I’ve been working on this message for two days now. Hearing this song and the way it describes Jesus, Who He is, the amazing things He’s done for you and me, and just the power and life that His name signifies. I felt moved but I also felt extremely convicted. How could I claim I live for Jesus and then live like I have no idea who He is? The reason this message has taken so long to type is not because of busyness or length, purely because I’ve literally sat here at a loss of words on how to describe Jesus. The more I’ve sat and actually thought about His name and Who He is, the more convicted I’ve become. That’s the beauty of Jesus. The more we seek and intentionally think about Him, the more we see just how desperate our need is for Him, and how weak and broken we are without Him.
It kills me to think that I’ve so causally thrown around His name and mention the reason for the season, He’s easy to claim but actually being with Him and growing closer to the hugeness and awesomeness of Who Jesus is, that’s a whole other ball game. I could make a million excuses why I spend more time thinking about myself and my wants than thinking of Him. Why I spend more time watching tv or sports like it’s the biggest part of my day instead of looking into His Word and seeing what the Son of God spoke and sacrificed for me. It’s the easiest thing in the world to casually throw around His name like it’s a name tag we slap on areas of our life to make us feel better about how bad we are or for others around us to think we are better than we truly are. That stuff is easy and I guess that’s why they say following Jesus can be hard. Instead of taking selfies and constantly editing my pictures to make me look better than I am, when I look into God’s Word I see the truth about me and the truth is I’m not that great. It’s easy to be selfish and focus on the things of the world just riding with the flow of what everyone around us is doing but what’s hard is being selfless, following the example of Jesus and being completely different and focusing on completely different things than the world around us.
I live majority of the time as if Jesus is just any other name and I find myself asking too often after living this way, “who??” It doesn’t make sense how I could be so caught up in me and “fitting in” and still claim to know and live for Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the name above all names, the King of Kings, the Son of God, the Savior. Wow. The Who question brings a lot more into light when you actually start seeking answers. The answers in who He is lead to the WOOO!!!! Of praise upon realizing the fact that if it wasn’t for Him I don’t know where I’d be or what I’d be doing but I can promise you it wouldn’t be good. God came down in the form of you and me, took on a life in the flesh, walked against temptation and suffering like we could never imagine and was perfect and sinless with each step. He healed the sick, He gave life to the lifeless and He brought sight to the blind. And what’s awesome is at some point we all are sick, blind, and dead but Jesus didn’t just come to earth to bring life then, He was just displaying in person what He is still doing today. He took every sin past, present, and future, and sacrificed Himself on the cross. He died the death that me and you deserve to make a way for me and you when there was no other way. Purely out of love for a sinful, weak, and broken humanity, Jesus paid the price for me and you. Even knowing that some would always reject Him and some would still mock His name even after He was gone, He still sacrificed Himself. He took pain at levels we could never dream of, why? Because He loves us that stinkin much. While we were chained in slavery to sin and death with no way out, Jesus came and made a way. He rose on the third day with the chains of sin and death broken forever. He didn’t just offer forgiveness through His sacrifice but He offers new life, life eternally, a victorious life of freedom from the sting of sin and death. His name is the most powerful, most loving, name of all names. His name brings grace and mercy to a people who will never deserve it. His name brings hope to the hopeless, confidence to the fearful, joy to the depressed, and peace to the insecure. His name means life and by His name we have life like we could of never accomplished with our own two hands.
I don’t know how I overlook the presence of Jesus in my life so often like I do and treat His name so casually but thank God for His Word. Thank God we can come to know Him, seek Him and always find Him even greater and more awesome with every glance. I don’t know if any of my conviction helps you but if it does, WOOO!!!! Seeing Jesus in the fullness of Who He is can’t be treated lightly, because His light is too great to waste, His light is too awesome to keep closed off from us and the world around us. No matter what the cost it doesn’t matter because Jesus has paid the price in full.
The biggest part of this message is I don’t share my conviction and these realizations of seeing Jesus in a bigger, more deserving light, by no means am I saying I’ve got it all figured out. I’ve struggled and fell into temptation even after righting this. As bad as I want to sit here and ask why? And ask who? Because Jesus feels so far away when we are surrounded by our own darkness. I have no clue what I’m doing, all I know is if it’s left up to me then I’m in a lot of trouble but this is the message. The Gospel of Jesus Christ! I suck and because of Jesus I may still suck but He brings me to a life with Him that brings deliverance and victory over strongholds! Without Jesus I’m nothing. He’s the only good part about me.
I’ve never done this in a God Gold but I’m going to pray for me and you.
Lord, thank you for the life you give us. Not just each breath we breathe but the life of victory, joy, peace and freedom from all the things that try to keep us captive. Thank you for your sacrifice and thank you for your forgiveness. Without your forgiveness by the wild amounts of love and mercy you show towards us, we wouldn’t stand a chance. I come to your Lord on behalf of myself and whoever is reading this and I pray for your breakthrough! I ask that you break through the sin, evil, carelessness and clutter of our lives that fill our hearts and minds and take us away from seeing you in the true beauty of Who you are. Breakthrough Lord, shine your light into each area of darkness exposing us for who we truly are and teach us to come humbly before you, teach us to call on you whether things are going smooth or the times of storms. Teach us to trust in you and renew our minds with each moment to seek you, realize our weakness and incapability to live otherwise, and show us you Lord. Thank you for speaking your truth into lives filled with hearts who stray far from it. Thank you for loving us no matter what stage of life we’re in and teach us to move from selfish ways into your selfless ways. Renew us daily to see your truth above the lies we’re surrounded with and continue the show us where to set our focus, on you. Teach us, grow us, and mold us in our unbelief and move us closer to you and the life you’ve given us. Thank you Lord for who you are. Amen! WOOO!!!