Colorful lights shine beautifully amid the dark nights. Garlands of satin and gold adorn an evergreen tree. While elaborate displays commence a celebration, a simple nativity captivates our attention. In unison, we say, “Yes, we believe!” Our joyous giving is the song of our belief, but what about all the other times of the year?
Is Jesus conveniently left in a manger or do we live in loud proclamation of our belief? In John 14:6b, Jesus said, “'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The question is not whether or not we agree with who Jesus is. Rather, how does our belief in Jesus impact the way we live throughout the year?
Jesus is the way.
We live in a day when tolerance is expected. Differing opinions and views are everywhere. There's a difference though, in loving people and tolerating evil. If we live like we believe, then we will confront people with truth in love. Since Jesus is the Way, we will uphold all his ways in Scripture, not just the ones that are palatable to our culture. In Acts 4:12 it says, “'And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.'” Jesus is the way. If we believe in Jesus, we must lovingly direct people to know his truth.
Jesus is the truth.
In John 1:14, we discover Jesus is the Word, full of grace and truth. In a world demanding our attention to other things, do we rely on God's Word more than anything else? How is his truth impacting our life today? In Romans 12:2, we are commanded, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” We renew our mind in God's Word. Romans 12:2 is not a suggestion. It's a command. If we believe in Jesus, we will seek to be changed by him—who is truth.
Jesus is the life.
Day after day, the reality of this corrupt world wears on us. In a moment of unforeseen circumstances, it may be easier to find temporary comfort in the things of the world. We tend to search for wholeness—life—in all the wrong places. In Romans 8:11 it says, “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” Jesus is life. If we believe in Jesus, we will cultivate a relationship with him, by actively seeking him in all circumstances.
Ultimately, our life is proof of our belief in Jesus. We may loudly proclaim his name at Christmas, but let's not neglect to proclaim him throughout the year!
Today, we continue our Christmas study about Jesus. The title, “Who is Jesus?” digs into Scripture to study several attributes of Christ, as well as his fulfillment of Old Testament prophesies. Click here to download part 1 reading guide (weeks 1-2), and click here to download part 2 reading guide, (weeks 3-4). Complete them at your leisure. Check out this blog post to catch up on the short introduction to this Christmas study.
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