Jesus Christ has done more to change history, the course of civilization, and the condition of man than any other leader, group, government, or empire before Him or since. He has given the love of God to billions and made the way for as many as will believe in Him to receive eternal life.
Jesus Christ is not merely a philosopher or teacher or rabbi or guru or prophet, though He has been called all these things. He is the Son of God. God the Father is a Spirit and is all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere, and in everything. He is so far beyond our limited human comprehension that He had to send His Son, Jesus, in the form of a man, to show us what He Himself is like and to bring us to Himself.
Although many great teachers have spoken about love and God, Jesus is love and He is God. Jesus is the only One who died for the sins of the world and rose from the dead. He’s in a class all by Himself because He’s the only Savior. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”1
—David Brandt Berg (1919–1994)
Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.
—Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821)
Why did Jesus die?
Why would the Lord of the universe, God in the flesh, allow Himself to be captured, falsely accused, tried and condemned, whipped, stripped, and nailed to a cross like a common criminal? The answer is simple: because He loved you and me!
All of us have done wrong. The Bible says, “Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”2 But Jesus took our punishment on Himself, so that we might find forgiveness and freedom from our sins.
Jesus loves you and stands at the door of your heart, asking to be let in. You can receive Him by praying this prayer:
Jesus, I want to know You personally, so I invite You to come into my heart. Thank You for dying for me, so I could be forgiven for my sins, find peace of heart and mind here and now, and receive God’s gift of eternal life. Amen.
1. John 14:6
2. Romans 3:23 NLT