Jesus Cures All – Daily Message
February 15, 2021
Why is Jesus so important?
His life was lived 2,000 years ago, why are we still talking about Him?
What’s up with this man, whom people are lovingly obsessed over–or hate with all they are?
Why is He so polarizing and why won’t He just fade away, like any other fad or story?
What’s the deal?
Further, why am I so drawn to knowing someone more and more, whom I’ve never met face to face? Someone whom I simply believe in?
John 1:2 answers all of these questions. It begins by telling us, “He was with God in the beginning.” Meaning that they (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), decided to create this universe–as one and that my Creator–He, God, the Trinity, made me for an eternal relationship.
John 1:3 goes on: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” This explains His infiniteness, and our finiteness.
He always “has been.” We have not.
He has no beginning or end. We do.
Everything we can currently see, and feel will end, because it has a beginning.
However, our spirit is everlasting just like God. It will go on for eternity, with, or without Him.
We get to choose. He doesn’t choose for us. Hence, free will. This is what makes us like God.
So why Jesus? Why this man? Why not leave things as they were before He came?
Verse 14 explains the reason, perfectly. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…” Jesus is called the Word–capital W–as in, a proper noun.
Why is this? I heard it once said Jesus is called the Word because He’s everything God wanted to say to us! Jesus was and still is, GOD IN THE FLESH. The Word of God became flesh like us!
God was now literally speaking to His creation, face to face!
Why is that important? Why did He do this? Why can’t we just believe in and worship God without Him becoming a man? Why do we need this personal relationship with Him–as in, “in person”?
God became a man for many reasons, but three of them stand out:
We needed to know what God was like in person. Have you ever judged someone who you didn’t know personally? You thought you knew them, just by what others have said or what you’ve heard, but when you finally got to know them in person they were completely different than what your mind was already made up they’d be like? This happens all the time. It even happened to our Creator. God saw that not very many people really knew Him, intimately. So He became His very own creation! The Bible says Jesus has made him known (see John 1:18). The mystery of what God would be like in person is over! Jesus showed us God in the flesh!
We needed a perfect role model. John 1:4-5 states, “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not understood it.” Up until God manifested Himself in person, the world was just guessing as to who He really was. Everyone was feeling around in the dark, trying to understand Him. Sure, the Jews had the Law of Moses which included moral and ceremonial laws (over 600 of them, not just 10). But none of that stuff made them understand God perfectly. Jesus did just that! (See Hebrews 1:3). He set the example for us by gracefully completing every law in Himself, for us (see Galatians 3:13). He also overrode the Law with His teachings, miracles, and life! Jesus, the human, literally became a new agreement between us and our Creator! (See Hebrews 7:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21
We needed our sin-debt paid off with God, once and for all. God had a better idea than having to worry about keeping track of our debts with Him. HE WILL PAY IT OFF! ONCE AND FOR ALL! (Hebrews 10:10). And He took it a step further, making it the easiest process ever, to be forgiven for good: admit you are sinful, admit Jesus is perfect, and then believe His sacrifice on the Cross has made you perfect…viola! (John 3:16, Romans 6:6-7, 10:9, Colossians 1:22, Hebrews 10:14). Now that is a loving God! A God who would die for us while we were still sinners just to make us a part of His eternal Family who are now saints! (See Romans 5:8, Ephesians 1:5, 1 John 3:1).
To give one significant reason why God got down off His throne in heaven, became a baby on His very own planet, grew up, taught us, led us, guided us, and saved us – it would be this: He wanted to show us what real love is like.
That’s Jesus. That’s my Jesus. I know Him personally, do you?
Jesus, today I want to thank you for your life, and your death, and your life! Spiritually, I know you are the truth! Thank you for creating me for this relationship with you. Thank you for pursuing me when I ran from you, in my mind, as fast as I could. Even though you were in me the whole time, I didn’t know it! Everywhere I went, you went too! Life is good now, even when my circumstances are not. Right now, I lift up all who are reading this, directly to you. For those who don’t know that it’s you who keeps knocking on the door of their hearts, saying, “Invite me in,” reveal this to them! Show them that your way is the best way! Teach them how much you love them! Teach them how to love you! Teach them how to love others! Teach them how to love themselves! In your name I pray, amen.
One More Thought
God is Always Near
What a world Jesus left. The God of the universe was born into the poverty of a peasant girl and spent his first night in the feed trough of a cow.
John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and lived among us.”
The God of the universe left the glory of heaven and moved into the neighborhood. Our neighborhood! Who could have imagined he would do such a thing?
When God came to earth, he ensured our salvation, he ensured grace, he ensured hope, and he ensured something else—that we would never be lonely again.
Perhaps you feel lonely today. Perhaps you’ve felt lonely for weeks or even months. We cannot avoid loneliness. It is common to every human experience. But in Christ, God is always near.
God loves to be with the ones he loves.
© Credits: Alan Dupuis, Matt McMillen & Max Lucado – with All the Glory to God