Roughly two thousand years ago, people were waiting for a messiah, someone they thought would liberate them and bring freedom from oppressors. Few would recognize that the baby Jesus born on Christmas Eve was sent to bring life and peace – the true freedom their souls really desired. Many missed it entirely.
I pray you know it.
Because so many people still don’t today. I know because it was me for many years too.
We’re too busy, frantically rushing. We’re focused on things like:
- doing all the things and trying to keep up
- gaining people’s approval
- earning more money for a better house, better car, better countertops, etc
- climbing the ladder for more power and a better position
- focusing on our size and appearance
- getting more “stuff;” and
- being busy to look important
For a time, the world deceived me into thinking “all that” would satisfy and bring contentment. But it was and still is completely wrong and increasingly even more so.
I’m so thankful through God’s grace and mercy over some life-changing years of learning what really matters (still working at this) that he’s been breaking those chains in me to reveal true life.
Do you want to see it too? To know and savor real life?
You’ve got to look at that baby born roughly two thousand years ago and his life on Earth to understand. He didn’t come to give us our fleshly desires in our current life situation but to restore our connection to God. To help break sin’s hold on our lives and restore peace with our loving Father Immanuel, God with us.
When we truly get that, and receive His love, we experience surrender and find His peace – that is when we will truly live.
Throughout scripture, Jesus steers us to life with Him with these reminders:
“As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.” John 6:57
Feed on Jesus = Living
“Whoever hears my word and believes in Him who sent me has eternal life.” John 5:24
Hear God’s word + Believing Jesus = Eternal Life
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Jesus = Life
And that is the key that I missed for so many years even though I “knew” Jesus. It’s not just asking Jesus into our hearts so we can live forever in heaven.