Jesus was there at the beginning of creation. One of the many names the Bible calls Jesus is “the Word.” Jesus is the literal embodiment of God. God took on human form when Jesus entered the world. John 1:1 says it this way, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Verse 14 says, “So the Word became human and made his home among us.” God the Father. God the Son. God the Holy Spirit. Three in one, also known as the trinity.
We were made to be in relationship with God. When man broke that relationship by sinning, Jesus came to fix it. Jesus left heaven and became a man. He remained fully God but was then also fully man. He dealt with all the same things we do: temptation, loneliness, pain, grief, hunger. He lived perfectly, without sin, always doing what was right and remaining pure. He showed us that it is possible, with God’s help, to live for God. He is our example.
Jesus paid the price for our sins, so Satan, the enemy of our souls, has no power over us. We were prisoners, but now we’re set free. Jesus lived a perfect life in this imperfect world. He willingly laid down His life, but death could not hold Him. He rose from the dead and is now with the Father in heaven, waiting for us to join Him forever. No one else did what Jesus was able to do – therefore no one else is able to give us eternal life. It is through Jesus alone that we can be saved. But it’s up to us to receive the gift.
Romans 8:34 tells us that Jesus is praying for us. God didn’t leave us unprotected in a wicked world. He will be back to rule the earth, but until that time, we are reminded in Ephesians 6:12 that we’re not fighting against mankind, we’re fighting unseen, but very real, evil forces. The good news is God has given us everything we need to live life God’s way (2 Peter 1:3.) His Word gives us examples to draw from (2 Timothy 3:16.) And Ephesians 6:11-17 tells us about the armor we have at our disposal to fight the enemy.
When Jesus returned to heaven, the Holy Spirit came to us. He lives in the hearts of those who have asked Jesus to be their Savior. An amazing thing happens as we spend time with God, He begins to change us to be more like Him. Soon we find ourselves wanting the same things God wants. That’s what the scripture means when it says he will grant us the desires of our hearts. His Spirit is within us leading us and guiding us (Isaiah 30:21.)
Many have tried living life their own way with less than stellar results. For many of us that’s what drew us to Jesus in the first place. “I can’t do this, God, help!” The good news is He’s not only willing to help, He is able to help. We get to trade burnout, disappointment and frustration for joy, hope, and peace. As we give our lives to Jesus, we can trust in His love for us. He is the same yesterday as He is today and will be forever. We can count on Him. We can trust that His Word is true. He never fails.
Jesus says we are his friends when we do the things He tells us to do. (John 15:14-15) He’s let us in on what He’s heard from the Father – think of that, we’re His confidants. When you choose to live your life for God, you can be assured that He is completely on your side, but that doesn’t mean life will be easy. In fact, Jesus told us in John 16:33, “…In the world you will have trouble, but be of good cheer, I’ve overcome the world.” What Jesus was saying was, you’re not in heaven yet. While you’re here, I’ve got things for you to do. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. I’ll be here to comfort you and help you. Just stay close to me.
Jesus not only loves you, He understands you. He knows how you were knit together in your mother’s womb. He made you the way you are for a reason. Ask Him to show you how He wants to use you. Fulfillment comes when you walk the path He’s laid out for you.
We are told to live by faith (Romans 1:17). That means we aren’t always going to see how something is going to work out. But as you journey with Jesus, you’ll gain experience to pull from — times when you could not imagine how God was going to work something out, and yet He did. Another good way to bolster your faith is by reading accounts from the Bible where God intervened on mankind’s behalf. Staying connected with other believers is a great way to hear how God has come through for others. He loves you just as much as he loves any of his children!
We are told to not stop meeting together as some are in the habit of doing (Hebrews 10:25.) That implies that our habit should be going to church. That includes congregational worship in church services and small group gatherings, like Horizon’s LIFEgroups. God knows that good things happen when His people gather together, namely He joins them. Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or more come together in my name, there am I with them.”
When we are focusing on our problems and circumstances, we are consumed by what we see. We are “downcast” and lose hope. God has a better way. Jesus is the lifter of our heads. Look up and over your problems. When our focus is on Him, and we remember how “big” He is, our troubles begin to dim. The truth is, nothing is too difficult for God. So ask Him to give you His perspective and peace will follow.