Manor Baptist Church of  San Leandro, California

"Preaching Christ by the Bay"

Our Savior

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

I John 4:9

The Bible is a book which tells us a story.  It is a story about God.  It is a story about the world He created and the men and women who live in that world.  It is a story about us, and about a man who came to do something we could not do for ourselves.  It is a story of hope.

It is a story which begins in the distant past when God said "Let there be light!" and His creation work began.  It is a story which ends sometime in the future with that creation restored to the beauty and purity in which God made it.  Between those two endpoints stretches the work of redemption--the tale of a people fallen from grace, and the grace which sought their restoration.  The central character in this story is a man named Jesus.

It is a story which begins with a need, and that need is ours.  No matter how hard we may strive to live a good life, we still miss the mark that God has set.  His words to us in the Bible define for us what sin is, and reveal to us that despite our finest efforts, we cannot totally escape sin.  It's not a problem limited to a few of us, for the Bible teaches us that we all have sinned and come short of what God expects.

It gets worse.  God has established a penalty for sin, and that penalty is death--not just physical death, but eternal death in a very real and very horrible place called Hell.  He calls death the wage of sin.  Our wages are what we receive for what we do.  What we do is sin.  What we get is death.  And since the Bible makes crystal clear that all of us are sinners, it would seem we face a hopeless predicament.

But God does not desire to see anyone perish, and although He cannot set aside the penalty for our sins, He did make provision for that penalty to be paid by someone else.  If one who was not guilty were willing to die in our place, we could be delivered from death into eternal life.  Our substitute would bear our guilt to the grave, and we would in turn bear our substitute's lack of guilt before the Lord.  It would seem the perfect plan, except for the fact that we've already observed that every single one of us is a sinner.  So who is it that could die in our place?

Here is where God demonstrated His great love and compassion for us.  He gave His only Son for the task, sending Him to be our Messiah--the Christ.  God's Son set aside His glory and majesty, was born a man named Jesus in a town called Bethlehem, lived a sinless life among us, died upon a cross on a hillside near Jerusalem, and was laid to rest in a borrowed tomb in a nearby garden.  He died bearing our guilt, and carried our guilt to the grave with Him.  He died to set us free.

And He rose again, that we might not only be free, but that we might be free for all eternity in Heaven with Him.  Three days He was in the grave, but on that third day Jesus put the icing on the cake, so to speak, and overcame even death for us.  Because He died, our sin debt is paid.  Because He lives, we can have eternal life.

But don't stop reading there, because there's one more very critical thing you have to know.  The fact that Jesus died for your sins and rose again will only make a difference in your life if you accept Him as your Savior.  The Bible explains that you must respond to God's offer of salvation.  If you breathe your last without repenting of your sins and calling upon the Lord Jesus Christ to save you, the fact that He died for your sins and rose again that you might go to Heaven is nothing but an interesting bit of information.  You must put your faith entirely in Jesus to save you.  As the Bible puts it, you must "call upon the name of the Lord" in order to be saved.

This is the story the Bible tells.  It's a story which can end in two different ways for you, my friend.  It could end with you accepting God's freely given gift of eternal life by trusting in His Son Jesus Christ the Lord.  Or it could end by you doing nothing, dying one day as we all will eventually, and spending an eternity suffering in Hell.  It's your call.  How will the story end for you?

If you are willing to be saved, you can do so right now where you are as you read this.  Just pray something like this: "Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner, and I believe you died to pay the penalty for my sins.  I want to put my trust in you to save me and give me eternal life.  Save me, Lord Jesus."  You don't have to use these exact words, but if you'll pray in this way, the Bible says that God will both hear you and save you.

If you have prayed in this way, then you are now a Christian.  We would like to hear from you so we can pray for you.  Please use the "Contact Us" page on this web site to send us a message letting us know what you did.  We'll honor your privacy and not bombard you with "Christian spam."  We simply want to rejoice with you and pray for you.

If you did not ask God to save you, but would be willing to consider this further, let us first recommend you get a Bible and look up the following verses.  These verses support the things we have told you about on this page.  If you do not have a Bible, please click on the "Online Bible" button at the top of this page, which will connect you to an online Bible you can use.

John 3:7; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27; II Corinthians 5:21; II Peter 3:9; Romans 5:8; Acts 17:30; Acts 16:30-31; John 1:12; Romans 10:13; Mark 8:36.

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