Finding Jesus Christ As Your Personal Friend

My dear friend, there is nothing more precious in life than finding Jesus Christ as your personal friend.  The Bible records: 

Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. [King James Version] 

We all need friends!  But just imagine having the God who created all of heaven and earth, the Christ who suffered on Calvary’s cross and physically rose from the grave, the King of kings recorded by John in the book of Revelation, as your intimate and personal friend.  He will be the kind of friend that will stick with you when the storms of life come your way, something many friends won’t do.  He will laugh when you laugh, rejoice when you rejoice, cry when you cry.  The Bible records that, “. . . He will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Heb 13.5)  Jesus will be the kind of friend you have longed to have. 

The difficulty is knowing how to establish this dynamic friendship with God; because Jesus is God.  If you are to establish this friendship then you are going to have to do it God’s way.  Man’s way just won’t do.  The Bible tells us, 

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.  

There are many different opinions about how to begin a walk with Christ, or as we Baptist say it, to be born-again.  But ultimately the only opinion that really matters is God’s, and His is not an opinion, His Word is truth.  He recorded in His written Word what you must do in order to walk with Christ nearly two thousand years ago, and the message has never changed.  It is still the same today.  So please take a walk with me through some Bible passages that will lead you into the most dynamic friendship of your mortal and immortal life. 

First, read this passage carefully, and answer the question, What does this say to me?  Do not just continue to read this text until you answer this question for yourself.  Trust me it is worth your time and effort. 

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  

Please don’t get offended if my questions and comments here seem overly simple, because there is nothing complicated about God’s message.  The message is simple.  In this verse you should have discovered how many people are sinners.  Is there anyone exempt from the guilt of sin according to this verse?  No, not one.   

Consider for a moment what sin is.  How would you define sin?  Many children would answer this question with the simple comment, “The bad stuff we do.”  This is exactly correct.  Sin is anything we do against God or those created in His image. 

Next read this passage and ask yourself, What does this say to me

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  

What is a wage?  A wage is a payment associated with a cost.  If you work a job you receive a wage.  If you are going to buy a loaf of bread there is a cost or a wage associated with the purchase.  There is a cost affixed to sin.  That wage is death. 

Next, notice the word sin.  How many sins does it take to require the wage associated with sin?  The word is singular, not plural, it takes a single sin.  The result of that single sin is the requirement of death.  Death here is talking about eternal death or hell

Someone might say, “I don’t believe a loving God would throw anyone into hell!”  The truth of this passage is that God does not cast anyone into hell.  As a matter of fact He tries to keep people from hell by giving them this warning.  Instead we cast ourselves into hell by our sin.  The revealed and required cost for our sin is death. 

But God doesn’t stop there.  God does not want anyone going to hell so He is holding out the gift of eternal life.  Now, if someone is offering you a gift, when does it become yours?  Many might respond, when they give it.  That is the wrong answer.  They can offer the gift, and offer it, and offer it.  But until you receive it, it is not yours.  You must take or receive the gift. 

If someone were to come to you and say, “Here is a gift from me to you; you can have it for $1.00.”  Is it a gift?  Absolutely not, a gift is only a gift if it is free.  Many people come to God and say, “Lord, I will take your gift when I can be good enough to be saved.”  If God gave you the gift of eternal life in this regard then it would not be a gift, because you would have earned your salvation.  God is holding out the free gift of eternal life for you to take. 

Notice that this life is through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Take a moment to think about what Jesus did for you. 

Have you thought about it?  The answer is obvious: 

The Bible says, 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  

Jesus was God’s only begotten son.  If Jesus was beaten, suffered, and died for my sins, then the picture is as though I had beaten Jesus myself.  I beat and battered Jesus with my sin.  Suppose you have a young child.  If I were to come over to your house and were to reach over and just punch your child, right in the nose, would you give me a gift?  Some men might respond, “oh yea, I would give you a gift alright!  A knuckle sandwich right in the nose!”  No, I mean a valuable gift like everlasting life.  The only answer is No.  So, if you beat up Jesus with your sin, why would God give you a gift? 

The answer is simple and in the Bible.  God’s Word says, 

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 

God gives you the gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord because God loves you.  Notice the word “commendeth”  Some translations of the Bible replace this word with demonstrates.  In my word studies I have discovered that a demonstration is not what God is trying to imply here.  The word “commends” implies that God is trying to unite you with His love.  He is trying to pour His love into you through Christ.  God does not just want to show you His love, He wants you to be one with His love. 

When you receive God’s love gift of everlasting life you are receiving much more than just everlasting life.  You are being united with God's love through a supernatural act of God’s omnipotent power. 

So, you have discovered from God’s Word that: 

The next question seems obvious.  If God is offering the gift of everlasting life, and it does not become yours until you take it, how do you take the gift God is offering?  God reveals this in the Bible. 

Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  

First, answer this simple question.  According to these verses, do you understand and believe that God raised Jesus Christ physically from the grave?  I do and I trust you do too.  Then you are half way to the new-birth and the greatest friendship life has to offer. 

Second, you must now confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus.  Notice the word Lord.  Many misunderstand what this verse is saying.  I am an American, and I have never lived under a Lord.  In the days when the Bible was written the penmen that wrote the words of the Bible had never heard of a democracy, they knew of nothing but lords and kings.  A king owns everything in his land, even the physical bodies of his subjects.  Hence, the Bible is asking you to confess Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.   

Most people have no problem accepting Christ as their savior, but they have a lot of trouble accepting Him as their Lord.  The fact is Jesus is Lord and nothing will ever change that, not even democracy.  The question is, will you confess Him as your personal Lord and Savior?   Will you surrender your life to Him in view of the fact that He willingly gave His life for you and loves you more than you could imagine?  If you will, then you will be saved. 

Now consider this passage of Scripture, 

Rev. 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.  

Here is the supernatural part of the new-birth.  Right now Jesus is standing at the door to your heart.  He is knocking on that door, the door is your will, and He is asking you, “Will you open the door to your life and let me come into you?”  Jesus wants to come right into your life. 

Do you remember that God is trying to unite you with His love.  Jesus is God’s love gift and Jesus wants to come right into your life, spiritually speaking.  The picture of Jesus sitting at the supper table with you is a picture of Him establishing a friendship with you.  He will come into your heart and life and will be your best friend.  The one who is the creator and Lord of the universe, will come into you, and not only be your Lord, but He will be your friend as well.  Imagine the power of that friendship. 

All you have to do to establish this friendship in your life is: 

You do all of this by simply praying a simple prayer like the one that follows.  But when you pray, mean business with God, and you will be saved. 

Pray this: 

Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that I deserve to go to hell.  But I don’t want to go to hell.  So, I ask you to save me.  I open the door to my heart and ask you to come into my life and be my Lord and Savior.  Amen. 

If you have just prayed that prayer and meant it with God, then you have been saved.  You need to let somebody know!  Why?  God says, 

Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  

Why don’t you email me and let me know that you have just received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.  You can email me at: 

 whuyckjr@thischristianjourney.com  

I want to encourage you to call a Christian friend and let him or her know as well.  Also, you will be able to find other resources to help you as a new Christian on my web site at 

www.thischristianjourney.com  

It is very important that you get a Bible and read it everyday.  Make a commitment to God that you will read at least one chapter everyday, without exception.  Start in the book of John in the New Testament.  When you finish John go to Matthew and read through the entire New Testament.  Then just keep reading and re-reading the Bible.  Never stop! 

Also, you must find a good Bible believing Church and become a part of that fellowship.  Finding a good Church is not easy, but keep searching until you find one.  The Church is the body of Christ and Jesus, your Lord, commands you to be a part of His Church.  If you are in our area I would love for you to come and be a part of our Church.  

God bless you and congratulations. 

Pastor Walter D. Huyck Jr., D.Min., DRS.

 

 

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