.::The Plan of Salvation::.
I want to share with you the GREATEST news in the history of mankind! Jesus Christ died for your sins and rose again three days later. Sure, you've probably heard it a MILLION times, whether it was from your parents, your grandparents, from sitting in church for countless hours listening to the preacher yell and scream, etc. Maybe you've never heard of Jesus before, or you have huge misconceptions about Him. Maybe you've heard that He's mean, nasty, doesn't give a crap about you at all and is just waiting for that PERFECT moment to strike you down with a bolt of lightning. Well, these claims, i must say, are WAY off and are not true by any means whatsoever. That's what the Devil himself merely wants you to think. Here's the truth about Jesus:

John 3:16-17 "For God so loved the world (that includes you) that he gave his one and only son (Jesus) that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him."

This verse basically says that God loved the world SO MUCH that He gave Jesus, His only son so that whoever (that means everybody) believes in him will live forever and be saved from sin. You see, God's intention was NEVER to condemn the world and send judgement upon us. He wants a personal relationship with us! Think about it!! God is the master of the universe-how could he even CARE about us since we're so rebellious against Him? But yet, he DOES care about us and wants that friendship with us. He sent His son son that you may receive salvation through His death on the cross.

But what IS salvation? First of all, salvation cannot be obtained by going to church countless times. It can't be obtained by anything else except Jesus. For example, a devout Buddhist is just as lost as a murderer on the streets. Why? Here's why:

John 14:6- "Jesus answered, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. NO ONE comes to the father but through me."

There it is- plain and simple. Jesus is the ONLY way to God, and the ONLY way to receive salvation. It is not obtained by mere works or good deeds either.

Ephesians 2:8,9- ""by grace you have been saved through faith... it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast."

You see, there is no way that you can "earn" salvation through good deeds or through being a good person. But hey...you're probably thinking that you're a good person-you probably haven't killed anybody or stole anything. Maybe you're even a church member! Yet, there really is no such thing as a "good person." It says in Romans 3:23 that "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." You can give to the poor all you want to, become a priest, a pastor, go to church as much as you can. But look- if you haven't
accepted Jesus Christ into your heart and made Him your Savior and put Him as your #1 objective in your life, you're still lost and dead in your sins!! Salvation and getting saved is a GIFT.

What IS a gift? Simple- it's something that is freely given to you out of genuine love, without deserving it or doing anything to get it! Salvation is a FREE GIFT. Something that is offered to EVERYBODY. But maybe you're a really BAD person. Maybe you've done drugs, had sex multiple times, broken the law, etc. You're probably thinking that you can't enter God's kingdom because of your past failures and mistakes. Well let me assure you this:

"The Lord is...not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (II Peter 3:9)

God doesn't want ANY of us to go to hell and be eternally separated from Him! He wants ALL to come to repentance- He wants ALL to become part of His family! That includes you!

John 6:37-"All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away."

Whether you're a religious fanatic or a mass murderer, Jesus wants to have a personal relationship with you. He died on the cross and rose to life three days later so that you can spend eternity with Him in heaven- a place where there is no pain, no hurt, no tears, and no sadness. It's a place of joy, happiness, all the food you could ever eat, beautiful gold streets, and best of all, it's a place where we can know EVERYTHING there is to ever know about God and we can talk to Him face to face. Not only THAT, but if you
accept the free gift of salvation, God will turn your life around in MIRACULOUS and awesome ways! He's changed mine, and he's AWESOME. Without Him, i'm empty, i'm lonely, i'm depressed, and my life just SUCKS. Quite frankly, your life sucks too if you don't give your life to Him. What would be the whole point of gaining all that one could gain, having power and riches, all the women a man could ask for, having all the material things that a man could possibly store up for himself..........and, about 50 years later, die and leave it all on earth and spending ETERNITY in Hell?! It's useless; it's a wasted life.

If you would like to become a Christian and receive the free gift of salvation, pray a prayer that goes something like this:

"Jesus, I confess that I need You. My own works are not good enough. I have sinned, and I need to receive this free gift. I confess you as Lord, and believe in my heart that God raised you from the dead. Lord Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit; guide me to a Bible-believing church; and help me to read your Word. Thank you for dying for me. Amen"

-by Josh Roberts