Friday, March 18, 2011

The Life


“The Life” (John 14:6)

Jesus is clear; he alone is “the life.” He is the One through whom sinners can have life abundantly (John 10:10) and life eternal (John 3:16). He is not a way of life but the only true life. How can we know this is true? Jesus is the One who has the power over death so therefore he is the One in whom we can find life. He proved this fact three days after his crucifixion when he rolled the stone away and walked out of the tomb. He is the One in whom we can have life.

In order to understand what Jesus is talking about when he says he is “the life” we need to understand our condition. The Bible is clear when it says, “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1) and “You, who were dead in your trespasses” (Col. 2:13). We are spiritually dead to God. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 2:23). Until we realize this is our condition we will continue to reject true life which is found in Christ. No one is excluded from this truth. But the Good News is Jesus who is “the life.”

God, in his gracious plan of redemption, sent his only Son into the world to redeem sinners. Jesus came to make spiritually dead, God rejecting sinners into his sons and daughters. He came to provide the way for sinners to inherit eternal life with God in heaven. He came to justify those who would repent and trust in him. Simply put, he came to give us life, true life. The problem is spiritually dead people do not have life unless they are made alive. In Ezekiel we read, “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” The promise does not stop there, “And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules” (Ezekiel 36:26-27). This is an amazing transformation that can only be done by the grace of God through the work of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2 is one of the clearest passages about this reality. We already saw that the text states we are dead in our sins but then we read about being rescued by God’s mercy. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ” (4-5). We are made alive through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is “the life.”

Sadly the majority of people already think they have the life. They are living it up and finding their satisfaction is petty pleasures which never completely satisfy their soul. They are content to be empty and dead. But I know apart from grace that is the place I would be right now. Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can liberate the soul from the bondage of sin. If you see the trinkets of the world are not fully satisfying then you are on the right path. They will never satisfy you completely! Turn away from making the world your god and turn to the One who is eternally satisfying. Jesus Christ is “the life.”

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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