Posted on: June 01, 2021 Evangelizing, Red Zone

Why did Christ die for us? That is one of the common questions that most non-Christians don’t understand. In this article, Bridge to Life, I will explain why we need Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross to enable us be with God.

This article is also helpful for friends who are unsure, who are lost, and/or who are contemplating surrendering their lives to Christ.

The goal of this article is to explain why Christ died for us and why we need to embrace Christ in our lives. We hope that this will help you make that decision to receive Christ, if you have not yet done so.

What does the bridge to life mean?

God loves us and He wants to have a lasting relationship with us. He wants to help us on our journey through life and into eternity.

However, we have chosen to go our own way. Our sins have caused a separation between God and us.

Most of us are aware of this separation and we try to get right with God by doing good works.

To work our way to heaven, we have to be perfect, but no one is. We all sin and fall short of God’s standards.

The Bible says the penalty for our sins is death, spiritual separation from God forever. These words: alone, pain, lost, separated, forever describe that kind of experience, but God doesn’t want that to happen to anyone.

So He sent Christ his only son to die for our sins and to be the bridge so we could cross over to God. These words: love, hope, peace, trust, friend, and future describe what comes from a relationship with Christ.

Jesus Christ died on the cross for us. He paid the penalty for our sins and rose again to prove that He is our Savior.

But it’s not enough just to know this. To cross over to God we need to personally receive Christ by asking Him to forgive us and come into our lives.

How do you invite Christ to come into your life?

Would you like to receive Christ and cross over to God? You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer. Prayer is talking with God. It is your heart talking to God’s heart.

Here’s a suggested prayer:

Lord Jesus, I need you.

Please forgive me for all the things I’ve done wrong.

Please come into my life and begin to lead me.

I pray this as sincerely as I know how.

Amen.

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If it does, we can pray right now and Christ will forgive you and come into your life as he promised. Just visualize Christ, looking at you. You talk to him from your heart and I’ll lead you through the prayer phrase by phrase. Okay? Let’s pray.

Lord Jesus, thank you for your love for me.

Thank you for dying for my sins.

Please forgive me for all the things I’ve done wrong.

Please come into my and begin to lead me.

God, I need you.

I pray this as sincerely as I know how.

Amen.

What happens next?

Mobile Phone showing the Share Your Faith AppThe moment you receive Christ, many things happen to you, including eternal life.

Whenever you close your eyes for the last time here on earth, you will open them in God’s presence in heaven, forever.

God has forgiven all your sins. Even the ones, no one else knows about.

You’ve begun a personal friendship with Christ that can continue to grow and deepen throughout the rest of your life.

God will never leave you. You will sin again, we all do, but he’ll be with you forever.

All these things happened the moment you received Christ: Eternal life, sins forgiven, personal relationship, and he will never leave you. Receiving Christ is just the beginning of a wonderful new relationship with Christ.

Spiritual practices to continually grow in your relationship with God

 

  • Talk to God in prayer every day.
  • Read God’s word daily and begin with the gospel of John.
  • Spend time with others who know Christ personally.
  • Become involved in a church where Christ is preached.
  • Be filled with the Holy Spirit and rely on him moment by moment. When you sin, honestly confess or admit it to God, he’ll forgive you and your fellowship with him will be restored.

Doing these spiritual practices will help you continually grow closer to Christ.

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