One of my favorite passages of scripture is from the Gospel of John, Chapter 1.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it…
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Before I received Christ as my Savior, I struggled with the question, “Who is/was Jesus Christ?” I wondered if Jesus was a prophet and a good teacher, or something more. As I studied this question, I realized that the Bible – and Jesus Himself – claimed he was no mere mortal, but actually God in the flesh. I also realized that if Jesus was just a man – even a very good man – then the crucifixion and resurrection meant nothing. If Jesus had been just a man, then he had sin, the same as all men. The only way Jesus could take away my sin is if he was actually God, come to earth in human form, without a sin nature, and living a sinless life. Only then could the crucifixion and resurrection take away sin and guarantee eternal life.
One night, as I tried to sleep, these verses from John kept swirling around in my head. Somehow, through the leading of the Holy Spirit, it suddenly “clicked.” I understood that Jesus was indeed Who He claimed to be – God, in the flesh. And, as God, He had the ability and power to take away my sin, and to forgive me. I re-read John 1, and came to these verses:
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own,and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
I understood that all I needed to do was to receive the forgiveness God offered through Jesus Christ’s death, and eternal life through His resurrection. At 1:04 am, on October 22, 1979, I asked Jesus Christ to come into my life. I was forever changed. Thirty-two years later, I am more in love with Jesus than ever before. He is continuing to change me, continuing to mold me into His image. I long for the day when I will meet Him face-to-face. In the meantime, I will continue to serve Him, and to grow in my relationship with Him.
If you have never received Jesus Christ as Savior, contact me. I’d love to help you to come into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
If you have already received Christ as Savior, but are struggling with your faith, I’d love to pray for you, and help, if I can. Contact me.