Can you imagine being on the cross next to Jesus and looking into His dying eyes filled with love? My Lent devotional shared how everyone scorned and rebuked Jesus while He was on the cross, but one man realized the love and power of Jesus while he was dying a painful, criminal’s death.
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Luke 23:42
This criminal went beyond request to defending Jesus–“This man has done nothing wrong.” After lingering on this man’s faith in dire circumstances, Jesus brought a visual to me–“His dying eyes filled with love”. This image in my mind brought such comfort, conviction, and powerful love. It was cleansing and reassuring. Close your eyes. Imagine yourself at the cross. Look up and gaze deep into His eyes of His love filled with grace and joy.
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
His eyes are filled with unbelievable joy for you. Maybe that’s what the criminal saw that was so different. Joy in the midst of sorrow and pain, and for the first time, this man felt no shame. He knew in just hours he would be with Jesus in paradise.
Today, in the midst of everything you have going on, gaze on the beauty of our Lord, Jesus, and truly embrace the knowledge of paradise with Him.
If you have never looked into the Savior’s eyes and desire to know Him and His love, reach out to His calling.
Question: “What is the sinner’s prayer?”
Answer:The sinner’s prayer is a prayer a person prays to God when they understand that they are a sinner and in need of a Savior. Saying a sinner’s prayer will not accomplish anything on its own. A true sinner’s prayer only represents what a person knows, understands, and believes about their sinfulness and need for salvation.
The first aspect of a sinner’s prayer is understanding that we are all sinners.Romans 3:10proclaims, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” The Bible makes it clear that we have all sinned. We are all sinners in need of mercy and forgiveness from God (Titus 3:5-7). Because of our sin, we deserve eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46). The sinner’s prayer is a plea for grace instead of judgment. It is a request for mercy instead of wrath.
The second aspect of a sinner’s prayer is knowing what God has done to remedy our lost and sinful condition. God took on flesh and became a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ (John 1:1,14). Jesus taught us the truth about God and lived a perfectly righteous and sinless life (John 8:46;2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus then died on the cross in our place, taking the punishment that we deserve (Romans 5:8). Jesus rose from the dead to prove His victory over sin, death, and hell (Colossians 2:15; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). Because of all of this, we can have our sins forgiven and be promised an eternal home in Heaven – if we will just place our faith in Jesus Christ. All we have to do is believe that He died in our place and rose from the dead (Romans 10:9-10). We can be saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.Ephesians 2:8declares, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
Saying the sinner’s prayer is simply a way of declaring to God that you are relying on Jesus Christ as your Savior. There are no “magical” words that result in salvation. It is only faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection that can save us. If you understand that you are a sinner and in need of salvation through Jesus Christ, here is a sinner’s prayer you can pray to God: “God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”
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