Because of Jesus

Sunday, April 5, 2015
What if Jesus hadn’t risen? What if the stone hadn’t been rolled away, if the curtain hadn’t been torn in two? What would that mean for us? Without Jesus, this world would be drastically, terribly different.

Jesus is the reason I’m writing this. Jesus is the reason I got up and went to church this morning. Jesus is the reason I memorize scripture passages. Because Jesus is inside me, I am able to operate with a forgiving heart and an open mind. Because Jesus is inside me, I smile at strangers and do my best to encourage others. Jesus is the reason I am who I am. Because Jesus did not stay dead, we have an eternal and lasting hope; we have a reason and a purpose. We have life. We know that our struggle is not in vain.

Why would Jesus look on this corrupt world with loving eyes, eyes that see each sin every human has ever committed? The very angels of heaven are in constant awe of God’s pure holiness, yet He looks on us and wants to save us. We can now not only have eternal life, but eternal life with Him.

Some don’t believe because it doesn’t make sense, and truthfully, it really doesn’t. There is not one little reason why God should want to redeem us, to life a perfect life but still be mocked, cursed, spat at, abused, and crucified – to be despised and rejected by the ones He loves. Jesus took on all past, present, and future sins upon His shoulders; His own father turned His back because of it – because of our sins. He should have turned His back on us, but instead of ripping out our story, He wrote it anew with the love He possessed, love that defines His character, by making a promise – not a vague, empty, teasing promise – a holy, true, and perfect promise.

Because of Jesus, we are alive. Because of Jesus, the God-given gifts that Christians possess are not used in vain. When we seek to glorify Jesus, we have a lasting impact. When we act in love and goodness of heart, every little thing we do is accounted for and used for God’s glory.

When the angel of the Lord said in Matthew 28:6, “[Jesus] is not here; He has risen, just as He said,” he not only communicated that Christians were given life; we also were given a purpose. Eternal, perfect, and completing love was shown to the world that day. Now, the instrument that was seen as a symbol of pure torture is the very symbol we hang around our necks all because of a promise:  A promise of love, hope, and completeness in our Savior.

The love of Jesus is not selective; it is available to everyone: from Simon Peter the fisherman to Matthew the tax collector. This is what each and every one of us was made for. Come to the cross. Bow the knee to your One True master who lavishes unending love on every living thing.

As Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, "Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Experience the completeness that the love of Jesus gives you. No, your life will not be perfect, but the God of the universe will forever be by your side through thick and thin. He longs to draw you to Him and to make you His. The hope He gives in eternal, an anchor for the soul  (Hebrews 6:19), and will fuel you in the deepest of waters. God’s love will act as a light, and although you won’t be able to see the end of your journey, your path will be lit, and in the midst of pain and trouble, you will know that your pain serves a purpose: to bring you closer to Jesus, the one who poured out His love for you on that dark day.

Without Jesus, my vapor-in-the-wind life would be completely meaningless. Stop searching, come to Him, and rest in His incomprehensible peace.

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