Salvation is free

Salvation, salvation, salvation is free
—The Cranberries

It really is.

You don’t have to pay indulgences to a church and you don’t have to send “seed money” to some televangelist.

You don’t have to work your way to Heaven. In fact, you can’t. You don’t have to be a perfect person. No one is.

If people had any idea how simple this is, the world would be an incredibly different place. But we’ve been conned into thinking that Jesus, God, religion, spirituality, et al, are complex and convoluted topics. The most complex theology out there really just boils down to this: Jesus, the Son of God, became a human so that He could die for us. We don’t have to go to hell but get to spend eternity with him in Heaven.

Salvation is a gift.

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Imagine if you unwrapped a present from your spouse or your parent, and they immediately asked, “Now, what are you going to do for me?” That wouldn’t be a gift, would it? It would be a transaction.

Jesus isn’t a banker or a retailer. He’s a giver of gifts. And the biggest, most significant one of all is that He provided us a way to live with Him forever.

Because we’re sinners, and sinners deserve death, God saw fit to offer His own Son to take the punishment. Jesus suffered the most brutal kind of Roman torture and execution methods. He allowed them to do this to him for our benefit.

You don’t have to work your butt off to change yourself. If you’re serious about a relationship with God, He’ll do the changing.

All you have to do is accept the gift. Acknowledge that you’re a sinner, and ask Him to forgive you. If you’re still unsure about prayer, ask him to reveal Himself to you.

You will not regret it. If you have any questions, please contact me. I’ll do my best to answer any questions you may have.

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.

John 3:16-18 (MSG)