Meet Robin Hansen
When I was 33 years old, I began the most exciting & most incredible relationship of my life - with Jesus Christ!
Up to that point, what I had was a religion. I tried to be a good person and I had been baptized and confirmed when I was 13. Then, for the next 20 years, I went to church on Christmas & Easter ... sometimes.
Over the weekend of Thanksgiving 2000 I moved back from Virginia to Connecticut. I even went to church that first Sunday back. At the time, I don't know why I went - I went alone, didn't know anyone, no one invited me ...
Anyway, inside the church bulletin was a brochure explaining a new program that the church was going to be offering for the first time - The Alpha Course.
The brochure contained very leading questions; "Who Is Jesus?", "Why Did Jesus Die?", "Where Will I Go When I Die?" Simultaneously, my head was saying "I already know all that" ... but my heart was pounding -- I don't know why, but I KNEW that I HAD to go to Alpha!
However, since Alpha didn't start for several months, I renewed old friendships, continued partying & basically lived my life as I had been.
During the 10 week Alpha Course, I began to realize that I was really not a good person. At the very least, I had told lies and I had stolen. Ultimately I had broken all of God's Ten Commandments (some without even realizing it). Regardless ... I was a sinner. I had sinned against God and this was very serious.
I didn't even know it, but my sins actually separated me from God ... and there was absolutely nothing I could do to earn God's forgiveness or to make things right.
Then I learned what "The Good News" is - God knew I was a sinner and He had already made a way for me to be forgiven of my sins & to be saved from spending eternity in Hell. Jesus Christ deliberately & intentionally substituted His life by dying on the cross and taking the punishment for my sins. The Bible says "...and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness." (Hebrews 9:22b).
That's why Jesus shed His blood, so that I could be forgiven & saved! In fact, there is no other way - Jesus Christ is the ONLY way. John 14:6 says "... I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
And, it's completely personal ... yes, He did it for every single person that ever lived, but He also did it just for ME! God wasn't mad at me! No sin that I had committed was too big for God! I just had to come to Him just as I was -- He wanted to give me His gift of salvation -- it was up to me to receive it!!
As I asked Jesus to forgive me for my sins and to be my Lord & Savior, I was crying tears of release, joy, peace and freedom - it was awesome! It was as if I had found everything I was ever looking for -and didn't even know I had been looking! And just like the song says ... I was lost, but now I'm found - and I didn't even know I was lost!
After semi-attending church for 33 years, I had never even heard that without a born-again relationship with Jesus, I was completely lost and would be spending eternity in Hell. "Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God." John 3:3.
Praise God! Less than a year after I got saved, the Lord brought me to WIHS and it's been nearly 13 years now!
I love Jesus more today than I did when I first got saved! He is my Hope, my Protector, my Provider, my Deliverer, my Joy, my Strength, my Strong Tower, my Righteousness, my Truest Love, my All In All - I can't say enough, so suffice it to say, He really is my EVERYTHING!
Please Do NOT assume that you are automatically saved like I did! If you are not 100% sure that you have been saved & born again by receiving the sacrificial gift of the Lord Jesus Christ, I encourage you RIGHT NOW to get alone with God and ask Him - make 100% sure.
There really is HOPE!!! Jesus really does love YOU! No matter your circumstances, GOD wants to give you a fresh new beginning! Just ask Him!
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." 2Corinthians 2:9 (The Holy Bible)
Updated: February 20, 2015