The author of Hebrews makes
it clear in chapters 9 and 10 that Christ's self-sacrifice, willfully
accepting the suffering of crucifixion and earthly death on the
cross, is so great that it provides salvation "once for all".
for all time - No future sacrifices are needed. This
one sacrifice is even for those who have yet to been born, since
the payment for sin is complete, for all time.
Once, for all people - Jews and Gentiles alike,
for all who believe
Once, for all sin - No sin is so great that
Christ's sacrifice can't pay for it
Jesus' death was not the
result of his earthly trial, but was actually the fulfillment of his purpose
in coming to earth as a man - so that he could serve as a perfect once-for-all
sacrifice for all of us. He told others of his imminent crucifixion and the
necessity of it, and he accepted the pain and suffering that he knew would result.
But because he bore this cost on the cross, the cost of our sins, all that is
now required of us to have eternal life is faith in Him. Faith that he is the
Messiah, the Son of God, that he rose from the dead, and that his self-sacrifice
covers all of our sins, no matter how awful they may be.
A simple way to express
this faith and accept Christ is through prayer, telling God what you believe.
The links below are to churches and ministries of many denominations, across
the United States and around the world, with examples of prayers to tell God
you now believe in Jesus and accept Him as your savior. If you check them out
you'll notice strong similarities in them despite the denominational differences
because accepting Christ, or professing your belief in Christ and in the power
of His shed blood to pay the price for your sins, isn't a denominational
issue, it's a biblical calling. The exact wording of the prayers isn't important
- what matters is that you really believe in your heart that Jesus is the Son
of God who was crucified and rose from the dead, and in doing this, Jesus paid
the penalty for your sins instead of you. He is literally your savior - He saves
you from bearing the penalty of your own sins, which is death, and provides
eternal life instead. If you believe these things, we encourage you to tell
God this in your own words, or through a prayer in a link below: