All men and women need Christ today because, “there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). We were created to have a relationship with our Creator. Life is spent in vain apart from Him (Jn. 14:6; Ecc. 2:1-17).
Because of sin, true peace is impossible for unbelievers (Jn. 8:34; Heb. 3:18; Rom. 8:6-; Is. 57:20-21). All have sinned and come short of God’s glory (Rom. 3:23); all deserve death (Rom. 6:23; James 1:15; Heb. 9:27), because God demands holiness (Ps. 1:5; 1 Pet. 1:16), and sinners can in no way earn or achieve the holiness He requires by their own effort (Is. 64:6; Rom. 3:20; Gal. 2:16; Eph. 2:8-9).
Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Tim. 1:15-16) and to die as a sacrifice for our sin (Rom. 4:25; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:7-8; Col. 1:20; Titus 2:14). Jesus is the only way to God (Jn. 14:6 ), and He is God (Jn. 10:30). He created everything (Jn.1:3) and owns and rules everything (Ps. 103:19). He is Lord (1 Tim. 1:17; Matt. 28:18; Mark 14:62; Rev. 17:14). It is His desire for all to be saved (John 6:37; Rom. 10:13; 2 Pet. 3:9) and promises eternal life to all who believe in Him (Jn.3:16, 6:40, 14:1-3; Luke 23:43; Heb. 11:38-40; Rom. 6:23; 2 Tim. 2:11). Jesus rose from the grave (Jn. 2:19, Luke 24:5-8; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Rev. 1:18; 2 Tim. 2:11) and lives today to have an intimate relationship with anyone who wants to follow Him (1 Jn. 5:18; Jn. 10; Ps. 23; Is. 48:1-3), repent (Acts 17:30:), and obey His Word (Jn. 14:15-18, 21, 24). He will never abandon His own (1 Sam. 12:22; Matt. 28:20: Jn. 6:39), and all who are His are forever and unconditionally sealed as God’s own possession with the Holy Spirit of promise (Eph. 1:13-14; John 10:27-28; Rom. 8:38-39). “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent” (Jn. 6:29).
Consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession (Heb. 3:1). In His presence there is fullness of joy (Ps. 16:11). Where is He who has been born King of the Jews (Matt. 2:2)? He is continually before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken (Ps. 16:8). Have you seen Him whom my soul loves (Song of Sol. 3:3)? He visits me in the night (Ps. 17:3). He makes me lie down in green pastures (Ps. 23:2) and sings with me hymns in church (Heb. 2:12). He gives my heart a home and takes away the loneliness (Ps. 68:5-6). He does not leave me as an orphan; He comes to me (Jn. 14:18). “Who is the King of glory?” (Ps. 24.8). He is my friend. (Jn. 15:14).
“Lift up your eyes on high and see the One who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number. He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power not one of them is missing” (Is. 40:26). He makes my heart beat faster (Song of Solomon 4:9). Have you seen Him whom my soul loves (Song of Sol. 3:3)?
–Dwayna Litz, 2001