Isn't this a great thing? Eternal life! Just take a moment to think, is this available to you? Only you (and Jesus) know your past. You may even think that because of your past, there is no way Jesus will save you? This is not true my friend. Like the popular car sales slogan says, "No one will be turned down". You too can go to Heaven. An example of Jesus forgiveness is the popular story of the crucifixion where the thief gets saved on the cross. Isn't this great! Praise the lord! Look in Luke 23 verse 41-43, go get your Bible, I will wait....... If you don't have one we have an electronic version for you here, (if that will take too long you can just read along in the next few sentences). We pick up where Jesus is being taunted and mocked and one of the thieves says this to the other; (Luke 23 41-43.) And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. Lets emphasize for a moment, Jesus was in physical pain with nails through his body, but he cared for mankind so much that he saved this sinner on the cross. Think of how easy it would have been for Jesus to just give up not care for this man. Isn't that great! Now this thief is with Jesus in Heaven.
Are you on the other side of the spectrum? Do you think you will go to Heaven because you have been a good person, you go to church, you live a good life? Well my friend if you believe that your actions alone will get you into Heaven you are dearly mistaken. Think about this, if "YOU" can do something to get yourself into Heaven, why did Jesus have to die! To quote a pastor I know, "Hello, Are you still out there?" Jesus loved us so much He left Heaven to live on earth in torment so we (sinners) can obtain the most precious gift of all, the gift of Heaven! For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10.
At home, I have a picture in my foyer of a cross and a saying on it that says, I asked Jesus, "How much do you love me?" "This much" he answered. Then he held out his arms and died. Pretty deep huh?