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)
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
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: