Friday, December 21
Jesus above all
Scripture: John 9-11
John 9:5 I am the light of the world.
John 10:7, 9 I am the gate for the sheep.
John 10:11, 14 I am the good shepherd.
John 11:25 I am the resurrection and the life.
John 10:10 I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.
In these three chapters, Jesus makes spectacular claims about Himself—claims so outrageous that if anyone else made them, we’d think them crazy. Unhinged! But we take Jesus seriously.
He is the light of the world, and proved it by healing the man born blind. He is the resurrection and the life and proved it by raising Lazarus from the dead.
He is the gate—if anyone enters by Him, he will be saved and find pasture. It’s in this context that Jesus says others are thieves who come to kill and destroy, but Jesus came to give us life to the full.
Only Jesus makes Himself the issue. It’s a reminder to me to make Jesus the issue—always. Even at Christmas, when we’re tempted to be distracted by so many other things, Jesus is the issue. It’s all about Him. And He is offering us nothing less than life to the full!
Tim Johnson sent me this paragraph from the book, Man in the Mirror.
“Ron Jenson rented a travel camper and traveled around the country with his wife while working on his doctoral thesis. His task was to interview 350 Christian leaders. At the end of his tour, he made a discouraging observation. He said, ‘I found a great deal of zeal for God’s work, but very little passion for God.’ The one exception he found was Cru founder Bill Bright, who wept openly as he spoke about his love for Jesus.”
Tim said, “This was very convicting to me personally.” Ditto.
I was talking with a friend this week who reminded me that I’d told him, “Every pastor has a mistress: the church.” It’s true. We become more taken with the church or with ministry or something related to Jesus than we do with Jesus Himself.
But it’s simply all about Jesus. Stay focused on Jesus. Love Jesus. Love Him like you were the man born blind who received his sight. Love Him like you were Lazarus, raised from the dead, or Mary and Martha who received their brother back from the dead.
Above all, love Jesus.
Prayer: Lord, I want to love You first and most! I want to be a Jesus person through and through.