I sometimes wonder if we might not have a distorted view of Jesus. If we mold Him into who we think He is or who we want Him to be not who He really is.
There are people want a warm and fuzzy Jesus. Someone who overlooks sin and makes them feel good about themselves.
Others want a table-turning legalistic Jesus, who helps them justify their self-righteous angry outbursts and agrees with their judgment of “real” sinners.
Some people want a Jesus who will make them happy and prosperous.
And others want a Jesus who agrees with them politically.
Who is Jesus?
Who is Jesus to you?
My heart’s desire is to really know Jesus. Not who I want Him to be or believe He should be but who He is . . . the God in flesh Savior I so desperately need.
I’ve been guilty at times of making Jesus too small or molded my thoughts of Him into what I wanted or thought I needed at the time.
God and I have had several talks about it. I’ve confessed and repented of my selfish foolishness.
I also know I will never make Jesus big enough this side of heaven.
I can’t possibly understand the One who is the creator of everything, needs nothing, and loves everyone. The One who hates sin so much He died to rescue us from its death sentence consequence.
The God who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and present everywhere and the man who put on flesh . . . to save a lost creation. Fully God and fully man. The ‘I AM.”
The more I learn about Jesus, the less qualified I feel to talk about Him. Yet telling people about Jesus is my passion.
So, I will stumble over my words and insufficiently point to Him because I have to tell people about all He has done in my life.
He has removed my fear and replaced it with courage, strength, peace, and contentment. He has given me hope, shown me love, and blessed me in countless ways.
I love how David put it in Psalm 23.
The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need.
He lets me rest in green pastures. He leads me to calm water.
He gives me new strength.
He leads me on paths that are right for the good of His name.
Even if I walk through a very dark valley,
I will not be afraid because you are with me.
Your rod and your shepherd’s staff comfort me.
You prepare a meal for me in front of my enemies.
You pour oil of blessing on my head; you fill my cup to overflowing.
Surely your goodness and love will be with me all my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
If I just focus on those words 24/7, I have all the reasons I ever need to be thankful for Jesus.
But I wanted to dig a little deeper and get even more specific.
So, I found…
15 Biblical Reasons to be Thankful for Jesus
Jesus is love.
I loved you as the Father loved me. Now remain in my love. John 15:9
Jesus left heaven and became human.
“For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in Him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.” John 6:38,40
Jesus shows us who God is.
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. Colossians 1:15–16
Jesus died for our sins.
Christ Himself suffered for sins once. He was not guilty, but He suffered for those who are guilty to bring you to God. His body was killed, but He was made alive in the Spirit. 1 Peter 3:18
Jesus freed us from legalism.
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. Galatians 5:1
Jesus hears our prayers.
With Jesus as our high priest, we can feel free to come before God’s throne where there is grace. There we receive mercy and kindness to help us when we need it. Hebrews 4:16
Jesus prays for us.
Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Romans 8:34
Jesus gives strength.
Jesus will keep you strong until the end so that there will be no wrong in you on the day our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. 1 Corinthians 1:8
Jesus is Truth.
Jesus answered, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me. John 14:6
The law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17
Jesus is peace.
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Jesus will never stop loving you and me.
Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 7:24–25
Jesus gives victory.
But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57
Jesus is preparing a place in heaven for us.
There are many rooms in my Father’s house; I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. John 14:2
Jesus will never leave us.
“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
Jesus will return for us.
After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may be where I am. John 14:3
And these are just the beginning.
There are infinite reasons to be thankful for Jesus. So, I want to invite you to grab a Bible and get to know Him better. Not just in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John but Genesis through Revelation. Jesus is found in every book through promises made and promises kept.
“The salvation that was expected in the Old Testament is exhibited in the Gospels and then explained in the rest of the New Testament.” ~ Dr. James Boyce, OnePlace.
My favorite is to read the Bible in chronological order. You can find a reading plan here. I’m currently following a daily reading plan on the Bible Gateway App.
Whatever your reading plan . . . just get to know Jesus . . . not who you want Him to be or who other people say He is. Get to know Him through the power of the Spirit as you study the Word.
The more you get to know Him the more thankful you will be for Him.
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