Maybe you are here by mistake? Maybe not. I am glad you're here. If you are here because you have been looking for something, possibly all of your life, but have yet to find it, maybe what you read here today will help. I hope and pray it will.
God may have been on your mind recently. Maybe someone said something to you about Jesus, and you have been thinking about those words, and wondering if they are true. Maybe someone did something nice for you, and asked nothing in return, and when you asked them why they would do such a thing, they told you because Jesus loves you, and so do I.
Whatever the reason, you are here now, and I'd like to help you continue to find what you have been looking for. The answer is not in the news, nor is it in a church building. It's not on TV, the radio, or the bottle of alcohol that some turn to in despair. Have you despaired? Have you felt like giving up? Don't give up yet, there is a hope that is true, and I'd like to tell you about Him.
If you are like me, then most of your life, you have wondered what will happen when you die. That's not morbid, it's built into us, it is natural to think about such things. The problem is, if you don't know what will happen when you die, fear sets in. You have heard about heaven, and you have also heard about hell. You know you don't want to go to hell, but you don't know how to get to heaven. Or, maybe you have been told that you have to be really, really good to get into heaven. Possibly, you have been taught that you just have to be "pretty good" to get into heaven. No matter what the circumstance, you may feel confused about where you stand with God. I am so happy to tell you that you don't have to be confused any more, if you don't want to be.
You see, life isn't about death. Yet we at times can become consumed with fear at the "end" of our lives here. Why is this so? Does it have to be this way?
The answer to that question is no, it doesn't have to be that way, not any more. Life is about living, not dying. Aren't you tired of worrying about the end of your life? Aren't you weary of all the questions without answers? Life in this world can be very hard sometimes, I know, but it doesn't have to be hopeless.
If that is where you are, if you feel hopeless, or unable to figure it all out, maybe I am able to help. We'll see.
There is a Man I know. His name is Jesus Christ. You may have heard about Him many times, or maybe you have only heard about Him a few times. None of that matters. What does matter is what He wants to say to you, right now. He loves you, and as hard as that could be to understand or imagine, it is still true. How do I know? Because once I, like you, was hopeless and lost, without a clue as to how to make sense of this life. Jesus changed that, and He is still changing that for me, and He can do it for you, and will do it for you, if you ask Him.
Maybe you think Jesus would never love you, maybe because you think you are unlovable, or have "done too much wrong" in your life. I don't know all the reasons, but I do know this: There is nothing you can do that Jesus cannot forgive. Some call these things we have done sin, while others call them mistakes. Whatever they are to you, please hear me now, Jesus can handle it.
Nearly two thousand years ago, Jesus died on a cross. What's the big deal, you might wonder. There is a reason Jesus went to the cross, dear friend. That reason is you. If you have never talked with God, it doesn't matter. If you have never tried to "do good", it doesn't matter, Jesus overcomes all of that. He is the Son of the Living God, who made you, and longs to know you, and for you to know Him. There aren't any answers that make sense in this world that don't include the God who made you. Without God, all is an evergrowing list of unanswered questions. The more we look, the less everything makes sense, the more we try, the more discouraged we get. It doesn't have to be that way. Are you willing to find out the truth?
This world tells us that we are measured by what we accomplish. The trouble with that is, what happens to those who don't accomplish much? And how do we know how much we have to accomplish to be accepted? This world is a measuring stick, and none of us measure up. The more we do, the more the world tells us we have to improve, because the moment we stop "trying", we are no longer worth anything.
Aren't you tired of trying to measure up to something, and never knowing what you have to do to be accepted, finally? If you are, then come to Jesus, He will accept you just as you are, broken heart, broken hopes, broken home, and all. We have all done things we are not proud of. Let's call them what they are; sins. There is no getting around it, our hearts tell us we have done things that we shouldn't have. Who is going to make those things right again? Who can heal the pain we have felt? Who can heal the pain we have given to others? Everyone has done this, there isn't one person who hasn't. But Jesus knows that, and He stands ready to accept you, just as you are, into His Kingdom. He will forgive all that you have done, if you just ask Him. But as well as that, He will become your friend, your brother, and your close, trustworthy guide. He is able to make all things new, and He is able to make sense out things that don't make sense. Will you trust Him? Do you believe He is able to do this? He came here, to this world you live in, to give His life for you, so that you could be with Him forever. He has risen from the dead, and is seated with His Father in Heaven, waiting for you to ask Him. If He can rise from the dead, then He can also take you with Him wherever He is.
He has made the claim that He is the Son of God, and He has made the claim that He was with God in the beginning, and that He is God. He has said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." If you have always wanted to be with Him in heaven, but didn't know how you could get there, know that He made the way for you. Know that all you have to do is believe in Him for your salvation, and salvation is yours. That's it, you don't have to earn anything, you don't have to measure up, or try real hard, or even beg. All you have to do is believe that He is who He said He is. Can you? Will you?
Life isn't about death. It's about living, and Jesus is offering to you, right now and forevermore, eternal living in heaven with Him. Will you accept this gift? Will you accept His love? Will you accept His freedom, and begin your journey with Jesus? There is nothing you have to do but say yes, Jesus!
If you are willing, then tell Him now. Open your mind and heart in a prayer, and tell Him that you believe in Him, the Son of the Living God. Ask Him to forgive you for your sins, because you know He can. Ask Him to give you a gift right now, the gift of His Holy Spirit, planted right within your heart, to be with you always, til the very end of time. Tell Him that you want to know Him, and you want Him to know you. Thank Him for dying for you, so that you could be with HIm forever. It doesn't matter if you think you don't know how to pray. It doesn't matter if you don't say a lot of words. What matters is that you believe in your heart that He is true, and that He has already done that which you couldn't do for yourself, measure up.
If you have asked Jesus for salvation, then please tell me, or tell someone who Knows Him. There are links on this weblog to people who know Him and love Him. They can help you get to know Him better. Maybe I can, too. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, if you want to tell me. If you have any questions, about this, if you feel uncertain, please, I ask you to email me. Thank you very much for visiting me.