Jesus came to earth as God in the flesh to take care of our two main problems. By His death on the cross, He paid our price for our sin, taking care of our SIN problem! When He came out of the tomb alive on the third day, He had victory over death and the grave, taking care of our GRAVE problem! And you learned that in order to get in on the GOSPEL, one must be willing to be immersed into His death! Into the water! Into the death! Into the blood!
But before you make take that final step, you should realize the cost. Salvation is free – that is Jesus paid the price for us! But when we make a decision to become a Christian, one will often be persecuted for the faith. Jesus told His disciples that it should not surprise them. Read what Jesus said as recorded in John 15:20:
Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
If they persecuted Jesus, they will persecute you when you follow the Gospel! Jesus went on to teach about how intense this persecution can be, even coming from within one’s own family. But as Jesus taught, one needs to be willing to consider the cost. Read Luke 14:26-28:
If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?
To count the cost takes commitment. Read the words of the apostle Peter in II Peter 2:20-21:
For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them.
Once a person obeys the Gospel, we need to overcome the temptations that may come our way. This takes great commitment.
If you are ready to take the next step, read the following passage out loud! And then let God know your answer! Acts 22:16:
Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.
If you are ready to be baptized (immersed), find someone who will take you to the river, creek, lake, pool, or somewhere where there is much water, and have them immerse you into Christ for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Please do not delay – it is a matter of LIFE and DEATH! Eternity is on the line! If you have a church of Christ or Christian church near you, go ask one of their members to immerse!
We at Restoration Plea Ministries and We Care Ministries pray that you will obey the GOSPEL and be buried into Jesus’ death! God bless, and may He receive ALL the glory!
If you have obeyed the Gospel, we would love to hear from you! Or if you have any questions, we can help you find answers from the Scriptures.
“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.
Copyright by The Lockman Foundation”