Receiving salvation is as easy as putting the last piece of a jigsaw puzzle into place.
Jesus did everything else. Jesus came to earth as a man. Jesus died on the cross as the world’s sacrifice. Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus defeated death. Jesus’ sacrifice provides salvation to everyone who believes. Essentially, Jesus put together 999 pieces of the 1,000pc. puzzle to your salvation. It’s up to you to complete the puzzle; to put in that final piece. To do so, simply believe Jesus died for you and your sins. The apostle Paul tells us in the book of Romans, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Jesus came to save the world from their sins. But each and every person must make the decision to either accept Him, or reject Him. Nobody “earns” salvation. If we could earn salvation, Jesus’ sacrifice would mean nothing. Salvation isn’t about good works – it’s about accepting what Jesus did for you. It’s about acknowledging HIS sacrifice – what HE did for the world. Jesus did everything He could for our salvation without impeding on our free will. It is up to us to make the decision to accept Him. He did everything else. He completed every part of the puzzle of salvation in each of our lives, except for one piece. Each of us holds that final piece, and must make the decision to either accept Him, complete the puzzle, and receive salvation, or reject Him, withhold that final puzzle piece, and ignore God’s offer of salvation.
God didn’t make salvation difficult to receive. In fact, receiving salvation is as simple as it gets – salvation is a gift from God. The only thing you have to do when someone gives you a gift is accept it. Accept what Jesus did for you, and you will be saved.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)
Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (NIV)
Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (NIV)