After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), "I am thirsty". A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said "It is finished". Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
John 19:28-30 (NRSV)


Jesus came to earth with one very specific purpose: to pay for our sins through his own death on a cross. His crucifixion was not a surprise to him and was not the result of something going wrong on an easy plan. Dying was the plan. Even dying a tortured death by crucifixion. It was the finale of Christ's earthly life and the perfect completion of his earthly mission to pay for the sins of those who believe in him.



Jesus' death was not the result of his earthly trial, but was actually the fulfillment of his purpose in coming to earth as a man - so that he could serve as a perfect once-for-all sacrifice for all of us. He told others of his imminent crucifixion and the necessity of it, and he accepted the pain and suffering that he knew would result. But because he bore this cost on the cross, the cost of our sins, all that is now required of us to have eternal life is faith in Him. Faith that he is the Messiah, the Son of God, that he rose from the dead, and that his self-sacrifice covers all of our sins, no matter how awful they may be.

A simple way to express this faith and accept Christ is through prayer, telling God what you believe. The links below are to churches and ministries of many denominations, across the United States and around the world, with examples of prayers to tell God you now believe in Jesus and accept Him as your savior. If you check them out you'll notice strong similarities in them despite the denominational differences because accepting Christ, or professing your belief in Christ and in the power of His shed blood to pay the price for your sins, isn't a denominational issue, it's a biblical calling. The exact wording of the prayers isn't important - what matters is that you really believe in your heart that Jesus is the Son of God who was crucified and rose from the dead, and in doing this, Jesus paid the penalty for your sins instead of you. He is literally your savior - He saves you from bearing the penalty of your own sins, which is death, and provides eternal life instead. If you believe these things, we encourage you to tell God this in your own words, or through a prayer in a link below:


  Billy Graham
  Baptist Church
  Bible Church
  Church of God
  First Christian Church
  Canadian Church
  Salvation Army
Other related scriptures:
Hebrews 9: 26-27   Jesus' sacrifice was once-for-all
Hebrews 10: 11-14   Jesus sits down after finishing the sacrifice, to show the finality and the perfection of his one-time sacrifice
Hebrews 10: 19-20   More on access to the Most Holy Place by Jesus' self-sacrifice
1 Timothy 2: 5   Jesus is our mediator between us and God
1 Timothy 2: 6   Jesus paid our ransom




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