“He’s All I Need”

Posted: February 18, 2015 in Christian Life, Gospel of John, Money, Resurrection, Salvation

“Don’t leave home without it.” This is what one credit card company wants people to do. But what if that card isn’t accepted in some places you visit? What if it gets lost and you have no way of getting another one?

Money. With all the needs that people have today, is it really possible for one card to meet all of man’s needs? They tell us that money can buy a bed but not sleep; books but not brains; food but not appetite; finery but not beauty; a house but not a home; medicine but not health; luxuries but not culture; amusements but not happiness; religion but not salvation; a passport to everywhere but heaven.

Needs. What about our emotional, mental, and spiritual needs? How can they be met? Rather than our looking at another human being who might fail us, may we invite you to consider a very special Person? If, somehow, you could become intimately united to Him, you would really have all you truly need when you really need it (Philippians 4:13, 19). Let’s be honest, some of the things we crave aren’t really what’s best for us.

The Person. God is a spirit being (John 4:24). As such, we currently can’t see Him with the limited bodies we have now. (See Matthew 5:8.) In order for mankind to understand God better, One of the three Persons in the Godhead volunteered to add to His deity a true human nature that includes a body, soul, and spirit. This is called “The incarnation.” It occurred abut 2,000 years ago when the Lord Jesus Christ was born of the virgin, Mary.

Sign Miracles. The Apostle John recorded 7 sign miracles that Jesus performed to demonstrate to the Jews of His day that He was all that He claimed to be, the God-man, equal to God the Father in every way (John 5:18; 10:30; Colossians 2:9) and the promised Messiah (Christ) that the Jews longed to have come to them (John 20:31).

Grace/Truth. These qualities were wrapped up in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Grace is an extension of God’s love that was displayed to mankind as Christ hung on the cross to pay the debt of sin that we all owed to God (John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9). We know that God the Father was satisfied with His payment on our behalf because He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in heaven (Romans 4:25; Ephesians 1:20).

The Epitome. Truth was epitomized in Christ who claimed to be the only way to God the Father, the absolute truth, and the giver of eternal life (John 14:6; See Acts 4:12; 16:31). He always spoke the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) even when He drove out the money changers from the Temple (John 2:15). Without a change of mind (true repentance) they would perish (Acts 2:38). His Word tells us the truth about our sinful condition and offers to us the remedy for our sins (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; 5:8; Acts 16:31). Jesus displayed grace (unmerited favor) to the woman caught in adultery and told her to go and sin no more (John 8:11).

Waves. Someone has described God’s grace to be like the waves of the ocean that keep on coming wave after wave. It’s extended to us from the time of our conception until the day we die. It comes to us in our times of sorrow, sadness, and unexpected reversals in life. It comes when our responsibilities and burdens increase. And it comes to us as we get older and closer to death. But have you responded to His grace and placed your faith in Christ alone to save you (Ephesians 2:8, 9)? If not, why not now?

Friend. My father’s theme song for his radio broadcasts in Japan for 35 years was, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” It goes on to say, “All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” – Joseph Scriven. Are you bearing burdens that should be cast on the Lord (1 Peter 5:7)? He cares for and laid down His life for His sheep (John 10:11-18). Are you one of His sheep? Would you like to become one?

Shepherd. Can you honestly say “The Lord [Jesus] is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:1-3)?

Questions. Is your faith resting in God and His promises concerning eternal life (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24)? Do you have assurance of salvation (1 John 5:13)? If you’ve trusted Him for the biggest decision of your life, why not trust Him on a daily basis for your every need (Romans 1:17). He knows and cares for His own (Psalm 23:1; John 10:14; 1 Peter 5:7).

Suggestions. Memorize, meditate, and claim the promises that God has given to Christians (Hebrews 4:2). Live and enjoy the “Faith/Rest Life” and the “Abundant Life” now (John 10:10).  Display the “Fruit of the Spirit” as you are being led by God the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23; Romans 8:14). Be a good influence to others by the words you say and the deeds you do. Do it all for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31) and the good of others (Galatians 6:10).

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