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #481 titled, “Willing to Die” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
We see it in the news all the time: a crowded market, or bus, or restaurant is suddenly rocked by a violent explosion. The police rush to the scene, knowing that among the dead and injured they may find one individual who died by choice. Explosives strapped to his body, this person was willing to die in order to kill as many of his enemies as possible.
A person willing to die so that his enemies will also die is bad news—especially if we happen to be the enemies! But by way of contrast, here is some very good news. There is someone who was willing to die so that you and I could live. Not just live physically, but live life as it really should be lived: with no guilt blocking our relationship with God, and no fear of coming punishment for our sins. This is eternal life, and someone was willing to die so we could have it.
You probably know who that person is. His Name is Jesus, the Son of God from heaven. He was the one person who didn’t have to die: death is the result of sin and He never sinned. He died voluntarily, allowing men to crucify him. While He was on the cross, the Bible says that God was punishing Him for our sins. When the punishment was accomplished, Jesus said, “It is finished!” and willingly died.
You may be wondering why anyone really needed to die for us. It seems pretty drastic, especially if we feel our life is okay as it is. But one thing we learn from the Bible is that God doesn’t look at things the way we do. The Bible states in Romans 3:22-23, “…there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. That is a summary of our condition as God sees it. Because of His infinite holiness, our sin and disobedience to Him cannot be overlooked or go unpunished. If our sin is not taken care of, not only is there a barrier between us and God in this life, but also God’s judgment to expect in the next. The purpose of Jesus’ willing death was to pay for our sins, so God could forgive us.
The fact that Jesus died for us is one proof that no one can earn eternal life by their good deeds or religious observances. If we could get to heaven by our efforts or goodness, then He would not have needed to suffer at all. But His death was an absolute necessity, because nothing we do can ever take away the guilt of our sins. Jesus did everything required by God to pay for our sins, and by trusting in Him alone we can receive the free gift of eternal life.
Sadly, some will kill themselves in order to kill others. But God’s good news is that Jesus was willing to suffer and die so He could offer you and me eternal life. Do you have it?
The Bible states in John 3:16, “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.”
The Bible says in Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
1 Corinthians 15:3 says, “Christ died for our sins.”
The Bible states in Hebrews 9:27, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour in the free pardon of your sins. Allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for your souls salvation from the power of sin and from the punishment of sin in that awful place called Hell. Please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at [email protected] and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
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