The time must come when you, as well as others, must go down the dark valley of the shadow of death. The hour must come when you, like all your forefathers, must sicken and die. The time may be near or far off. God only knows. But whenever the time may be, I ask again, What are you going to do? Where do you plan to turn for comfort? On what do you plan to rest your soul? On what do you plan to build your hope? From where will you get your relief?
You need to weigh in on the cost factor and count the costs of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. He didn’t mince words: It will cost you everything.
Life’s journey will soon be over, but have you thought about where you are headed? It’s time to lay down your burden and follow Christ before it’s too late.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. — 2 Corinthians 5:20
One of the most beloved hymns of all time is John Newton’s Amazing Grace, not only among Christians, but also among many non-Christians. Its widespread acclaim crosses all boundaries of the belief spectrum, it seems. Most notably, Judy Collins’ version of the hymn was released as a single for the Christmas season of 1970, peaking at number 15 on the U.S. Billboard 100, and became an even bigger bestseller in the U.K., staying on the British chart for a remarkable 67 weeks. Her version is considered “one of the most notable recordings of the song for its spontaneous popularity.” The Christian’s interest is clearly understandable, but why do unbelievers find it so compelling?
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Please read those words carefully and take them to heart. This is the loving message of Jesus Christ who asks those who are burdened by sin to come to Him in faith with a promise of forgiveness and rest.
Who is Jesus Christ? He is the Son of God and the Son of Man. He is both fully God and fully man, born in human flesh to walk among us and show the world His righteousness, His obedience to the Father, and His amazing love. More importantly, this flawless, sinless Son of God came to give His righteousness to those who seek a perfect standing before God. In order to accomplish this, Jesus went to a cross and was there lifted up to die in the sinner’s place.