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Do I Need Jesus?
When God created the first family, He created them perfectly. They were perfect in health, mind, and in their hearts. But when Satan ruined the first family of God, he started the ball rolling for the fall of our human race. We were not meant to die. We were not meant to be diseased, gaunt, fat, with defects, etc. Generations later, our human bodies have deteriorated and our mental capacity corrupted, so that our innermost thoughts are of me, me, me.
We were meant to be loving, compassionate, caring for one another; at one with God. But our selfishness distorts the true meaning of love. And unfortunately, some of us find love with the wrong person, in the wrong place.
We try to be the best human being we can be. We obey the law, love our family and friends, respect our colleagues, and work hard. We live by rules that are taught to us by society and family. But there is in all of us, a lack—selfishness so profound that we are unable to truly see God.
If we were to see God today, our sense of guilt and selfishness would make us run from Him and deny His very presence in front of us. (As Adam and Eve did in Genesis 3:8) This is what sin does. Sin separates us from knowing God and seeing Him. That’s where Jesus comes in—Jesus promises to help us overcome this fear (our baseless fear, not that God does anything to be afraid of). "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" (Matthew 7:11) Is there any need to be afraid of someone who gives us good things?
See Jesus, See God
Jesus refers to God as his Father (For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. Matthew 12:50), but he also calls God, “your father.” Jesus saith unto him, "Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?" (John 14:9)
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: (Deuteronomy 6:4) Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit are united and one-minded—they are One.
Get to know Jesus
Jesus’ life, as well as His death, reveals who God is. We need to understand, examine and know Jesus, and we will know God. And when we know Jesus and believe His promises, what do we have to be afraid of? "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1 "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14 The words of the Bible is the biography of Jesus—the Old and the New Testaments. Read the Bible and get to know this Jesus.
You can find free Bibles online or download an app. You can go to your local bookstore and find a variety of bibles in different versions. King James Version is the most recognized and translated word-for-word, but its Old English style can sometimes be hard to understand. NIV is a contemporary translation that is partly word-for-word, as well as paraphrased. If possible, try to get a bible with concordances, which are a list of significant words in the back of the Bible.
Read the gospel book of Mark, then John, Matthew and Luke. Get familiar with Jesus’ life. You can also read The Desire of Ages by Ellen G. White (available online at adventistbookcenter.com, amazon, bn.com), to get a deeper understanding of what the Bible says.
As you get to learn who Jesus is, you will understand why you need Him. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6
Continue Study: What Does It Mean to Repent?
- What Does It Mean To Repent?
To repent is to turn away from, turn your back to a particular sin. What does it mean to turn away from something? This isn’t about actions and behavior; it’s about your character.