“The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord…” (Luke 2:11a NLT)
Let’s begin today where we left off yesterday. Jesus is our…
- Proven Provider
Jesus can be trusted to provide everything you need, now and forever. He said in Matthew 6:33: “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” (NLT) Notice it says “He” will give you everything you need. Seeking Jesus is a life-long process that pays eternal dividends.
- Narrow Way
Most people choose the wide path that leads to destruction and eternal separation from Jesus and His loving provision, not because they don’t want it or wouldn’t benefit from it, but because they’re too earthly focused. Because of our sin nature we want what we want when we want it. But that’s not how Jesus works. He’s willing to give us what’s best if we leave the decision to Him. “But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” (Matthew 7:14 NLT) Jesus IS the narrow way, but I can tell you, based on nearly 60 years of following Him, I literally have everything I could ever want, and more.
- Way and Truth and Life
You may be thinking, “I’d love to find the narrow way of following Jesus, but I’m just not sure how to find Him.” His Spirit is ever-present, which means He can be everyplace at the same time. He promises that if we seek Him, we’ll find Him. Find a quiet place, void of distractions, and speak to Him. Ask Him to make Himself known to you. Tell Him you’re sorry for your sins and ask Him to forgive you and to come into your life. He IS the embodiment of Truth, and He alone is the source of eternal life. He doesn’t lie. You can trust Him.
- Sacrificial Savior
Jesus is the perfect and sinless Lamb of God who takes away our sin when we ask Him. When He died on the Cross, He was taking our place. We deserved to die for our sin, and that’s exactly what happens to us if we don’t put our trust in Jesus. We suffer for all eternity trying to pay a sin debt we can never pay. He alone has paid our debt and can give us the faith we need to follow Him. Jesus doesn’t want you to be separated from Him, that’s why He died for you.
- Innocent Intercessor
Because He was completely innocent when He was murdered on the Cross, God raised Him from the dead to verify the acceptance of His sacrifice on our behalf. For forty days after His resurrection, He walked the earth to verify that He was alive and had defeated hell, death and the grave, not only for Himself, but for all those who would put their trust in Him for their eternal life. And He now sits at the right hand of God interceding for us. He’s praying for you even as you’re reading these words. Hebrews 7:25b (NLT) says: “He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.“
There are many, many other attributes, and characteristics I could share, but let that suffice for now. Just know that regardless of where you are, in the world and in your life, Jesus loves you beyond what words can adequately express. He’s waiting with open arms to receive you. Open your heart to Jesus and invite Him to become Savior and Lord (guide and protector) of your life.
As long as you’re breathing you have hope. But one day, if you keep postponing your decision, it will be too late. In Romans 14:11, Paul reminds us: “For the Scriptures say, ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bend to Me, and every tongue confess and give praise to God.'” Then in verse 12: “Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God.”
Now you have a choice to bow and confess. Then it will be too late.
It’s not the words of your mouth alone, but the desire of your heart to know Him and learn to love and serve Him that matters. May I close this post with this prayer for you:
Lord Jesus, eternal Savior and Friend, thank You for giving us another opportunity to come to You and willingly acknowledge our love and dependence upon You. If there is even one reader who needs to open their heart to You, please give them courage and boldness to say “YES” to You. In Your holy and perfect Name I pray. Amen.
Blessings, Ed 😊