A man. A prophet. A wise counselor. A man out of his mind. A myth. He has been called all these things and more. Throughout history, he has been undeniably the most hotly debated and routinely discussed man to ever walk the earth. This Christmas season and heading into the new year, we will be talking about possibly the most important question we could ask: Who is Jesus?
Jesus is most widely understood in the faith as God coming to earth as a man. We say it with ease, just like we’ve heard it repeated countless times before – rarely do we consider it further. But what exactly does it say about God, that He would become a man? And more importantly, what does it say about us?
Jesus is human, and He is God, and through Him we were created. So if God has made us and Jesus has come to us, how do we miss Him? If we live and move and have our being in Him, why does He sometimes seem absent? Perhaps we’re looking in the wrong place, and our perspective is skewed.
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas, many of us find ourselves feeling far from Him – like we’ve either let Him down at some point, or that we’ve missed out on Him being in our lives somehow. Listen and find out why Jesus isn’t far at all, if we know where to look for Him.
As we start the new year, opportunity lies in front of us. Resolutions are made, the best of intentions are laid out, but then what happens? We find ourselves unable to change, despite our greatest desires. So then, what quality is it that we lack to impart change in our lives? And more importantly, how do we get it?
It’s a new year for us all, and with it comes resolutions, expectations, and hope. However, sooner or later we all come to the point where one or all of these have fallen short. In fact most of us get to the point where not only have things gone wrong, but we’re not even sure if we’re going to make it.
So, what do we do?
Work. It’s something we all do.
For some of us, work is a burden, weighing us down. For others, work is what we live for – it defines us. For all of us, it can sometimes seem like the work is never finished. So when Jesus says “It is finished,” maybe it’s time to look at our work (and the work behind our work) differently, and find what we really need – rest.
Jesus’ purpose on earth was twofold: redemption and revelation. However, most Christians are only familiar with redemption. So the obvious question is, why? Listen and hear why Jesus’ revelation of God explains both why we aren’t familiar with it, and why we can rest in it.
We all know we need grace. We sing about it, pray for it, ask for it. But do we know what exactly we’re asking for? Is grace some kind of force that we hope changes our lives, or are we missing something? Maybe if we better understood grace, we could better receive it into our lives.
Jesus often spoke of eternal life during His time on earth. A lot of us hear this and think “heaven,” while some of us hear this and merely think “fire insurance.”
So, what did Jesus mean by eternal life? And more importantly, how do we live it?