Friday, December 27, 2013

What Do We Do With Jesus?

God. Is. With. Us.
Jesus, our Savior, God incarnate, came to us in the form of a baby - a helpless, naked baby - born in a manger - with only his parents and the animals as witness.  No fanfare, no headlines, no family waiting in the next room to congratulate the new parents.
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
John 1:14
Now that He is with us, what do we do with Him?
This quiet, unassuming baby
asking nothing more than His basic
needs be met?
This baby born in the wood of the manger who would grow
to die in the wood of the cross.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16
God gave His son, they called him Jesus. 
What do we do with Jesus?
This man who would grow to heal the sick, give sight to the blind, forgive sins and cast out demons.  Not only that, He made claim that He was the son of God.
What do we do with Jesus?
Someone once said, "Salvation is free, but it will cost you your life."
That's true.  Salvation is free.  The penalty for your sins was paid on the cross by this Jesus. 
But there is a cost.
This Jesus said,
"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but, whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it."
Luke 9:24
What do we do with Jesus?
This Jesus, who asks us to deny our own will to do His.
This Jesus, who asks us to seek first His kingdom.
This Jesus, who asks us to love our enemies and even pray for them.
This Jesus, who asks us to serve rather than lead.
This Jesus, who tells us to love one another as He has loved us.
This Jesus, who longs to give us the peace only He can give.
What do we do with Jesus?
This Jesus, who loves us with the most unselfish love.
This Jesus, who feels our pain, our hurts, our losses, with a heart full of compassion.
This Jesus, who promises us a peace that passes understanding.
This Jesus, who desires for our joy to be full.
This Jesus, who longs for relationship with us.
What do we do with Jesus?
Simply this -
Receive Him!  Invite Him in!

No matter the mess of our lives, He will gladly accept the invitation!
Immanuel - God. Is. With. Us.

1 comment:

  1. So well said again, Donna. Do continue to write... I'm challenged afresh with each of your HeartEase entries. Sometimes it is HeartUnease for me, since nothing about self denial is easy. But best.