We are designed to be in relationship, to crave love, to have belonging and purpose. Often our lives are spent seeking to obtain things, relationships, status, and rewards, searching for answers to the meaning of life. Until we recognize that Jesus is the only one who will fully satisfy the deepest longing of our souls, we often wear ourselves out chasing expectations of the world around us. Without Jesus, our souls are vacant and empty. Only He can bring our hearts the peace we long for.
Who is Jesus?
It is important we understand who Jesus is, and how this relates to our decision to follow Him. The actions of Jesus throughout the Gospels show His identity of being both human and divine.
Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). God clothed in human flesh, limited in time and space. From the beginning of Adam and Eve, when sin first entered the world, God promised He would send a Son, the Saviour who would crush the head of the enemy, Satan. Jesus came to save us from our sin, to give us hope and a new life (Matthew 1:21).
Jesus is the name above all names. There is power in His name. All authority belongs to Jesus both in heaven and in earth. He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).
"Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
Acts 4:12 NKJV
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
The God I Never Knew by Robert Morris