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A Souvenir or a Savior

A Souvenir or a Savior

Usually, when we visit places we had not visited before we buy souvenirs.  A souvenir is memento; something that reminds us of a place or time or experience.  We have just concluded the Christmas season.  During it we were exposed to a series of messages that introduced us to the birth of Jesus.  We explored some of the prophecies concerning this historic fact.  We looked at the events surrounding Jesus’ birth.  What are we to do next?  Are we to just keep baby Jesus as a souvenir or go on to know the Savior better?

John wrote his gospel to believers and seeking non-believers alike.  The gospel of John is a unique collection of real life events designed to challenge those who believe Jesus was just a man and not God in human body.  John’s intent is to present Christ’s deity (Son of God).  His gospel is topical, not chronological.  It revolves around eight (8) miracles and seven (7) “I am” statements made by Jesus.  Why did God have John write this gospel?  He wrote it to prove conclusively that Jesus is the Son of God and to ignite believing faith in those who read it. (John 20:30–31)

Two points to meditate on.  First, JESUS CHRIST IS GOD (John 1:1–5, 14, 16–18).  John begins this gospel by laying the foundation of our faith; the second person of the trinity, God the Son, left heaven and came down to earth, becoming human to fulfill His eternal plan of redeeming us from the mess we are in because of our sin.  Christ has always existed in perfect fellowship with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.  Even when He limited Himself to a human body, He was God.  He is the Creator of everything and everything subsists in Him.  Now, life was not created; life existed in Christ.  We are dependent on Christ for life.  Our existence (spiritually and physically) depends on God’s sustaining power.

Christ is not only creator and the sustainer of all created things, but He is the only one who can bring to light our own sin and dissipate its power.  In Him is life and He is the light that overcome our sinfulness. (John 8:12)

Just as Jehovah manifested His glory in the Holy of Holies, the Son of God, the second person of the Godhead, displayed His glory for us to see by taking on a human body and walking on this earth.  He is full of grace and truth; the author of perfect redemption and perfect revelation.  Do you want to know God and live with Him forever; Jesus Christ is your answer.  Do you want to know truth; Jesus Christ is your source of perfect truth.

We are all sinners (Romans 3:23) and on our way to eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23).  We all need God’s love, unmerited as it may be.  Jesus is our source for unmerited love.  He loves you just as you are and loves you so much that He will continue loving you while, with His help, you put your life together.  That process will not end here on this side of eternity; He will finish it Himself by the time you get into His presence.

Second, JESUS CHRIST IS ELUSIVE (John 1:10–13).  Jesus came to this world and the world He created did not recognize Him.  He came to redeem His creation through redeeming His people and His people did not receive Him; they missed Him all together!  What’s wrong with that? There are many around us that are living a lie.  They believe in the wrong Jesus.  Many today believe in Jesus the Therapist who takes care of our maladies and then we go on to ignore him until the next malady shows up.  You are missing the real Jesus.

The message is simple; either you got Him or you missed Him, or, you got him and continue to miss him.  To you, who have not yet settled your life with God, don’t miss Him.  Jesus told His disciples and is telling you today, “…he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going…believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” (John 12:35–36, NKJV)   Jesus Christ is life and is light.  Those who trust in Him are sons of light.  Have you trusted Jesus Christ as the light that will overcome the sin that is messing up your life and is leading you in the path of eternal separation from God?  Will you trust Him today?

To those who have already received Jesus Christ as Savior, don’t miss making Him the Lord of your life.  Paul told the brethren in Ephesus (and to us today) that in Christ, “…you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,” (Ephesians 2:19, NKJV).  He is not a souvenir, not a memento to remember Him once in a while.  Live every day in a manner worthy of being a child of God.