Are you alive? How alive are you? How can you tell? Somewhere I have read that while all exist, few really live. Jesus Himself said that narrow is the road that leads to life and there are few who find it. How tragic this sounds. What about you?
At the core of Christmas is the incarnation of Jesus. God became flesh in an all-out move to bridge the gap between us. Why would He do this? One central answer is that He wants to give us life. I know it seems strange because at first glance we seem to be alive already. We awake, move, breathe, feel and do nearly every day. But He is talking about something more.
Those who seem to find a path often discover it did not bring what they hoped for.
When God created people He meant for us to live through direct connection with Him. He wanted us to choose to live this way in response to His love for us. But something dark happened. A different choice was made that brought sin & death to our lives. Think about it. Even now life is marred by the experience and fear of death. Nearly everything seems fragile and broken. Relationships, hearts, our sense of value, purpose and destiny are all in a smelly fog. Those who seem to find a path often discover it did not bring what they hoped for.
This reality led Solomon to conclude that without God life is pointless over 3000 years ago. That truth has not changed. In John 10, Jesus announces that he has come to give life. Thirty-nine times in the gospel of John alone Jesus refers to the life God desires to give to those who will embrace it. Here are just a few:
Jn 6:48 I am the bread of life.
Jn 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
Jn 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Jn 5:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.
Jn 20:31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
Jn 4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
Jn 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,
Jn 14:6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
Jn 17:3 This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
In Romans chapter 6 we learn that in Christ we are given “newness of life.” I have found this to be true. Though challenging to describe at times, but it makes sense. Why couldn’t our Creator God repair the damage done to our lives if we would just let Him?
God sent Jesus to break through with the message, the path and the power to really live. This is why He came. He is the life bearer, life bringer & life-giver. He crossed the barrier of sin & death to make a sure and stable pathway for us to receive life- to really live.
All born into this world struggle with life. It is hard. It is uncertain. It has questions and challenges that at times overwhelm the possibilities and joys. The big question is how to really live. Many philosophers and religions seek to answer this question. Most are colored by the Fall and the deceptions of God’s enemy. He so hates God that he wants to hurt those God loves- i.e. us. He wants to keep us from God’s greatest gift- life! Eternal life. Jesus cuts through the confusion for all who are willing to believe.
What about you? How tragic would it be to have been offered life but fail to receive it? Join us this Sunday as we look at the Bible’s claim that Jesus is the source of true life and consider how we can experience it through Him.