Some of you are already answering, “Yes, it would cost me some of my friends if I became a Christian. I would have to stop going to some of the places of amusement that I frequent. There are habits that I would have to change.” You might name these and other things that you consider as costs, but let’s look at the other side of the picture. What did it cost the Lord Jesus Christ?
It was for you and for me that He was condemned to die in Pilate’s hall. It was for you and for me that He endured the Roman scourge and the crown of thorns. It was for you and me that He carried that cross to the place of death. It was for you and me that He was nailed on a cross. It was also for you and me that His blood flowed from His body that our sins might be cleansed.
Ask the question again, and I’ll tell you what it cost for you to be saved! It cost the Lord Jesus Christ His life: “Who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree… by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).
Are you willing to accept Him as your personal Lord and Saviour? The price has already been paid for your salvation. Yes, if you are going to live to please Him you may have to give up a few petty worldly pleasures. Those who were once your friends may no longer want your company. But the scoffers will never place a crown of thorns on your head. They will never scourge your back. They will never crucify you on a cross. They will never spit on your face.
Will you accept the Lord Jesus as your personal Saviour today? God is willing to save you now, if you will repent of your sin.“Repent… and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19). Salvation is free. Good works, prayers, or religious ceremonies cannot buy it. “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
What must I do to receive this gift? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). “As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the children of God” (John 1:12).
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