There once were two brothers who were identical twins. Brought up in a secured loving home. The two brothers doted on each other and were inseparable until they got to college. They got admitted to different colleges because of their course preferences.
As the years went by, they each made new friends, moved to different countries and gradually grew apart. The older twin got himself involved with the wrong circle of friends. Soon enough, he began smoking, drinking and experimenting with drugs despite all pleas from his brother to stop that lifestyle.
One day, he and his friends got involved in a situation where a man was murdered. His name and face appeared on a ‘wanted list’ shortly after the incident. As a result, he left his school and became a fugitive.
The younger twin on the other hand was a successful business owner because he remained focused. He got married and had two kids.
Many years passed before he decided to go visit his brother not knowing what had become of him. As soon as he stepped into the city his brother lived in, he found himself surrounded by policemen. He was handcuffed and arrested
Then it came to his knowledge after this incident that his brother is a wanted criminal. Shortly after the arrest, he was locked up in a prison. It dawned on him that he had been arrested in the place of his brother. He asked the prison guard “ what is the penalty for his crime?” The guard replied, “ the wages of sin is death and you have committed a sin. Thus the penalty for your crime is death!” the younger twin’s heart broke for the second time since getting arrested.
He was torn between telling them about sharing the same identity with his brother who committed the crime, and taking the place of his brother to give him an opportunity to start life afresh.
Thinking very hard, he gazed at himself, his success and family. He had lived his life in full and being a true Christian. He made up his mind to pay for his brothers crime. He chose to die in his brother’s place. He decided to write his brother.
My dear brother, by the time you get this, I would already have been executed for your crime.
I did this all for you so as to give you an opportunity to start your life all over again. There’s one thing I want you to do for me though, go and take care of my wife, kids and my business. Live the life I would have lived. I have no regrets and please don’t feel guilty. This sacrifice is a sacrifice of love.
The older twin’s hands shook as the note dropped to the floor.
Why did his brother have to do this? Did he have to? Inside him, he felt factitive at his brother’s great show of love. His mind was made up…
To everyone reading this, this story is just what Jesus did for you and I. He took our place of punishment for our sins so that we don’t have to suffer any more. It is written ” For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; – Romans 3:23. He made us free from sin and death. He became our sacrifice. This is the Good News.
What is your response today?
If your response is one of Joy, gratitude and thanks giving. Follow this 3 steps
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. – John 3:16
Do you believe in Jesus Christ our savior?
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signsyou are doing if God were not with him.” 3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’
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. – Romans 10:9
You need to confess Jesus Christ as your personal savior. How do I do this? Say this salvation prayer
I believe with all my heart in Jesus Christ Your Son. I believe He died for me and You raised Him from the dead. I believe He’s alive today. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord of my life from this day forward and that through Him I now have eternal life. I am born again. Thank You God for saving me and making me Your child, in Jesus’ name, I pray, amen!
If you just prayed this prayer, you have accepted Jesus into your life. You are now a believer of Jesus Christ !
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Go to Church
Locate a Jesus believing Church around you and be a committed member of that local assembly.
“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
If you are a resident of the greater orlando area, we invite you to fellowship with us. Our service times are : Sundays 10am & Wednesday 7pm.
Study the Bible
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
2nd Chronicles 7:14
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Tell others about Jesus
The Gospel (The Good News) – John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.