Why Should I Love Jesus Christ?

What did Christ really do for us?

1.) He left heaven and came to earth

In heaven, hundreds of thousands of angels worshiped Jesus. He stood among them in complete and glorious splendor. But even more wonderful than all of that, He lived with the Father Himself; He saw, walked, and talked with the Creator, the Perfectly Good One. He had everything He needed in heaven, yet He left it for not a day, not a few months, but thirty-three years.

Not only did He leave this wonderful home with the Father, He traded it for a horrendous one; one where corruption, hate, murder, adultery, paganism, idolatry, and violence ran rampant. A home where from birth, His life would be hunted. He dwelt among the poor and lived as though He was poor—for us.

2.) He loved us

Jesus laid hands on the untouchables and outcasts; lepers, the blind, the lame, adulteresses, tax collectors, and He healed them.

He taught us what following God really looks like. He revealed to us the very character, the very heart of God. Instead of demanding to be served, He served and gave up His life—for us.

3.) He suffered the reproach of the cross

Christ was fully aware that He would be beaten, ridiculed, rejected, arrested, and eventually crucified yet He did not forsake God’s plan, but embraced it—for us.

4.) He defeated sin and death

Not only did Jesus make a way for forgiveness through His perfect life and sacrifice, opening the gates of heaven for all who wish to enter through Him, but He also conquered sin and death—the very power of Satan that kept the human race bound since the days of Adam and Eve. Before Christ died, we were helpless to sin’s control over our life, and victims of mortality. But through His willing sacrifice and resurrection from the grave, Christ frees all those who trust in Him from the devil’s works. Jesus brought deliverance, both now and eternally—for us.

5.) He gives us everything we need in the midst of this dark world

Peace:

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭27‬ NKJV)

Joy:

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. (‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭11‬ NKJV)

Hope:

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast … (Hebrews‬ ‭6‬:‭19‬ NKJV)

Companionship:

I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (‭Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭20‬ NKJV)

6.) He rewards us

As if all the fore-mentioned wasn’t enough, Jesus offers us heavenly rewards, gifts that never perish, treasures that never rust. He promises a crown, the right to drink from living waters in heaven, and healing fruit to eat; gates of pearls, and streets of gold to walk upon.

There’s so much Jesus Christ has done for us. Do we love Him with all our heart? Are we thankful to Him every day? Do we really understand how worthy He is, and thus live for His glory?

May you and I both grasp the depth of Christ’s love and how worthy He is of our complete devotion. This is what life is about for the Christian—loving Christ for who He is and what He’s done.

To my beloved brethren

To my brothers and sisters, saints in Christ Jesus, who have crucified their desires to His cross, and have been sanctified by the power of His Holy Spirit:

I am thankful beyond measure that God has so blessed and graced me with you all. When we fellowship, I experience love that goes far deeper than that of solely blood. You guys are truly family, and when I’m with you, it’s hard to leave. We talk until the late hour about the goodness of our Lord, and I promise I could live with you guys, all of you, under one roof, and not get frustrated by any of you. I love you all so much. You’re an inspiration, a burning light of encouragement that ignites and fuels me to press all the more into the intimate knowledge of our Savior and Lord. I cannot wait, Lord willing He finds me faithful until that day, to spend all eternity with you and our Savior. Your words of truth, words of genuine encouragement and power, always strengthen me. I experience with you all what Paul describes:

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”(Ephesians 4:11-16 ESV)

Thank you for your faithfulness to our King, and for building me up in love. I truly love you guys. Grace be with you always.

I came alive this morning on God’s great dance floor

This song is so amazing.

Here I am, upstairs in my sister’s room, bulky headphones on with volume cranked up, dancing, jumping, and spinning around in sheer joy. The words in this song embodied a simple truth for me:

I feel alive on God’s great dance floor.

It was just me and Jesus this morning; me dancing around like a child on too many pixie-sticks, and Him possibly smiling and chuckling at the display. Whatever His reaction, there was a moment while spinning where something just gripped my heart, and tears spilled from eyes–joyful tears.

One day, I will be in an amazing place with streets of gold, gates of pearl, and walls of precious stones. There will be living waters that look like crystal mingled with fire, and a Tree of Life containing healing fruits. But most incredible, God will be at its center, shining in such brilliance the entire city is illuminated by His glory.

His love will fill the hearts of everyone in the city, and we will all dance and rejoice, consumed with joy for all eternity.

I came alive this morning on God’s great dance floor. I pray when you listen to this song, you do as well.

Ever have a moment where you just felt so alive in God’s presence? Please do share it with me in a comment.