Going through the worst of situations is hard. It gets still harder when you go through it alone and when you feel unloved. Your dear ones might have been with you, just to use and exploit you. Perhaps, the tough times take you through an illusion that no one loves you, that there is no shoulder to lean on and no friends who care. For few among you, the situation is still worse. It’s not just an illusion but a fact that your own dear ones have left you alone. But the good news is, whatever the case you still have someone who waits with loving arms to carry you through, to hear you speak, to love you, to comfort you and to be there for you always. Wondering who that person is? He is none other than the one who created you with such meticulous craftsmanship, taking utmost care that ‘you are beautifully and fearfully made’. He is the one who carefully knitted you together in your mother’s womb and has made your life so meaningful thus far.
Is that true?
When a mother extends such love over her child and a father such immense care, how much greater must be the care of Him who is the source of life? When a hungry child comes running to his father and asks him for bread, would he give it a stone? Or, if the child asks for a fish, would he give it a snake? If an earthly father with human shortcomings loves you so much ever since your birth, how much more is the love of Him who knew you even before you were born! It may be true that you haven’t heard Him speak or felt His love. But that isn’t necessarily a reason to deny His love. Perhaps you just never opened your eyes to Him before. This ‘someone’, who loves you, cannot bear to see you cry. He calls you to ‘come to Him when you are weak and heavy, to lean upon Him and to feel comforted’. Not only that, He also says “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”
Still not convinced? Are you thinking, “Even if there is a God who created me, He didn’t go through the pains I undergo”? “It is impossible for Him to understand my emotions?” Well, He came down to earth to live a life as you and I do. He suffered through humiliations, treachery, mockery, embarrassment and hatred. He even loved the people who subjected Him to such distress. He underwent every single emotion to understand you better and also extended His sacrificial love by laying down His life. His love for you made Him die for you. He came to give you life; life in its abundance. He is always with you and His love is unchanging. He will never let you down.
Who is He?
He is the Son of the living God. “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” God Himself testified of Him from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” All things were made through Him, and without Him, nothing was made that was made. Two thousand years ago, an angel appeared to Virgin Mary and said to her, “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” The birth of Jesus is unique in this regard. As promised by God, she gave birth to a Son and named Him Jesus, who was, is and will be the Saviour of the world.
Life and teachings
At the age of 30, Jesus started doing the work appointed to Him by God the Father. He preached the good news, healed the sick and even raised the dead. “The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing.” His teachings were so unique and full of authority. He said, “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Since many people started following Jesus, the rulers and the religious authorities became envious of Him. They planned to get rid of Him. But Jesus Himself foretold His death saying that he must suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
Death and resurrection
Jesus was finally arrested and was led to the high priest who was the judge of the Jews. They looked for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. At last, they accused him of calling Himself the Son of God. Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Some slapped him. As foretold, He was sentenced to death by the Roman Governer. Jesus had the power to deliver Himself. But He chose to die so that our sins would be forgiven. He bore our sins in His own body on the cross, so that we might live. “He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities…” He died on the cross. His body was wrapped in a clean linen cloth and He was laid in a tomb. Again as He had foretold, on the third day He rose from the dead. He was seen by many of His disciples and at the appointed time, He went up to heaven to be with the Father.
Receive His love
All of us have sinned against God and deserve the punishment of eternal death in hell. Jesus paid the price for our sins. His death is the ultimate penalty for the sins of the whole of mankind. He is the only way to heaven. No one can reconcile with the Father except through Him. “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.” No one else can save you from your sins, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which you must be saved. Receiving His gift of love doesn’t require you to do anything. “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Jesus has already paid for it on the cross. All you need to do is admit your sinful condition, repent and believe that Jesus Christ paid the price for your sins on the cross. “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God the Father raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Do you want to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour?