How to Know Jesus

The Gospel

Gospel means Good News. And in a world of sin and suffering, we each desperately need God’s Good News. But before we can understand the Gospel, we must understand the bad news.

In the beginning, God created everything very good. (1) The Lord placed man in a garden paradise. (2) However man was given a free will and a choice. (3) Though mankind lived in a perfect environment, he chose to rebel against His Creator. (4) As God warned Adam, sin resulted in suffering and death. The curse described in Genesis affected all creation, and today we see the horrible results. (5a, 5b)

Scripture also explains that, like Adam, we have all "sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (6) To see if this applies to you, please review God’s Ten Commandments. (7) Have you ever told a lie? One lie makes us a liar in God’s eyes. Jesus explained that lust was equivalent to adultery. (8) Have you ever had lustful thoughts? Scripture explains, “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer.” (9) Have you ever despised another person? The Lord even warned: “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.” (10) Have you ever gossiped or spoken foolishly?

Whether our sin is envy, greed, pride (which was Lucifer’s sin), (11a, 11b) or using God’s name lightly – we must admit that we are all guilty of sinning against our Creator. The Bible explains that the penalty for any sin is death – both physical death and spiritual death – which is eternal separation from God. (12a, 12b) The final destiny for those who spurn their Creator is the lake of fire, which is the second death: “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (13)

However, there is Good News! Before time began, God had a plan to rescue mankind. (14) Because the penalty for sin is death, the Creator came to earth as a man, (15) lived a sinless life, (16a, 16b), and died to pay the penalty for our sins. (17a, 17b, 17c) He then rose from the dead – defeating death – and offers forgiveness and eternal life to all who will trust Him. (18a, 18b, 18c)

Scripture states that God is love. (19) And He demonstrated His own love toward us by stepping down from heaven to offer His life so that we might be reconciled to Him forever! (20) Jesus Christ is the Creator. (21a, 21b, 21c) On the cross He bore our sins and then rose for our justification. (22a, 22b) The Lord now offers everlasting life to all who will repent from their sins and trust in Him personally. (23)

By placing your faith in Jesus Christ you can enter into a relationship with the Creator of the universe that will last forever! This is His free gift and His desire for you. (24)

God our Savior “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (25) But remember, because God is completely just and holy, (26a, 26b) every sin will meet with a just punishment. (27a, 27b) Therefore, only Jesus – who alone is perfect and righteous, who alone died for our sins, who alone rose from the dead – can save you. (28a, 28b, 28c) If you neglect God’s great salvation, the consequences are eternal. Scripture warns “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (29) God will pour out His “indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil.” (30)

Therefore, “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” (31) Instead, “Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (32) If you do, you will live in Heaven with our awesome Creator forever!*

*As referenced on the Eternal Productions website

Prayer of Salvation

If you aren’t sure how to pray to Jesus here is an example from the late international preacher, Reverend Billy Graham. It explains how to pray for forgiveness and to accept Jesus and make Him Lord and Savior...

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior.

Remember that Jesus is your ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1). You can always talk to Him and cry out to Him because He constantly listens to you. He loves you! He wants you to come to Him and seek Him so that you can receive your strength from Him. 

Next Steps

  • Receive a Free Bible from TFH: If you would like a Bible, we would be happy to give one to you! Please come to one of our outreach locations so we can provide you with your very own Bible. You can also read the Bible in various Bible translations using the Blue Letter Bible website: Blue Letter Bible
  • Visit a Local Church: If you would like more information about how to get involved with a local church please click the following link or the button below: Local Churches in the Finger Lakes Region
  • Contact Us: If you found salvation in Jesus today, we want to celebrate with you! Please contact us at contact@thefathersheartroc.org

Psalm 103:12, NKJV

"As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us."