Our church’s most recent sermon series was called “Reset”. It focused on getting back to the Bible’s true picture of Jesus. I was thankful for the lessons taught in the series ~ and it has given me a lot to think about.
In my devotional recently I read this, and it just reminds me what a paradox Jesus is…
…He is the broken, and He is the healer. He is the hungry, and He is the Bread of Life. He is the homeless, yet it is He who says “Come to Me all you who are overloaded, and I will be your resting place.” He is the loser who makes losing the only way to win. He is the omnipotent who calls all who follow to choose powerlessness and teaches us by laying down all power in heaven and in earth. He is the sick, and He is the wholeness.”
~ Gloria Gaither from We Have This Moment
How amazing that this Jesus, fully God, would come down from heaven, would trade His privelege and the majesties of heaven, to be fully man. And even more, to choose to be humbled by death on a cross. For me. For you.
Who is your Jesus? Do you get the sacrifice that He made for you? Do you get that you can come to Him with anything and He will understand because He was fully human as well? Do you get the depth of love and of grace and mercy He has for you?
If you’re not sure, I urge you to spend the next week or so leading up to Easter reading the gospel of John. Start there. Then take a look at these verses…
Romans 3:23 – “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
John 3:3 – “In reply, Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’ ”
John 14:6 – “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ ”
Romans 10:9-10 – “…if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
2 Corinthians 5:15 – “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
Revelation 3:20 – “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
Jesus is standing at the door and knocking. Who do YOU believe He is, and how will you answer?