If you ask me who Craig is, I will tell you he is my husband. If you ask me who Susan or Don are, I’ll tell you they are my mom and dad. Zeb, Anna and Judah? My children. Stephanie, Jessica and Steven? My siblings.
How easy is it to describe our family and friends? Even our acquaintances are easy to portray. When we are trying to jog someone’s memory about a person we describe them with words such as “the blonde in choir” or “you know, the sound guy”. Sometimes it may be “the guy who helped us move” or “the girl that sang at the funeral”. It is a simple task to describe those we come in contact with. We use distinct looks, a familiar character trait, even a talent to characterize someone.
But what if someone asked you who Jesus was? Who is Jesus? Would you be able to answer them? This question was brought up on Wednesday night at church. It made me think, because I could probably give you a TON of answers, but could I get you to recognize who I was talking about?
I asked my class of three year olds this question the next day. At first they kind of skimmed around the question (which is normal). But then, they really started to think. Finally one of them spoke up. “He’s our healer!” “He saved us!” “He’s in our heart!” They started to get excited and began naming of all of the attributes of Jesus that we had been talking about in our Bible story time.
The truth is, Jesus is all that and so much more. The only son of God. The baby born to a virgin. The child who was found in the temple listening and asking questions (Luke 2). He was a prophet, a healer, a teacher. He accepted the poor, the weak, the sick and the young. One of his “friends” betrayed him. He was an innocent man who was punished and ridiculed. He was whipped, had his hair yanked out, was spit on and was unrecognizable before his death. He was hung on a cross between two thieves. He died and was buried.
On the third day he rose from the dead, and continued to minister to his disciples. His ascension to heaven left us with the Holy Spirit and the challenge to bring others to Christ.
To me? He is the song in my heart when I wake up in the morning. He is the answer to any and every question I may ever have. He is the peace that quiets my heart in the middle of craziness. He is the best friend that I talk to every day. He is the best friend who will reprimand me lovingly and redirect my path. He is the one who lifts my head when I am too tired to carry on. He is my joy in the middle of heartache. He is the words that speak when I am at a loss of words. He is my comforter when my heart is broken and smashed into a million pieces. He is in the laughter of kids. He is the scent in wild flowers. He is the beauty in every living thing. He is my advocate when I am standing alone. He is my covenant ( A binding agreement; a compact) maker (One that makes or manufactures) and keeper (An attendant, a guard, or a warden). His promises are always kept, his mercies flow freely and daily. He is the one who gives my heart dreams and he is the one who sets those things into motion.
If you don’t know Jesus, or if you know of him, but you can’t say these things (or more) about him, I challenge you to accept Jesus into your heart and life. Admit you are a sinner and ask him to forgive you. Believe in him, read his word and pray and talk to him everyday. Confess it – tell someone to help you be accountable. You can find a local church or pastor and go to them. It doesn’t take some big production. It only takes you calling out to him. Now, will life become easy-peasy? Not a chance! But you will have this amazing person to call on and lean on anytime you need him. And, unlike everything else in this world, “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”(Deuteronomy 31:8)