BELIEF

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JESUS IS THE MOST INSPIRING MAN who ever walked the earth. It is by his principles of living that I aspire to conduct myself, and it’s under the free gift of his saving grace by which I so freely and joyfully breath.

See, Jesus isn’t just a man. He’s the Son of God. The Apostle John called him “the Word,” as in: In the Beginning God SPOKE all things into being. Yet from these opening pages his creation rebelled against him. We have a word for this. Sin. A disease with no cure, we’re tainted inside and out with it. The entire created order has been thrust into chaos. Show me a man without guilt. Death is everywhere. History reeks of its stench. And here’s the most terrible news of all. Because God is Holy, he has made it absolutely clear that no impurity can enter his presence in heaven.

But Jesus’ biography doesn’t end there. This same creator later left his heavenly glory with the unthinkable task, becoming his own creation, a man of flesh born unto a woman, who grew without celebrity status or worldly comforts, and lived a perfect life from start to finish, despite his sufferings, all in order that we may know him better in the midst of our rebelliousness and despair.

And yet his own creation did not recognize him. He was rejected by those he came to save, beaten beyond recognition, crucified on a Roman cross with murderers and thieves despite himself committing no crime, buried in a tomb, and three days later rose from the dead, appearing thereafter to a multitude of witnesses. Death could not contain him. History is testimony to this. Jesus is our proprietor, the perfect sacrificial lamb, and two-thousand years later, it is still by his wounds that we are healed.

Jesus himself once said, For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. This alone is the bullseye by which I aim to live. Jesus dispenses immeasurable dosages of healing freedom to those who look upon the cross, confess their sins, and believe. I know this is true for me, and I also know there’s currently millions of others from every nationality who would agree. I’m eternally grateful for having been introduced and for having known him. And when I face God in person someday, if asked what good I have done to deserve admittance into heaven, I’ll look to the man who has inspired me beyond words, my king and my savior, and ask that he show his crucified wounds, whereby my sins are paid in full.

Jesus has done everything. He isn’t just the most interesting man who ever lived. He’s the most interesting man who even now lives. And he makes himself known to everyone who calls upon him.