This past week, the world saw an example of incredible sacrifice.
Fourteen-year-old Aitzaz Bangash was on his way to school in northwestern Pakistan when he and his classmates spotted a man hiding a bomb underneath a school uniform. When the man asked directions to the school, Aitzaz (A-zaz) knew for sure that he meant to bring death and destruction to him and his classmates.
While the other students backed away from the suicide bomber, Aitzaz followed him and challenged him. When the man didn’t stop his approach to the school, Ait-zaz tackled the man at the school gate. There at the gate, the suicide bomber’s bomb went off. He was killed. Ait-zaz was also killed.
Ait-zaz’s brave actions — and his death — prevented the deaths of dozens of students that day.
Ait-zaz’s actions are a modern-day picture of the sacrifice that Jesus Christ paid for all men so that they would not have to die and go to hell.The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to be the Savior of the world. Jesus came to save us from the consequences of sin,which is Hell. In His work as a Savior, Jesus Christ, took our place offering His own life as a sacrifice.
Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth (or showed) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” In John 15:13, Jesus Christ said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Dozens of children were able to live another day because of Ait-zaz’s sacrifice.
Jesus Christ laid down His life so that you and I can live forever in Heaven with God But, we cannot gain this eternal life unless we make a decision to accept this gift of salvation. Allow me to show you how you can accept the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
First, recognize that your sins have separated you from God. Our sins are the bad or wrong things that we do. In honest repentance, agree with God about your sinfulness and admit your need for forgiveness. 1 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 his perfect Son, Jesus Christ, died for our sins — taking the punishment that we 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.” Because of Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, we do not have to go to Hell. We can be saved from that terrible place.
Third, accept Jesus Christ’s invitation to receive salvation by trusting him by faith to be your Savior. 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.”
If you want to open your heart and life to Jesus Christ and allow Him to bring peace between you and God, you can pray a short prayer to let God know about your decision. 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. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. 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. I want to trust Jesus as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. 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!