How and Why to Get Saved
The Hebrew Bible tells us that God is Holy. When we get a glimpse into heaven we see that the angels make this statement with great conviction….
“And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”” (Isaiah 6:3)
And when the Hebrew prophet Isaiah also saw this glimpse into heaven – he cried out:
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” (Isaiah 6.5)
So basically, if one of the holiest people in all of Israel’s history said he was not very holy when he actually saw heaven – what can you or I say?
King David says the same thing….
“And do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no man living is righteous.” (Psalm 143:2)
So does King Solomon…
“When they sin against You (for there is no man who does not sin)…” (1 Kings 8.46)
I think you get the idea. If you think you have no sins before God – then you are in for a rude awakening.
“Ok, so I have sinned – what’s the big deal? God just forgives, right?”
Not exactly. There is a way that God forgives – and that is by an innocent victim dying for the guilty party. God gives us life. When we sin, He has the right to remove that life from us whenever He wills.
Unless there is a substitute who can pay for us. God allows substitutes. That was the whole purpose of the Temple in Jerusalem. It was filled with sacrifices and one of those sacrifices was called a ‘sin offering.’
An innocent animal dies for the guilty party.
In Leviticus 17, the Lord commands against consuming blood because it was only to be used for one purpose,
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life” (Leviticus 17:11).
Blood represented life. It is the way God atones for sin. Without blood, a creature or person obviously could not live. Because of this, God chose to use a blood sacrifice as part of the sacrificial system of the Jewish people. Each time blood was shed, it reminded the people of life and death. The blood was their atonement.
This is found all throughout the pages of the Hebrew Bible.
The Jewish prophet Isaiah told Israel about One who would be human, and come to take their sins upon His back. Biblical prophets see things in the future and this was written over 700 years before Yeshua (Jesus’ Hebrew name.)
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:5+6)
Let me summarize those verses. Someone who Isaiah saw in the future would be punished for our sins. This is the reason why Messiah came. To fulfill the role of the innocent sufferer – a substitute – like a lamb.
Without this Messiah carrying your sins, then you have to carry them before God one day. It is really that simple.
Carrying your sins into God’s presence after death is a scary thing. Do you remember what Isaiah said at the top of this page? God is Holy and sins must be punished. After all, what human judge would let his family go free for any crime and yet convict the rest of the world for their crimes. The media would be in an uproar. “Judge lets his family members off the hook!”
God’s judgment is ‘guilty’ no matter who you are – Jew or Gentile. And the wages of sin….? Death. But the gift of God….? Everlasting Life. How? By a substitute dying in your place.
Either the Messiah carries your sins, or you do. He died for them 2,000 years ago just outside of Jerusalem as a substitute payment, but was raised from the dead three days later just as the Hebrew Bible foresaw.
“After he has suffered, he will see the light of life.” (Isaiah 53.11)
Meaning – Messiah is still alive! His presence can be known today – personally.
God did punish your sins and mine. He put them all upon the back of the Messiah and beat Him to a bloody pulp with His suffering and death as substitute payment – If you wish to accept this truth, it can be applied to your souls’ account.
So what to do now?
If you wish the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) to enter into your life and remove your sins then read this prayer and if you agree, then pray it out loud to God.
“God of Israel. I am guilty of sinning before You. I am sorry for my sins and with your help I will turn from them. Jesus (Yeshua) You are the Messiah of Israel and you are alive. I ask Your presence to enter into my heart and remove all my sins. Thank you God for Your salvation. Amen.”
If you meant it from your heart – you are now “saved” from your sins. Hallelujah. There is no greater joy in life.
If you did pray that prayer, let us recommend a few things…
- Read a portion of the Bible every day. Just like you need to eat every day, so also your soul needs to hear God’s Word – the Bible – every day. Even a few verses is good.
- Try to find other believers to be with. A congregation of some sort is very important.
- Pray. Prayer is simply talking to God. Pray (talk) to Him every day. Ask Him for even the simple things in life that you need. He will delight to answer your prayer.
- If you wish – contact us using the form below and let us know you accepted the Messiah. You can do this anonymously if you wish. We will never share your email address with anyone.