Jesus answered, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 3:16 (KJV)
This was Jesus’ reply to Nicodemus, who was a Pharisee (Jewish religious leaders, who were jealous and wanted to get rid of Jesus) and member of the ruling council. Nicodemus came to seek out Jesus in the middle of the night to ask him some questions. And Jesus punctuated the importance of his response by preceding it with the phrase, “Verily, verily”, which is like a teacher saying to the class, “Pay special attention, this is going to be on the exam!” Basically, Jesus was telling him the way to heaven, …the secret to eternal life.
The path to God is a simple one. You must believe that Jesus was sent by God to die for our sins, died in our place, and was resurrected by God. Confessing and TRULY BELIEVING these truths in your heart is the only road to salvation…or being saved.
Here it is broken down into digestible pieces:
1. God knows that we are sinners. No matter how much “good works” we do or how much we try to keep the 10 Commandments, we will always fall short of doing enough to be perfect. People always say, “No one’s perfect.” And it is true. How can we be in God’s presence if we are flawed? In His infinite wisdom, love and grace, God gave us a way to cleanse ourselves, so that we may be forgiven. He gave us Jesus, the perfect sacrifice. Besides, if we could get to heaven through good works, why would we need God?
2. In the Old Testament, Jews would sacrifice all kinds of animals as a sacrifice for their sins, because only death can replace death. And being a sinner without redemption equals death. Therefore, the death of a “spotless” animal, like a lamb, if done with faith, would cover the sins of the individual. This is why Jesus was sent by God as the perfect sacrifice. In John 1:36, John the Baptist looked upon Jesus and declared, “Behold the Lamb of God.”
3. Jesus had to die to cover our sins. Sin breaks our relationship with God. As sinners, we have a debt to pay before we can be in the presence of God. And that is why Jesus is also called the Redeemer, because Jesus’ death payed our debt. He redeemed us. In Webster’s Dictionary, redeem is defined as “to release from blame or debt.”
4. After Jesus was crucified, He died and was resurrected in three days. Most people know this. But this is a crucial component of proving Jesus’ declaration of His divinity. Jesus’ resurrection allowed Him to ascend to heaven and intercede for us before God, the Father.
These are the reasons why Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father, except through me.” (John 14:6)
So come and share eternal life with our Heavenly Father. Experience God. Get to know Him. Take that first step and confess that you are a sinner and believe in your heart these truths. And you will be on the Path To God.
For a more in-depth and complete discussion about being saved, please read Peter Wilson’s blog entry titled, “How To Be Saved”.
God Bless you!
In His Light,