Why is Jesus Important in our Life?
We have no chance of being reconciled to God and being justified before Him without Jesus Christ. If sin is not atoned for, we cannot repent and be forgiven. If we cannot repent and be forgiven, we cannot be holy to the Lord. If we cannot be forgiven and also made holy, we cannot be anything but enemies of God who are under His wrath, in the realm of the devil’s dominion, and on the road to eternal damnation. We need Jesus because our relationship with God and our eternal souls depend upon being properly related to the Father through Him.
We each need a solution for both the guilt and power of sin. Jesus is the Father’s beloved Son whom He gave to die on the cross to be the solution for our sin that we utterly need. And even more importantly, He gave Jesus to die on the cross to gain us for Himself. We need to cooperate with Him in His solution for our sins. He is seeking faithful worshipers who are fitting products for His eternal kingdom.
Jesus is also the King of mankind, not only due to His deity as the second person of the Trinity, but even beyond that due to His love of righteousness and suffering for righteousness as a man. Due to that, He could be the Perfect Lamb of God to make an acceptable atonement for our sins and also be the forerunner for us to come to our aid, so we can run our race of faith acceptably and enter into glory with Him.
Here are some Scriptures describing these things.
On Christ’s atonement.
Isaiah 53:5-6: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities (our lawless deeds): the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
On Christ’s humility in going to the cross and being raised from the dead and exalted to glory as the Lord of all mankind and the Great High priest who is able to save those to the uttermost who come to God by Him.
Philippians 2:6-11: “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Hebrews 5:7-10: “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec (He was certainly perfect from the beginning, but this is a reference to Him obeying the Law of God and being faithful to the Father until the end, even in humbling Himself to the death of the cross) .”
Jesus puts these things together while speaking to His disciples after He rose from the dead.
Luke 24:26: “Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?”
Luke 24:46-47: “Thus it is written, and thus it behooved (was fitting for) Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
And then here are Scriptures regarding our need to walk in repentance and faith by abiding Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior in order to actually be saved from the guilt and power of sin and bear righteous fruit in God’s eyes; and also speaking of Jesus’ power to keep us and enable us to overcome when we do so.
Hebrews 4:12-16: “For the word of God is quick (alive), and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession (this was written to born-again Christians who had already entered into the narrow way to life in Jesus Christ). For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
John 15:1-10 (Jesus is speaking to His faithful disciples): “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.”
Along the same lines, the Apostle Paul exhorts Christians in Romans 6:17-23: “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity (lawless deed unto lawless deed); even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
In conclusion then we must turn to Jesus Christ, confessing and forsaking our sins before Him, continually praying for His strength and wisdom to stay faithful to His Word, and trusting Him to cleanse us and restore us if we fail. We should also give Him the praise and credit for the victory.
Our eternal life truly depends on this. He has made the atonement for sin on the cross; and He has the power and willingness to fulfill His part of His covenant to justify us, to cause us to walk in victory over sin, and to fit us for glory in His kingdom. We have to turn to Him in surrender to His righteous authority, break from sin to walk in the light of His Word (and study His Word to know better what is acceptable in His eyes and to overall understand His character and will), we must trust in His promises, and not give up on this.
We’ll end with two passages which look at each side of walking in, and obtaining, the great promises of this great salvation which God, in His good will, purposed and purchased for the children of men.
Hebrews 7:24-25: “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
Deuteronomy 10:20: “Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.”
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