August 6, 2013
How my life was changed through Jesus Christ
Jesus is the central figure in Christianity. His life and ministry are chronicled in the four gospels in the New Testament. Jesus performed many miracles of healing and deliverance. He called 12 men to follow him and worked closely with them to train and prepare them to carry on the ministry. Jesus Christ was crucified but three days later he resurrected, appeared to his disciples in a span of 40 days. During those 40 days, he appeared to various groups of disciples, proving beyond doubt that he had been raised from the dead by the power of God. The apostle Paul later wrote that Jesus “appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of who are still living” (1 Corinthians 15:6). (NIV) After the 40 days Jesus Christ ascended to heaven. Man was separated from God because of sin, but we were reconciled back to God through Jesus Christ sacrifice.
The ministry of Jesus began with his baptism. The gospel of Luke 3:23 states that Jesus was about 30 years of age at the start of his ministry (NIV). As I learned of this in the book of Luke, it took me back to the day I was baptized. I was 16 years old and I knew that it was a very important step in my life. I would openly show that I believed in Jesus as my Lord and Savior. As I went underwater I was burying my old life, my old self without God, and as I rose from the water, it was a sign of my new life with God. I believe Jesus set the example for us to get baptized because he himself got baptized. Mark 16:16 states “Anyone who believes me is baptized and will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe me will be condemned”. (NIV) I knew that I would no longer live my life the same way. As I learned of Jesus last days in the New Testament and when I think of what he did for me at the cross it makes me sad because he suffered so much. Jesus being able to call upon angels to save him, he didn’t, instead he gave his life for us because he loved us. His sacrifice made salvation possible for us. How can I not give my life to him after all he went through? So at 14 years of age at a youth rally at the Old Greyhound Stadium in San Benito, Texas I gave my heart to Jesus. I still remember the day very clearly, I remember hearing the pastor saying out loud that if anyone out in the stadium wanted to experience the love of God and have their name written in the book of life to step down on the field. I remember crying, although at the time, I didn’t know why, now along the years as a believer in Christ I know it was the Holy Spirit preparing me for what was going to happen. As I stood in the bleacher I struggled to go down to the field. Mentally and in my heart I wanted to rush down, but something would stop me. I kept thinking I shouldn’t go down because why would God want me? I was embarrassed and I just had so many feelings running through me. The pastor made one last call and I could no longer contain myself. I ran down the bleachers and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I experienced a moment of peace and I felt a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I felt very happy. In Luke 9:23-24, Jesus States “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily” and follow me”. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will receive it”. (NIV) After receiving Jesus as my Lord and Savior my life changed. My way of living, talking and even my friendships started to change. My life at home was a very different one as well because my parents had also come to know Jesus. I loved the change in my parents; it’s as if God had given me a new set. Living my life according to the word of God was difficult in the beginning. I was a new believer and I had many questions, but along with questions I also had setbacks. Being that I was a teenager and serving the Lord in a world that is full of...
Cited: New International Version Bible
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