Obamacare. Some people celebrate it. Some people hate it. Its official name is the Affordable Care Act. And, this week, it was once again the subject of much debate.
The goal of the Affordable Care Act is to make sure essential health benefits are extended to all Americans. Its major provisions are scheduled to roll out in January 2014. A health insurance market place has already been created in which citizens “shop” for the health insurance plan that is right for them. There are four levels to choose from: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. Those who don’t have insurance by January 1 will be charged $95 or 1% of their income.
No matter how much insurance one has, nothing can ensure that you will never get sick. Not even daily exercise and eating right can prevent you from falling ill. And, if you do get sick, the Affordable Care Act — at the platinum level — will only pay up to 90% of your hospital bill. Even though health insurance reform was passed with good intentions — to make sure everyone has access to affordable healthcare — it is not a perfect plan. Some politicians even feel it is an extraordinarily bad idea and are working to have it repealed so that it will not take effect on January 1, 2014.
I want to tell you about something that you can be insured against — death. No, I am not just talking about having the money to pay for funeral costs. I am talking about overcoming death all together. In fact, you can know what will happen after you die with far more certainty than you can know what will happen if and when you get sick.
It’s not insurance I’m talking about. It’s assurance. The word “assurance” means “confidence or certainty.” A word of assurance is a promise.
Jesus Christ gave us words of assurance in John 8:51. He said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.” He also said in John 11:25-26: “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”
Do you believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin, the punishment of sin, and death? Do you have the assurance that comes with knowing what will happen to you after you die? Would you like to spend eternity in a place where there is never any sickness or disease? Where you will not have to worry about health insurance and paying medical fees? Where God will wipe away all tears from your eyes? Would you like to have the assurance that you will enjoy eternal peace in Heaven with God? If so, there are a few steps you must take.
First, recognize that your sins have separated you from God. Even though Adam and Eve were the first to sin, we must each take responsibility for our own actions. In honest repentance agree with God about your sinfulness and admit your need for forgiveness. First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Second, realize that God loves you, and believe that the sinless Jesus Christ died for your sins–taking the punishment you deserve. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the only thing that makes it possible for God to forgive us of our sins and allow us to live in the New Heaven and the New Earth.
Third, accept Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and sin’s consequences by believing that he died, was buried, and rose again, and receiving Him into your life by faith. Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
There is no doubt or uncertainty in these verses. They state clearly that if you turn from your sins and believe in Jesus Christ, you “shall” be, or will be, saved.
If you accept Jesus Christ into your heart, you will begin a relationship with God that will last for eternity. You will be able to get on the straight and narrow road that will lead you to greater intimacy with God, and eventually to your eternal home in the New Heaven and the New Earth. If you want to begin this relationship right now, you can pray a short prayer right now to let God know that you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour so that you can spend eternity with him. Please repeat after me and mean it from your heart.
Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!