Are you searching for salvation in Jesus? Then I’d like to invite you to walk the Romans Road with me today.
Sin is simply a word that means an offense against a divine law. Whether we’ve murdered someone or told a little white lie, we’ve all done wrong. It’s hard to argue this point. “Nobody’s perfect,” we say, even when we feel we’re decent people who try to do what’s right.
The Bible tells us that God created the universe, including our natural world and humanity (Genesis 1-2). Everything was perfect until sin entered the picture when Adam and Eve rebelled against God in Genesis chapter three.
We can blame Eve all we want, but it doesn’t change anything. Evil is here. It’s present in each one of us. When Jesus walked this earth, some of the religious leaders of the day caught a woman sinning and dragged her to Jesus for sentencing. What she’d done was punishable by death in their culture, but Jesus quietly asked the one who had never sinned to be the first to throw a stone at her. The religious leaders drifted away. They couldn’t do it. Even those who’d done everything right in the eyes of the law knew they’d sinned in the eyes of God. (John 8:3-11)
It gets worse before it gets better.
God expects restitution for the wrong we’ve done by disobeying Him, and that’s death. Separation from Him forever.
That verse goes on to say, “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Now that’s a big change, isn’t it? From eternal death in hell — a real place, by the way, not just an unpleasant word — to eternal life in heaven — also a real place in the presence of our Creator.
How can this gift of God be given? What does Jesus have to do with it?
This is the heart of the Bible. The first two-thirds or so gives us the history of the planet and the Jewish people. How God created the earth, a bunch of stories about early people, some of whom tried to follow God. How He called Abraham into relationship with Him and promised to make a great nation from his descendants. How He built this nation and gave them the Ten Commandments and other laws, then gave them a homeland. How this nation turned their back on their God, even while some of their kings and prophets tried to caution them about the consequences of their actions.
But at that point in history, God came to this earth in human flesh. We celebrate Jesus’ birth at Christmas time. His purpose for coming was to meet that penalty once and for all.
Jesus was — is — God Himself. He lived on earth for about thirty-three years and did no wrong. Then He was killed. See how that fulfills the letter of the law? The punishment — death — has been paid for all of us through God’s sacrifice.
Then we have a few verses from Romans chapter ten to wrap things up. To explain how we go from the death of Jesus, the fulfillment of the punishment, to a personal change. The next verse goes on to say, “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess and are saved.” We sometimes call this being born again, as Jesus talked about it in John chapter 3, because it’s such a life-changing new beginning.
Romans 10 carries on in verse 13: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” There’s nothing fancy to this. It’s not a convoluted weird race where only a few can find their way to the finish line. It’s so simple a child can believe… and so deep an adult can.
Questions? Feel free to message me through my contact page and ask. Jesus came so you might have eternal life. Don’t let this opportunity go by without understanding your purpose for living and His purpose for coming.
The Romans Road is one of many ways Christians can use to share the simple truth of the gospel with those who are interested. Sometimes we jump all over the place or miss a step to clearly present the good news… that’s what gospel means. Learning a concise, logical way to share will help. Make a note in your Bible with the reference of the second “road sign” beside the first, the third one beside the second, all the way through. Then you only need to remember the reference of the first one.
Or save this page on your smart phone, so you can access it from anywhere, anytime.
Would you or your friends like to read a romance in which one character finds his way to salvation in Jesus by following the Romans Road? The spiritual journey is only part of the story, so it’s a nonthreatening way to find out what being saved is all about.
As her friends pair off, Kassidy North thinks happily-ever-after has passed her by, but she’s too busy running a busy bistro and once-a-month cooking club to be bothered by it. Much. Until a single dad moves into the neighborhood and threatens to invade her dreams and well-ordered life.
Metal sculptor Wesley Ferguson is a cynic when it comes to romance, but something in Kass makes him want to believe again. He’s not so sure he agrees when she insists forever love begins with God. What has God ever done for him?
Unable to avoid one another in the close-knit community of Bridgeview, Kass and Wesley develop the beginnings of a friendship. But when relationships break around them, can they see God as the glue capable of holding broken pieces together… forever?
This article and images are (c) copyright Valerie Comer 2018