Why do I, a Somali, believe in Jesus as my Lord and Savior?
I heard you are interested in Christianity but you don’t believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior. And you don’t believe there are any Somali Christians. You know HIM as a prophet, as believe in HIM in that way. But I am here to tell you that Jesus is more than a prophet, HE is the Savior. I am praying and hoping that this note will reveal Christ in a way that is close to my heart. Jesus Christ has revealed Himself to many people in this world we live in and I am a just a little one of those.
Jesus did not come into existence when HE was born through HIS mother. Jesus entered this world, but HE existed long before the world was ever created. He is an eternal being! Jesus is the Savior. Let us look at his existence in this world when He was born as a child. Jesus made an entrance like no other prophet ever did before or after him! He was born from a virgin by the power of Holy Spirit of God. Let’s look at HIS lifestyle over the years he walked among men. He never sinned, not even one tiny little lie! Every prophet that lived has sinned in one way or another! But Christ never did.
He saved lives. Raised people from the dead (all these wonders are written in an incredible book called The Holly Bible). But what did Christ do that no magician could or can ever do: He forgave sins!
Mark 2:1-12 says:
When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”
But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”
Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”
Now is that a Savior or not?
For if a body is risen from sickness, it will die again! But the true salvation is the forgiveness we receive from God. For when we are forgiven we can enter His heavenly Kingdom.
When Jesus said I am the way, the truth and the life: HE literally meant that HE is the way! Whoever wants to come to the kingdom of heaven had/has to live like he did! Imitate him for He lived a sin free life and very close to the Father heart of God.
Jesus came to live among us, and teach us the ways of God. A friend of mine said to me one day “Have you ever looked down at those little ants and tried to tell them: Hey! I am passing by, make a way so that I don’t crush you?”
I laughed and said, “that is a silly thought, why would ants understand me, they are ants, I am human! Hello!?!”
My friend did not answer me…we sat there for awhile then he said, “That is how I feel it is with us and God! He called us to Himself and His way, HE sent many prophets, and still we didn’t believe. We demanded signs. He sent signs yet we wanted more. Still we didn’t believe. Then he sent trouble into our lives and shook our lives just a little with an earthquake. Then we feel to our knees and believed. Only when we were in terror did we call out to HIM and believe. And when good times came we forgot about Him and choose different ways. We left no choice for God but to send His own flesh to come to us so that this time we had no excuse! It was not the human talking to the ant, but the human talking to the one who became human!”
Emmanuel God among us (The name of Jesus). I cried and cried every time I remembered that. Tears filled my eyes. Jesus came to me and called me. And I spoke to HIM and answered HIM, and said “Yes Lord, I want you to be my Savior.” I was a broken human speaking to God who had become human for me, died for me, rose from the dead for me, called me, and then saved me when I said “YES TO HIM!”
Jesus died on the cross for us to be saved! John 3:16-17 says:
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”
That is how Jesus entered the world! But you may be wondering, what about today? How does HE work! God works through Jesus and HIS Holy Spirit. God is love and the proof of that is Jesus Christ. Look at Jesus and you will see that Jesus is love.
And we can experience this love through God’s Holy Spirit who is given to us when we believe and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. When Jesus Christ left this earth after he rose from the dead (HIS resurrection), God sent The Holy Spirit to live in the hearts of every believer who accepts Jesus Christ as the Savior.
The Holy Spirit is the eyes for the unseen, the ears to hear God speak, and the friend to encourage and guide us through this life time. The Holy Spirit is love and the proof of that is when you have The Holy Spirit inside your heart, you are filled with unexplainable joy, rest and peace. When hard times come and life is troubling, The Holy Spirit is there to comfort, and you feel it with all your body and soul.
Now without Jesus Christ as my Savior I would not have the Holy Spirit, and without the Holy Spirit, I would not have this peace I have inside my heart through it all! From the day I accepted Christ as my Savior until today – 10 years later – I have seen God in action! I have seen God working through me and through my life and situations. I don’t know and don’t even want to think about how my life would have end up if Christ had not come to my rescue!
Jesus teaches me everyday through the word of God (The Holy Bible). And Jesus teaches me as I pray, worship and fellowship with sisters and brothers in Christ. HE teaches me more about Himself. And the more Christ grows in my life (the more I let him take control and be the master in my life), the more I get filled with peace, love and joy! It is crazy! Hah, I am loving it. I am loving people I would never imagine I could love! People who had hurt me and 10 years ago I would do anything to revenge and make them feel pain. But today the thought of that disgusts me! I have so much freedom in Christ, it is incredible! Freedom from hatred, evil, drugs,…
This is the command Christ gave us: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Luke 10:27
Beloved, if you want to know more about Jesus here is the secret: Turn to Him and invite him into your heart, ask him to reveal Himself to you!
And trust that HE will indeed do that! Jesus is love and does not want to force Himself on you! God gave us a free will because God is love and wants us to worship him by choice, for when you worship God by your own choice, you do it with your heart, lovingly with all your spirit! God says, “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:13
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. ‘He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ Revelation 3:20
Dear beloved child of God; I am praying and hoping that you find the Greatest Gift of all! The best gift I have ever received in my life is Jesus! And nothing can ever top that undoubtedly!
May God bless you this very moment and help you break the chains off your heart so that it may run and find its Savior!
All best wishes and love your way!
Your Somali sister in Christ ,