Jesus as the life

One of the important aspects of the supremacy of Christ is Jesus as the life. Eternal life is a primary result of Christ’s saving work. Jesus often says that this life comes through a relationship we have with Him.

Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true[supreme and sovereign] God, and [in the same manner know] Jesus[as the] Christ whom You have sent.           John 17:3

Jesus teaches that the relationship we have with Him is based on His commitment to us —

[a]I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd [b]lays down His[own] life for the sheep.– John 10:11

Then Jesus immediately contrasts that with selfish people who fail us, people who do not have Christ’s commitment to us.  They desert us in our time of need and do not care for us as Jesus does.  Jesus knows this world is full of relationships that fail.

The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. – John 10:10

It is a completely fulfilling life because of a love-relationship with God.  Francis of Assisi took on a lifestyle of poverty, but he did not miss the riches he gave up. Jesus explains this fulfillment —

Jesus replied to them, [a]I am the Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in Me [as Savior]will never be thirsty [for that one will be sustained spiritually]. – John 6:35

Without that we, we are as good as dead —

He who has the Son [by accepting Him as Lord and Savior] has the life [that is eternal]; he who does not have the Son of God [by personal faith] does not have the life.                    1 John 5:12

When people who are created for life do not have it, they are restless.

“To him who tastes God, all the sweetness of the world will be but bitterness. Taste, therefore, and see how sweet the Lord is, and thou wilt never weary of enjoying Him. It is quite otherwise with the love of the world, for the love of worldly things produces many fruits of sorrow ; thus, if thou lovest wife, children, possessions, houses, or honours, when these die or perish they procure for thee as much sorrow as thou hast had affection and love for them.”  Francis of Assisi

 

Great are You, O Lord, and greatly to be praised; great is Your power, and of Your wisdom there is no end. And man, being a part of Your creation, desires to praise You, man, who bears about with him his mortality, the witness of his sin, even the witness that You resist the proud, — yet man, this part of Your creation, desires to praise You. You move us to delight in praising You; for You have formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in You. Lord, teach me to know and understand which of these should be first, to call on You, or to praise You; and likewise to know You, or to call upon You. But who is there that calls upon You without knowing You? For he that knows You not may call upon You as other than You are. Or perhaps we call on You that we may know You. But how shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe without a preacher?Romans 10:14 And those who seek the Lord shall praise Him. For those who seek shall find Him, Matthew 7:7 and those who find Him shall praise Him. Let me seek You, Lord, in calling on You, and call on You in believing in You; for You have been preached unto us. O Lord, my faith calls on You—that faith which You have imparted to me, which You have breathed into me through the incarnation of Your Son, through the ministry of Your preacher. – Augustine

 

“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.” – Blaise Pascal

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