Today we will be talking about a real and lasting relationship with Jesus because He is the only One that can fill and satisfy the void in our hearts and lives. I want to simply look at John 1:1-5. I do not want to go into too much detail with the scripture; I encourage you to do a self-study on this passage and allow God to reveal its mystery to you.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Let’s take a closer look at the Word that became Flesh. The word is Jesus who came down to Earth and became flesh like us to walk with us and be with us. As we attempt to make a case for Christ amongst the students, I would like to share a part of a sermon Ps Priscilla Shirer preached in 2015 as she reminds herself and her audience of who Jesus is. May we read these words as a personal reminder while we face many trials during this time.
“He is the first and the last, the beginning and the end. He is the keeper of creation and the creator of all. He is the architect of the universe and the manager of all time. He always was, always is, always will be unmoved, unchanged, undefeated, and never undone.
He was bruised but brought healing. He was pierced but eased pain. He was persecuted but brought freedom. He was dead and brings life. He is risen to bring power and He reigns to bring peace.
The world cannot understand Him, armies can’t defeat Him, schools can’t explain Him and leaders – they can’t ignore Him. Herod could not kill Him, Nero could not crush Him, the new age cannot replace Him. Jesus is light, He is love, He is longevity and He is the Lord. He is goodness and kindness and faithfulness, and He is God. He is holy and righteousness and powerful and pure. His ways are right, His word eternal, His will unchanging and His mind is on us. He is our Saviour, our guide, our peace, our joy, our comfort, our Lord, and He rules our lives.
We serve Him because: His bond is love, His yoke is easy, His burden is light and His goal for us is abundant life. We follow Him because He is the wisdom of the wise, the power of the powerful, the ancient of days, the ruler of rulers, the leader of all leaders. His goal is a relationship with us.
He will never leave you, never forsake you, never mislead you, never forget you, never overlook you, and never cancel your appointment in His appointment book. When you fall He will lift you up. When you fail, He will forgive you. When you are weak, He is strong. When you are lost, He is your way. When you are afraid, He is your courage. When you stumble, He will steady you. When you’re hurt He is going to heal you. When you are broken, He will mend you. When you are blind, He will lead you. When you are hungry, He will feed you. When you face trials, He is with you. When we face persecution, He shields us. When I face problems, He will comfort me. When I face loss, He provides for me. When we face death, He will carry us all home to meet Him. He is everything, for everybody, everywhere, every time and in every way.”
Priscilla Shirer 2015
This is who Jesus is. This is the Word that became Flesh. Jesus did not just become a mere man; He is everything described above. This is who we are living for. This is who we have devoted our lives to.
The last couple of months has been challenging for us all. It seems that as we go lower on the lockdown levels the negative state of the world goes higher. Have courage this morning, brothers and sisters. For greater is He (Jesus) that is in us than he that is in the world. In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Pray for our children.
Pray for our school.