4 Ways that Jesus Gives Life and Why it Matters to Students

There are certain places in Scripture where my attention comes to a screeching halt. I can’t go further until I dig into what God wants to say. Today, I want to share with you four ways Jesus gives us life. No matter who you are, these four ways can touch on the areas of our lives where we tend to strive the most to find meaning and purpose. I hope these few minutes together serve as a pit stop along your spiritual journey today.

If you have a moment, look at your body in the mirror while you consider these facts. Here’s what you are:

  • You’re a skeleton of 206 bones, each with a perfect balance of calcium and collagen that give your skeleton strength with just enough flexibility.
  • You’re a 60,000 mile highway of blood vessels and veins (that distance could circle the world twice), carrying blood to all the furthest reaches of your body.
  • You’re a collection of organs and muscles, all working in synchronization to pump, contract, expand, filter, move, and process blood, oxygen, nutrients, and even waste. Your heart pumps about 100,000 times every day.
  • Through electrical signals, your brain communicates with all your systems. Your brain alone has 100 billion nerve cells. Your nervous system is working all on its own, but you can give it commands. Wiggle a finger right now. You’re in charge of this autonomous system of messages constantly being sent and received.
  • Finally, there’s the most important part of you. And it’s not visible on an MRI or an X-ray. It’s the spirit God has placed within you. It’s why you can attend a funeral and know that the body in the coffin isn’t the person you knew and loved. That person is not there. They’ve left that vehicle like you’d get out of a car that’s beyond repair.

The verse that always stops me are the words of Jesus to the Pharisees who didn’t believe He was/is God in flesh who came to earth to live, love, teach, heal, die, and rise again so that humanity could be reconciled with God, their Creator.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.” (Matthew 23:27).

So how does Jesus bring life to us today, and why does it matter? How do we avoid being what Jesus called “whitewashed tombs?” Let me share with you what I see from Scripture and can testify to because of my own experience.

1. In Jesus, you are brought out of darkness. The world exists in darkness apart from Jesus. There’s a reason Jesus called Himself “the light of the world” (John 8:12). But Jesus also says to His followers: “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). Do you know that’s the only statement Jesus said about Himself that He also said about His followers? So when you walk into a room, you bring the light of Heaven and dispel the darkness that may be present there.

Do you know that’s the only statement Jesus said about Himself that He also said about His followers? So when you walk into a room, you bring the light of Heaven and dispel the darkness that may be present there.

2. Let’s go back to those bones of yours. You’re able to function because of them. In Jesus, you have a purpose. You have bones. You have structure (1 Peter 2:9). Have you ever noticed that the world apart from Jesus is constantly chasing after things like money, fame, acceptance, and escape, to name a few? Apart from Jesus who gives us purpose, we chase it elsewhere. The life Jesus offers frees us from lesser pursuits.

3. How about those organs all working together? The life Jesus gives brings us into synch with His own Holy Spirit and partners us together in community so that we are able to carry out the mission He has given us (Romans 8).

The life Jesus gives brings us into synch with His own Holy Spirit and partners us together in community so that we are able to carry out the mission He has given us.

4. Finally, in Christ we are influencers to the world around us. Like those nerve cells constantly firing off messages, your life is a message of grace, hope, peace, and love to the world. And because of Jesus, we are shaping eternity as we love and serve those around us.

Your life reflects the love of Christ to the world, and people will have their eternity changed. What’s bigger than that? What path could you possibly take that could be more important than the self-denying path of life that leads you and others to an eternity with our Creator? (Romans 10:14-15)

Jerry Varner
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