I met this guy once when I was about 12 years old, I had heard about him from a few friends. Apparently, he was a good friend to those who knew him, and he would always make sure to look after his pals, and his pals would always try to make sure he was ok too.
This guy seemed to attract peoples attention wherever he would go. He always seemed to have something to say to anyone who stopped and talked to him, and those he talked to, always took something away with them from the conversations they had with him.
He had such a heart for people, that he would talk to anyone, regardless of race, stature or religion. He would even talk to those who we would probably never give the time of day.
There came a time in his life where he had to make a decision, his friends were in trouble and needed help. Infact, they were so much so in trouble, it was a matter of life or death, and this guy was the only one who could do something about it. So he decided, because he loved his friends so much, that he would take the blame for whatever it was that they had done wrong.
Now, this was no small thing, he knew that in order to save his friends, that he would have to suffer, yet knowing what faced him, he was still prepared to do it. He went and made a stand for his friends, and in doing so, he was ridiculed, beaten and eventually put to death. Yet because he had done this, it meant his friends could live, he had saved them through his death so that they might have life.
Who am I taking about? Well, his name is Jesus. Jesus died so that man could live. He suffered the sins of man, so that he could give man life. And who are the friends he died for? YOU. He loved you so much that he knew the only way you could live, was through his death. Imagine that, God’s son dying for you.
This life was not only for the people at that time, but for all people throughout all generations. I met him when I was 12, yet he gave his life thousands of years ago. How can this be? Because Jesus is no longer dead, he is alive, and because of this, we can have life too, eternal life.
So, how did I meet him? That’s easy, I only had to ask. Jesus said, anyone who comes to me shall have eternal life and have it in all its fullness. My friends, if you don’t know Jesus, then now is the time that you need to make a decision, just as Jesus did when he decided to give his life up so that you could live.
No one on this earth could find any guilt in him, yet he was put to death. He knew this would need to happen so that you could have life. He knew he would be beaten, he did it for you, he knew he would be whipped so much so that his flesh would be torn, he did it for you, each nail that went through his hands and his feet, he did it for you, every bit of blood that was shed, he did it for you, whilst he was hanging on the cross waiting to die, he was thinking of YOU! Jesus did it so you could know his love for you, he loved you so much that he wanted to do it. Who among us would have done that? Who among us knowing the pain and suffering we would have to go through would give up our lives so that others could live? And even to the people who did these things to him, he still loved and forgave, and he is willing to forgive you, you only need to ask and mean it with all of your heart, and you will receive that life he gave you through his death.
All you need to do is ask him, he’s waiting…