Some of you are already answering, â€œYes, it would cost me some of myÂ friends if I became a Christian. I would have to stop going to someÂ of the places of amusement that I frequent. There are habits that I wouldÂ have to change.â€ You might name these and other things that you considerÂ as costs, but letâ€™s look at the other side of the picture. What did it cost theÂ Lord Jesus Christ?
It was for you and for me that He was condemned to die in Pilateâ€™s hall.Â It was for you and for me that He endured the Roman scourge and theÂ crown of thorns. It was for you and me that He carried that cross to theÂ place of death. It was for you and me that He was nailed on a cross. It wasÂ also for you and me that His blood flowed from His body that our sinsÂ might be cleansed.
Ask the question again, and Iâ€™ll tell you what it cost for you to be saved!Â It cost the Lord Jesus Christ His life: â€œWho His own self bore our sins in HisÂ own body on the treeâ€¦by whose stripes ye were healedâ€ (1 Peter 2:24).
Are you willing to accept Him as your personal Lord and Saviour? TheÂ price has already been paid for your salvation. Yes, if you are going toÂ live to please Him you may have to give up a few petty worldly pleasures.Â Those who were once your friendsÂ may no longer want your company.Â But the scoffers will never place aÂ crown of thorns on your head. TheyÂ will never scourge your back. TheyÂ will never crucify you on a cross.Â They will never spit on your face.
Will you accept the Lord Jesus as your personal Saviour today? GodÂ is willing to save you now, if you will repent of your sin. â€œRepentâ€¦and beÂ converted, that your sins may be blotted outâ€ (Acts 3:19). Salvation is free.Â Good works, prayers, or religious ceremonies cannot buy it. â€œThe wagesÂ of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lordâ€Â (Romans 6:23).
What must I do to receive this gift? â€œBelieve on the Lord Jesus Christ, andÂ thou shalt be savedâ€ (Acts 16:31). â€œAs many as received Him, to them gave HeÂ power to become the children of Godâ€ (John 1:12).
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