“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” (John 1:4-5 NLT)
Everyone is looking for something! Everyone has a desire deep within for more. We may not always understand what that “more” is, but our attitude seems to be: “I’ll recognize it when I see it!”
There was a boy I knew in high school whose nickname was “Frog.” He was in the Auto Mechanics class, and most every time I saw him, he was squatting down, like a frog, working on a car. He was overweight and his jeans never quite covered everything in the back (you get the picture 😊), thus, his nickname.
It’s interesting that guys like “Frog” rarely, if ever, make the covers of magazines or glamour sites on the internet. Why not? Because they’re selling a perfect physique, with perfect skin and hair. That’s essentially what Satan is “selling.” He’s seeking to convey to everyone who will believe him, that if you chase that “more” in the pit of your soul, it will lead to riches, popularity, power, prestige, and perfection. But, if you haven’t already discovered, it’s a lie.
Jesus is the only person who ever lived or will ever live who is perfect in every way. Yet, ironically, He’s not telling anyone they’ll need to be perfect to come to Him. That’s the beauty of Jesus. The Bible says that there wasn’t anything particularly appealing about Him, at least from all outward appearances (Isaiah 53:2). Yet, when He spoke, God showed up and the power of love was put on display.
What am I missing if I don’t come to Jesus? As with any subject related to Jesus, volumes have been written, but I can tell you from my perspective as a Jesus lover and follower, what I would be missing.
- Absolute and Unconditional Love. Jesus loves the unlovable, those society has discarded as worthless; those who, in the eyes of the religious community, are the scum of the earth. The Pharisees asked His disciples in Mark 2:16: “Why does He eat with such scum?” Listen to how Jesus responded: “I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” I can’t speak for anyone else, but I know I fit into that latter category. The only merit on which I can stand is the merit of my loving Savior, Jesus.
- Present and Future Hope. Have you ever experienced the emptiness and fear of facing life without hope? No hope in the present? Unable to see anything bright ahead? Thinking the world would be better off without you? I’ve been there. It’s a miserable place to be. Whatever friends you thought you had, can’t be found. People see you coming and go the other way. But that’s not true of Jesus – Jesus is the One walking in when everyone else is running out! He doesn’t just give us hope, He IS hope. He’s the One who carries you when you’re out of strength. He’s the One who holds you when life is cruel and you’re out of options. He’s the One you can trust when the world seems filled with false hope and lies. He’s the rock, the anchor you can hold to when the storms of life are roaring all around you.
- Meaning and Purpose in this Life and the Life to Come. When your life is bound with love from and for Jesus, He gives meaning you never imagined possible. He opens doors you thought were nailed shut. He opens people’s hearts to you that give you avenues of expression for what you love to do, when all you were finding were dead ends. Forgiveness and cleansing within leads to confidence and joy outwardly. My purpose is to love and honor Jesus on my way to heaven, taking as many with me as possible.
Are you tired of the lies, broken promises, dead ends? Are you ready for the life God has intended for you all along? Are you willing to give up on finding your own way out of the hole you’ve dug for yourself? Come to Jesus. He’s waiting with open arms to give you the life you’ve always wanted, but never dreamed was possible. He loves you with a love that won’t let go.
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Blessings, Ed 😊