“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)
How often have you heard it said, “Someone needs to tell you the facts of life.”? This, of course, is often a very accurate statement, but never is it so accurate as when it refers to the fact of eternal life, Jesus Christ. He is the fact of all facts, the good news of all good news, the fact of life.
In Romans 1:16 Paul said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel (good news) of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Jesus is indeed good news, the good news that all the world needs to hear, the fact of eternal life. If your heart does not personally rejoice in this fact, in the good news in Jesus Christ, please read on.
YOU ARE A SINNER
You might begin to say, “Now that’s very personal. How do you know I am a sinner, or who are you to call me a sinner?” Well, I didn’t call you a sinner; God did, and I know you are a sinner because His Word (the Bible) says you are. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;…” (Romans 3:23) “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20)
Not only does God’s Word say you are a sinner, you know it too. You may have read, heard and even repeated all kinds of philosophies that claim, “Everything is beautiful in its own way,” etc., but deep down inside you know very well you are a sinner. Your own heart and conscience are saying it to you even now.
SIN BRINGS ETERNAL PUNISHMENT
Again, we have moved into an area that modern philosophy and much godless religion chooses to deny. If, however, you accept any fact in the Bible, you must accept Hell. To doubt it is to deny the veracity of Jesus, Himself, for it was He who said, “And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:” (Mark 9:43) Whatever else you may not understand about this verse, you can understand that Jesus says that Hell is real, Hell is fire, and unforgiven sinners go there. Again, in Psalm 9:17a we read, “The wicked shall be turned into hell.” We can, thus far, safely conclude then that you are a sinner, and that unforgiven sinners spend eternity in Hell.
GOOD NEWS FOR SINNERS
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” (I Timothy 1:15) Notice this great statement, “…Jesus came into the world to save sinners…”
You see then that even though you are definitely a sinner, and are by nature programmed for Hell, there is salvation offered to you. That salvation is Jesus Christ.
Were it not for Jesus Christ; were it not for what He did on the cross; and were it not for what He is doing in sinners today, there would be absolutely no way you could be saved from Hell. You would have divine responsibilities, but you could in no wise exercise them. Because of what He has done though, you can, by God’s grace and power, come to faith and repentance, and thus have eternal life.
YOU MUST REPENT
The Bible teaches that you must repent of sin, or there is absolutely no forgiveness for you. If you feel a real inclination in your heart to reject sin, it is from God. Your responsibility is to yield to the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. They are now saying to your heart, “Reject sin and turn to Christ.” “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:5) Repentance does not mean that in the flesh you can cease from sinning. It means that your heart says no to sin.
YOU MUST BELIEVE ON JESUS CHRIST
It is also essential that you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life:” (John 3:36a). Again, I remind you that faith is a divine gift, given of God in His mercy through His Word and His Spirit. It is also a human responsibility. To believe on the Son as John 3:36 has said, means to accept in your heart the fact that He died on Calvary’s cross for the express purpose of paying the price for your sins, and of giving to you His divine righteousness. To exercise repentance and faith, in short, means to reject and renounce yourself and to receive Jesus Christ. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God…” (John 1:12)
I hope and pray that as you have read this tract God has convicted your heart of sin, and taught you of the cleansing power of the blood Jesus shed on Calvary’s cross. If He has done so in such a way that your heart is even now saying no to sin and yes to Jesus Christ; if your heart has been broken because of your sin, and restored by the good news that Jesus died to save sinners; if your heart is now able to say joyfully, “He is my salvation; I have looked to Him for forgiveness and He has forgiven;” you know the fact of life. Your heart knows what means the song, “Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.” Let others know what Jesus has done for you.