Yay for friday!! Today is actually a very special Friday, because as I’m sure most of y’all know, today is Good Friday. This Sunday is Easter, which for Christians is probably the most important holiday. It celebrates that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and is still living today. Good Friday is celebrated because this is supposed to be the day that Jesus was crucified and died for our sins. Because Jesus died for us, we have the opportunity to spend eternity in Heaven with our Lord and Creator. How amazing!
I really wanted to take today to talk about what exactly I believe as a Christian. First, I believe that “God created the Heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). I believe that God created absolutely everything on this earth, including all people. God is the Almighty Creator, and this shows how mighty and awesome He is.
I believe that all of us are sinners, and God loves us so much that he sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die for us and be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. (John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”)
I believe that Jesus is the one and only way to Heaven. (John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”) In the Old Testament people had to make sacrifices to God for their sins, but we don’t have to do that anymore because Jesus suffered the ultimate death for us. His blood covered all of our sins! How awesome is that to think about? Jesus, who had absolutely NO SIN, died for us, a bunch of lost sinners. He was absolutely perfect, but he humbled himself and died the worst death possible. If there was any other possible way for us to get to Heaven then Jesus wouldn’t have had to die such a horrible death. So the only way for us, as sinners to receive the Holy Spirit and get to spend eternity in Heaven with God is to give our entire lives over to Jesus and let Him take control. (Romans 10:9 “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”).
This is seriously the only way for us to get saved. It doesn’t matter how good of a person you are, how many times you go to church, how many times you pray a day, or even how much money you donate to good causes. If you have not confessed that Jesus is Lord and given your life over to Him, you are not saved. And only the saved will get into Heaven. Now you might be saying, “Wow, Becky, you sure are being harsh”. I am not trying to be harsh; I am just being honest. Jesus did not come to Earth and tell people exactly what they wanted to hear to make them feel good; he told them the Truth. After all, He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”).
I believe that if you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”)
Jesus does not promise that following Him will be easy (Matthew 16:24 “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me’.”). We are called to give up the things of this world and follow Jesus. Because this is not easy, not many people will want to give their entire life to God and give Him control (Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”). Even though not many people will follow God, we need to try to remember that this world is only temporary, so things of this world are not worth living for. God is eternity, so we need to live our lives for Him! Instead of trying to build up treasures on earth that will not last, we need to build up treasures in Heaven that will never be destroyed! (Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”)
We serve such a mighty, awesome God, and it is still mind blowing to me that He loves us so much, He was willing to die for us!! I sin so much every single day, yet God still loves me so much! I know I can’t even comprehend His love for me and everyone else! I can’t comprehend the concept of eternity or what Heaven will be like one day. I just know it will be really, really, really AMAZING, MAGNIFICENT, AND AWESOME!!
I wanted to share this today because like I said, Easter is probably the most important holiday for Christians, and Good Friday is so special. I wanted to make sure everyone knows exactly what I believe and what my faith means to me. I made sure I included a lot of Scripture to back me up because I do not want anyone to take me for just my word, but I want people to go to Scripture for the Truth. I also do not want readers to think I am making any of this up.
Now, I want to make sure everyone knows that I AM NOT PERFECT! I sin every single day, and I struggle with some of the same sins every day. Like Paul said, “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.” 1 Timothy 1:15. No person is better than anyone else. We all struggle with different things, and we should encourage one another and help each other overcome our struggles. (Hebrews 3:13 “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”) Who are we to judge since we are all sinners? (Luke 6:42 “How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”)
If you have any questions or comments about anything I have just wrote about I would love to hear from you!
Ryan and I are spending the weekend with his parents for Easter. I can’t wait to officially be a Billups! I am truly blessed to be marrying into such a great family and to be getting such great in-laws! I know this weekend will be a blast!
What are you Easter plans?
Do you have any fun Easter traditions?