This Is Jesus Series – Part 6
“Secures My Eternity”
We started this series with a simple question: Who do you say that Jesus is?
This is the same question Jesus asked His disciples, and it is the most important question you’ll ever be asked (Matt 16:15). If someone came up to you and asked what you believed about Jesus, what would you say?
No matter what you say about Jesus, He is still the most important, and most influential Person who’s ever lived. He turned the world upside down, more than any king or ruler. What we believe about Jesus may not necessarily determine the quality of our life now but it will absolutely determine our eternal destination.
The New Testament says Jesus is our Saviour (2 Tim 1:9-10). The name “Jesus” means ‘Saviour’ or ‘Salvation’. “Jesus” comes from the Hebrew word ‘Yeshua’, which means to rescue or deliver.
In the first century, the Jewish people were waiting for a Messiah to come. They were looking for a political leader to free them from the oppressive Roman Empire, but it didn’t happen as they expected. That was not why Jesus came. Jesus came to save all people from their sin.
Sin is when we say, “God, we’re going to go our own way”, and there is a consequence for that. We become lost, broken, and spiritually empty. Sin is what separates us from God. We are not perfect, so there’s nothing we can do to fix that separation. We need someone to bridge the gap.
That is why Jesus came.
Jesus saves us through His death on the cross, and resurrection. He took that separation from God that we deserved, and then overcame it. As Saviour, Jesus secures our eternity with God in Heaven. How does He do this?
Jesus secures our eternity, when:
1. We believe Jesus died on the cross for us.
Crucifixion was the most humiliating death possible. It was saved for rebels and slaves. Despite this, the cross became the ultimate end of God’s wonderful plan (1 Cor 1:18). The cross is the central event in all human history. On the cross, Jesus took upon Himself the consequences for our sins, so we don’t have to. We don’t have to remain separated from God; we can have a relationship with Him. That’s the power of the cross (Gal 3:13).
2. We turn from our sins and turn toward Jesus.
Salvation is not about being good enough, so God will accept us. Salvation comes when we recognize that we can’t save ourselves, and we need a saviour. We humbly admit that we can’t make our life work apart from God, and we turn from our sin, toward a new life in Jesus.
The Bible calls this repentance. Repentance is a change of heart.
In Luke 18:10-14, Jesus tells a story of two men praying in a temple. One is a Pharisee, the other is a tax collector. The Pharisee is grateful that he is not a sinner, and triumphant in his generosity. But the tax collector prays sorrowfully, begging God for mercy. Jesus then says, “I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Jesus says, “pay attention to this tax collector”. He says, “No, you don’t earn God’s acceptance by being good, because salvation isn’t based on what you do.”
Our salvation is already decided by what Jesus has done on the cross.
Salvation comes when our heart is broken by our rebellion against God, just like the tax collector’s heart is broken. This is what lead him to turn to God in repentance.
3. We receive Him as Saviour and Lord.
This is where our salvation becomes personal, where it becomes real. This is where we ask Jesus to save us from our sin and be the leader of our lives. We now have Jesus as our guide—He who made us and knows our purpose. “But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God” (Jn 1:12). When we believe in Jesus, and accept Him as Lord, we are then adopted into His family. He becomes our father, we become His children. He begins to direct our lives.
4. We trust Him for all eternity.
One of the benefits of salvation we enjoy in this life is security. Security is the gift that Jesus gives us, so we don’t have to worry, be afraid, or live our lives in a state of constant anxiety.
We don’t have to be afraid of death, because what’s waiting on the other side is Heaven.
We don’t have to worry about losing anything in this life, because so much more will be gained in Heaven.
We can be happy and secure no matter the circumstance, because we are in Jesus’ hands and nothing can separate us from the love of God (Jn 14:1-6).
Salvation comes only when we say yes to Jesus, follow Him, and trust Him with our eternity.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).
“There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on December 23, 2018 at New Life Christian Church