Kerusso is proclaiming the Good News to the world through products about Jesus. But, what’s the big deal about Jesus? Why would a company devote their entire mission and lives to creating products that talk about this man?
The founder of Kerusso, Vic Kennett, grew up with almost no knowledge of God’s Word. By the 5th grade he was a self proclaimed atheist. Vic remembers thinking that miracles and God could not be true – after all science had “proven” that. While at school one day the Gideons were handing out little New Testaments and Vic took one while his fellow atheists glared at him.
Throughout Vic’s early teens he would lay awake at night, gripped with sadness about death. He would think about his parents’ inevitable fate as well as his own as he lay awake in fear. You see, an atheist has no hope beyond this life.
At fifteen years old Vic was at a yard sale with his mom. Not being much of a reader growing up it was out of character for him to be drawn to books of any kind, let alone a book with a title like The Late Great Planet Earth, but like a magnet it drew him. He bought the book for twenty-five cents and began to read. The evidence set forth in the pages of that book brought him intelligently to the point of taking a step of faith. It told of the many prophecies in the Old Testament that had their fulfillment in the person of Jesus of Nazareth hundreds of years later. The statistical impossibility of all those prophecies being fulfilled in one person made a believer out of Vic.
So if “prophecy” was real, then a creator God who knows the end from the beginning was possible. Who else could make such predictions except an all knowing God?
As Vic finished that book he let the author and the Holy Spirit lead him in prayer, confessing Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He had accepted and believed that God, the God of the universe (who he had once denied) sent Jesus Christ to die on a cross for the forgiveness of sins and that He was raised from the dead.
After praying that prayer Vic began to read the Bible, that same small New Testament that he accepted in the 5th grade.
Here’s how to come into a relationship with Jesus Christ
Know that God loves you and desires a relationship with you.
"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
Recognize that your sin has separated you from God.
"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
"The wages of sin is death" [spiritual separation from God]. Romans 6:23
Jesus Christ is God’s only solution for our sin. Through Jesus we experience God’s love and forgiveness.
Jesus Died For Us.
"God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Jesus Rose From the Dead
"Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures...He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred...” 1 Corinthians 15
Jesus Is the Only Way to God
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” John 14:6
We must receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and if we do this – God cleanses us.
We Must Receive Christ
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God - John 1:12
We Receive Christ Through Faith
"By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.” Ephesians 2:8
We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation
[Christ speaking] "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him.” Revelation 3:20
Receiving Christ involves repenting (turning from your sin) and turning to God and trusting Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sins. It’s not enough to just agree mentally that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for your sins. You receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will. – Luke 5:32 and Romans 10: 9, 10
You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer!
Prayer is simply talking with God. God doesn’t make a big deal about the words you choose as much as He does about the attitude of your heart. Here’s a simple prayer but feel free to use your own words as you express your desire for Christ to come into your life.
"Father, I need You. Thank You for sending your Son Jesus Christ to die for my sins. Come into my life, I confess Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. I surrender my heart, mind and body to you – fulfill Your purposes through me...”
If you prayed this prayer and sincerely meant it then Christ will come into your life as He promised.