Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? To properly understand  this question, you must first understand the terms “Jesus Christ,” “personal,”  and “Savior.”

Who is Jesus Christ? Many people will  acknowledge Jesus Christ as a good man, a great teacher, or even a prophet of  God. These things are definitely true of Jesus, but they do not fully define who  He truly is. The Bible tells us that Jesus is God in the flesh, God in human  form (see John 1:1, 14). God came to earth to  teach us, heal us, correct us, forgive us—and die for us! Jesus Christ is God,  the Creator, the sovereign Lord. Have you accepted this  Jesus?

What is a Savior, and why do we need a Savior? The Bible tells us that we have all sinned; we have all committed evil acts (Romans 3:10-18). As a  result of our sin, we deserve God’s anger and judgment. The only just punishment  for sins committed against an infinite and eternal God is an infinite punishment  (Romans 6:23; Revelation  20:11-15). That is why we need a Savior!

Jesus Christ came to earth  and died in our place. Jesus’ death was an infinite payment for our sins (2  Corinthians 5:21). Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins (Romans 5:8). Jesus paid the price so that we would not  have to. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead proved that His death was sufficient  to pay the penalty for our sins. That is why Jesus is the one and only Savior  (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)! Are you trusting in Jesus as your  Savior?

Is Jesus your “personal” Savior? Many people  view Christianity as attending church, performing rituals, and/or not committing  certain sins. That is not Christianity. True Christianity is a personal  relationship with Jesus Christ. Accepting Jesus as your personal Savior means  placing your own personal faith and trust in Him. No one is saved by the faith  of others. No one is forgiven by doing certain deeds. The only way to be saved  is to personally accept Jesus as your Savior, trusting in His death as the  payment for your sins and His resurrection as your guarantee of eternal life (John 3:16). Is Jesus  personally your Savior?

***If you want to accept Jesus Christ as your  personal Savior, say the following words to God. Remember, saying this prayer or  any other prayer will not save you. Only believing in Jesus Christ and His  finished work on the cross for you can save you from sin. This prayer is simply  a way to express to God your faith in Him and thank Him for providing for your  salvation. “God, I know that I have sinned against You and deserve punishment.  But I believe Jesus Christ took the punishment I deserve so that through faith  in Him I could be forgiven. I receive Your offer of forgiveness and place my  trust in You for salvation. I accept Jesus as my personal Savior! Thank You for  Your wonderful grace and forgiveness—the gift of eternal life! Amen!”