The Good News
I have recently had to test my own mortality. After 70 years, my heart started acting up and required some immediate attention. The doctors were using words like "death's doorstep" and "months" and "lucky". I had a six hour open heart surgery where my heart was stopped, a defective aortic valve was removed and replaced by a "bovine" valve. I'm told the repaired heart should be good for "years". I am most appreciative to the surgical team and the hospital staff for all their expertise, care and compassion. They all did a terrific job in saving my life … temporarily.
Five days laying flat on your back in a hospital bed is not fun. What I found is that your mind wanders and often becomes fixated on certain thoughts. While I thought of my wife, family and friends often, I really thought of my relationship with Jesus Christ more. To me, a Christian, Jesus represents eternal life, a life that will continue into eternity once this earthly body craps out for the last time. I can truthfully say that I was never apprehensive about the surgery. I knew that regardless of the outcome, I was going to win. I had a peace that transcends all understanding. I want to share that peace with you. It starts with The Gospel aka "the good news".
I'm a lawyer by trade and am very familiar with a law library. My library consisted of several hundred books dealing specifically with California Codes. Each state would also have their own Codes, and each County, City, Town and Municipality would also have their own set of laws. Each foreign country, would also have their own set of laws, etc. It doesn't stop there, however, because the laws are constantly changing. What is legal one day, becomes illegal the next. You get the picture.
In contrast, the Bible is the inerrant word of God and has never changed, nor will it. It contains the "law" as set forth by God thousands of years ago. Man (that's us) violated that law which leads to damnation. God sent his Son, Jesus, to take on the punishment for our sin. Think of it as our only way to have eternal life in heaven. Let's look at what the bible says.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 Jesus replied, "I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
Jesus replied, "I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation. Now the Scripture says, "No one who believes on Him shall be put to shame..." Romans 10:9-11
And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised. 2 Corinthians 5:15
"Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me." Revelation 3:20
The next step is inviting Jesus into your heart. A simple prayer something like this is all it takes:
"Heavenly Father, I have sinned against you. I want forgiveness for all my sins. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for me and rose again. Father, I give you my life to do with as you wish. I want Jesus to come into my life and into my heart. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen"
So, what now? Find a good Bible teaching local church and get plugged in. Don't be afraid to talk (pray) to God. He likes that. If you have questions drop me a message on this site, or feel free to give me a call. I'd love to talk to you:
Denny Welch (530)-889-8562...home (916)-276-5866-…cell
God Bless, Denny