Everyone hopes for a great life. We look different places and try different things searching to make that a reality. We drop some things right away discovering they weren’t what we thought. Other things seem good for a while but then either fade in effectiveness or turn on us.
Life seems like an unsolvable puzzle with the nagging sense that it is supposed to be better.
As a Jesus follower of nearly 45 years, I believe the centering my life on Jesus has hacked life’s puzzle. Jesus is Your Best Hope of a Secure & Significant Life. Why should anyone center their life on Jesus? Let me share some big reasons why.
REASON #1: Jesus is the Source of Life- and Every Other Created Thing.
Col 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
Jesus is the creator & sustainer of all. Any Natural law that exists, does so because Jesus creates and maintains it. Think Gravity. weather patterns, planetary rotations, breathing & heart functions. He made stuff we still haven’t figured out or even discovered!
That also means He made you & holds life together. You are not an accident. You are handmade by God for a purpose. He wants you as part of Creation (Psalm 139). SO… Center your life in Jesus as your Creator.
REASONS #2: Jesus is the Source of Spiritual Life & Everything that Comes with It.
Col 1:13-14 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Jesus cross makes eternal life in His Kingdom possible. Redemption means paying the price to buy something back or free someone from slavery. Jesus reconciles creation back to the creator through His sacrifice.
Why can’t God just forgive the debt of sin? If our Creator was truly generous, couldn’t he just move on without repayment? Here’s the problem: someone always eats the cost of sin. As a simple example, let’s say your neighbor crashes his car through your fence. When you discover the shambles, you forgive him: “Don’t worry about the fence! All is forgiven.” But forgiving your neighbor doesn’t do away with the bill or dissolve the damage; it means you eat the cost. At the cross, Jesus ate the cost for all our sin. SO… Center your life in Jesus as your Redeemer.
REASON #3: Jesus is the One Restoring Your Life to Your Creator & His Intended Creation Specs.
Col 1:21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— 23 if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel…
A virus called sin is deeply imbedded in our hardware. The curse of Genesis 3 means work is now more difficult and relationships are challenging. We enter life under this controlling influence. It has many faces but it’s impact is undeniable. Selfishness that doesn’t mind harming or changing other to get our own way is a core example of this.
My first office fish tank was a small bowl with 3 goldfish in it that sat on my desk. They were cool while they lasted. About the third day I came in and saw right away that one was missing. Apparently, he jumped out. Was laying on the desk. Life wasn’t as good outside the bowl as he thought. Without the water, he could not sustain life.
Without Jesus’ we can’t either. In creating us God gives the breath of life. Jesus said we live not by bread but by the word of God. We can deny this, but in the end, we will discover ourselves outside the life He intended us to experience.
Jesus brings us back to life, restoring all who embrace Him as redeemer. We are His lost masterpiece, worn and torn from a hard world, but He patiently and lovingly restores us to His original intention.
Why center your life on Jesus? The bigger question is, why wouldn’t you? To catch the full lesson, go to www.parkviewfamily.com. Even better join us this weekend at Parkview to take in the next lesson in this series.