Jesus is more things than I can say in one short post. He is everything to all who believe in Him. He came to this earth from heaven and was born of a virgin to seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10). He came to save souls that were lost in sin and to make a way whereby they may be saved from their sins. He is our prophet, priest and king, as head of the church. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him by God (Matthew 28:18). He is the ruler of all creation.
Most of all He gave Himself as a sacrifice on the cross of Calvary that enables all who believe in Him and obey Him to receive forgiveness of all the sins they have committed in this life. This is such a huge gift that nothing else can compare to it in value. To know that we, as weak and sinful creatures, can be clean and pure and whole before God because Jesus has made it possible for us to be forgiven of our sins, is grace from God that is beyond measure. Who are we that we can receive such grace?
Indeed, we must be of great value to God that He would send his only son to this earth to die–death is a result of our sin in the first place (Romans 5:12)–that we may be forgiven of our sins to stand clean and whole before God and receive eternal life when death has finally been done away with at the end of time. Who is Jesus? He is the only means by which we may have access to God, the father, in this life (John 14:6). There is no other way, though many today think there are other ways.
We are able to pray to God in Jesus name (Hebrews 4:14-16; Ephesians 5:20). Without Him we would be nothing and there is no name in heaven or on the earth that is greater than His. If God had left us to what we deserve, which is death, we would be without hope and lost forever without the chance of ever going to heaven or being with God, being created to be with Him. Jesus has made all things possible. He even was the one through whom God created the universe and was known as the Word of God before He came to this earth (John 1:1-5).
There are certain things that we must do to avail ourselves of this grace that Jesus has made possible through His death. See “Plan of Salvation” link above and also the category by the same name. As with the covenant that God made with the nation of Israel under the Mosaic law God’s terms are conditional.
If we obey Him and keep His commandments, walking the way of righteousness that He defines, we can receive the reward that is promised–eternal life. A contract made between two people or groups of people is always conditional on both sides doing their part. The same is true of the covenant between God and man.
Jesus is also our example on how we may be acceptable unto God. He lived life on this earth and was tempted even as we are but did not commit one sin. Though we could never attain His level of godliness, after all, He is God also, we should strive to live by His example and strive to be like Him in everything.
We should live our lives striving ever to obtain perfection and the goal of life eternal with God. Though we may not obtain perfection until we finally reach heaven (1 Corinthians 15:50-56), we cannot lose heart, but must continue to do our best, not that we can earn salvation, but our faith in Jesus must be a working faith or we have lost our way.
So, will you turn to Jesus today before it is too late? Life could end for any of us at any moment and then we will no longer have the chance to obey the gospel and avail ourselves to the grace that is available through Jesus Christ our Lord. Follow the Plan of Salvation today and be baptized into Christ, so that you may receive the promise when this life is over. The alternative is eternal death in hell, which is what we all deserve, but which Jesus has made it possible for us to avoid. Obey Him today.
May God bless and keep you until next time.