Jesus, our Lord, the flawless expression of God's perfect
Long ago, from His heavenly kingdom, Jesus saw man's broken
lives, desperate need and spiritual blindness. He longed to open
our eyes, free us from bondage and enable us to come to Him. So He
left His heavenly throne and entered this fallen world of physical pain
and spiritual poverty.
save us, Jesus had to surrender what humanity has always craved --
power, honor, comfort and beauty. He chose to be born as a helpless
babe, walk our humble paths, share our struggles, feel our worst pain
and become our servant. He suffered shame so that we might share His
needy, the sick, the broken and the oppressed flocked to Him. Filled
with compassion, He healed, fed, taught and encouraged -- pouring out
His life and strength until His own body ached for rest and stillness.
the strong and proud rejected Him, and many loved ones failed Him. Those
who expected a conquering King showed little interest in a simple
carpenter born in a stable. Even His close friends misunderstood His
words and questioned His identity. Multitudes who heard His
teaching and received His gifts ignored His call and refused to
follow. The Pharisees despised Him and plotted His death.
Together, they betrayed, mocked, denied, scourged and crucified
submitted to their cruelty and willingly gave His life. Bleeding
and dying -- tortured by those He came to save -- He spoke a
simple prayer for His tormentors, "Father, forgive them, for they do not
know what they do." Luke 23:34
Jesus knew well what He had to do. His assignment was to
carry our sins to the cross, suffer our judgment and redeem us
from the power of sin and Satan. Having endured the agony and
finished His work, our precious Savior cried out, "Father, into Your hands I commit
My spirit.” Then, as darkness blanketed the earth, He died.
To His heart-broken followers, death seemed to reign.
not for long. Having conquered both death and Satan, Jesus was raised up
into the heavenly places far above all rule, authority, power and
dominion. Everything in heaven and on earth would be subject to
Him. Nothing -- "Neither death nor life, nor angels nor
principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, [would] be able to
separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our
Lord." Romans 8:38-39
amazing love and His victorious Life are now in you and me -- and in all
who put their faith in Him!
His overcoming life is not ours to use to satisfy our own will
and pleasure. The Bible compares it to a Fountain of Living Water that flows into the hearts
of those who share His purpose, will and work -- those
who are willing to "follow
in His steps."
Listen to the words of Jesus, for He shows us
the way of surrender and enables us to follow in His steps:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing
of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does,
the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and
shows Him all things that He Himself does." John 5:19-20
“I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge;
and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but
the will of the Father who sent Me." John
who would follow Jesus are called to serve and to suffer as He
did -- always according to our Father's will. When we walk
with Him, "þlooking unto Jesus,"
God fills our lives -- earthen vessels set aside for His
holy purpose -- to overflowing. Then the life He pours into
us may flow like a spring of water to His lost and thirsty ones
along the way. Hebrews 12:2
Jesus, my Lord, how wonderful you are! I
don't deserve your gracious gifts and amazing love. Yet I pray that
you would purify my heart, guide my feet, and fill me to overflowing
with your precious Holy Spirit. Enable me, by your grace, to look
"unto Jesus" until your beautiful life transforms my soul. Cleanse and
empty this earthen vessel of all that would hinder the free flow of
your living water into my heart and out to your people.
I love You, Jesus, my Savior and my King!
Isaiah 53; Matthew
28:18; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:31, 23:34;
John 6:64-65; 2
Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 1:20-23; Philippians 2:5-11,
4:14-16, 5:6-11 and 12:1-3.
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