SAVED BY GRACE | Jesus Is Our Hope – Inspirational & Motivational Video
I want you to listen to this message as if your life depends on it Because it does I’m going to explain to you as clearly as simply as succinctly as I know how What it means to be saved What it means to know you are for certain going to heaven when you die And I know many people who’ve gone to church their entire lives and still aren’t sure that they have doubts about their salvation They have doubts about am I really going to get in? Is God going to love me? Is he going to let me into his heaven? I don’t ever want you to have any doubt again About whether you’re going to heaven or not I want you when you finish this message to be absolutely certain confident with zero doubts zero fears Zero anxieties that if you were to die tonight or in the next hour You would go straight into the presence of God.
I want you to have that assurance I don’t want you to ever doubt again, and I don’t want you have any misconceptions As you know, Jesus was led up the hill to Golgotha. He was crucified between two thieves One of them rejected Jesus.
The other actually accepted him on the cross And it’s extremely important text of scripture Because it tells us in this one passage What you must know in order to be saved Let’s read the text. Luke chapter 23 verses 39 to 43 One of the criminals hanging beside Jesus hurled insults at him So you’re the messiah are you? prove it Prove it by saving yourself and save us too while you’re at it But the other criminal on the other side of Jesus rebuked him the criminal who just said that said don’t you fear God Even when you’re dying We deserve to die for our evil deeds But this man has done not Not done anything wrong And then he said he looks at Jesus, and he said Jesus Remember me when you come into your kingdom and Jesus replied I assure you Today you’ll be with me in paradise now What does Jesus tell us in this passage? And what do we learn about salvation? Because obviously if Jesus says you’re going to heaven you’re going to heaven I must know That only God’s grace can save me I must know that only God’s grace Can save me I’m never going to do it on my own effort Now we see this in verse 42 In verse 42 it says then he said the thief on the cross then he said Jesus Remember me Jesus remember me Now what is implied when this guy says looks at Jesus he’s sweating and he’s dying and he says remember me when you come into your kingdom in heaven One thing we know he knows that he can’t save himself He can’t get off the cross He can’t go do a bunch of charity work.
He can’t try to atone for his own sins He can’t make up for all the bad things he’s done wrong There’s no way he can repay the people or God or anybody else. He’s hanging on the cross. He’s in his final moments He knows he can’t save himself He knows he’s made a mess of his life He’s wasted it This guy has wasted his life.
He’s got nothing to offer God zero zip We know that he doesn’t try to make excuses And hanging there on the cross. He says he doesn’t say now Jesus I’m a lot better than some people really I’m really a lot better than that person over there.
He doesn’t Beg, he doesn’t bribe. He doesn’t bargain. He doesn’t barter with God He doesn’t compare. I was better than somebody. He doesn’t try to make excuses for his sins. He is hanging on the cross with no hope You don’t have any either Without Jesus you have no hope of getting into heaven.
He has no hope And so while he’s hanging on the cross in the final moments of his life he throws himself on the grace of God the mercy of God And he just says two words Remember me Now I want you to listen very closely I want you to hear this There are some people out there well-meaning christians Okay, they’re they’re Christians.
They’re believers They love the Lord well-meaning Christians who think that you have to use certain words in order to be saved And that you have to say a certain kind of prayer In order to be saved and if you don’t use the certain words in a certain prayer Then you’re not going to be saved that it doesn’t count.
It doesn’t matter This guy does not use any theological terms He doesn’t even say I repent it’s not there He doesn’t say I believe it’s not there. He doesn’t say I trust He doesn’t say I receive you into my life.
He just says remember me And Jesus looks at him and says I got it. It’s good enough. You’re in. I’ll see you in heaven That of all cases proves. It’s not about words This guy was in no sense a theologian And Jesus prayer may have not sat I mean the the sin the sinner’s prayer here may have not satisfied the theologians But it satisfied Jesus And if it satisfies Jesus, that’s good enough.
Okay So he only says two words remember me Remember me that’s all he said here is the point I’m trying to make It’s not the words you say that matter. It’s the direction of your heart If you have a humble heart And the direction is toward God It counts To go to hell you have to do almost the impossible you have to reject the love of God Why in the world would anybody do that Why would anybody say no no, I thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for me, but I really don’t need that I’m going to get into heaven on my own terms, it’s his house He gets to decide how the invitees come in And why would somebody want to deny God and reject God and go the opposite of God their entire life and then Want to spend eternity with them for the rest of their lives There are two people two statements that God makes to people And it’s this have it your way or have it your way There are people who on earth say I want to live my life completely without God Jesus says fine have it your way But one day you’re going to die and you’re going to stand in front of him and he’s going to say it again Have it your way You spent your entire life walking the opposite direction why in the world would you want to live in my house now I made you I created you.
I love you. I’ve watched every moment of your life. And you said no Why would you want to be in heaven now Why does everybody want to reject God on earth and be with God for eternity He knew that only God’s grace could save him and you’ve got to know that only God’s grace can save you He just says remember me what I’m telling you.
This don’t complicate the gospel Don’t complicate the good news. Don’t try to tack on additional conditions that Jesus never required There is no good work that you can do that gets you into heaven It’s receiving the grace salvation is not what you do for God.
It’s what God does for you When Jesus dies on the cross, he says it is finished not I’m finished because he wasn’t He’s living alive today. He said it is finished. I have paid for everything you need to get to heaven