“What can the world offer you without Jesus?” -Thomas a Kempis
What would your life be like if Jesus was never born? What would the world be like if Jesus was never born?
Those are two questions that my Pastor asked a few weeks ago. It made me wonder what my own life would look like if Jesus had not been born.
I thought they were great questions because we often think about how great God’s love is. But how many of us have thought about the absence of Jesus? I sure haven’t because honestly all too often I take him for granted. I rest on the safety that he was born and he showed the world a love that was life shattering. Without his love and his presence here on earth I’m not so sure I would be where I’m currently at. I certainly wouldn’t have the purpose that I currently have. I wouldn’t know what speaking boldly looked like. I wouldn’t know what forgiveness looked like. I wouldn’t know what love really is.
If Jesus wasn’t born I wouldn’t of seen my Grandma stand firm on her belief in Him and what He does for us. That is the first person I saw that knew him. It wasn’t because she cited scripture. She had a deep love and trust for him that I don’t think many people saw.
But I saw.
I saw how HE affected her and that affected me.
Once I was saved I also saw other people love me in a way that I was not use to. My definition of love did not fit into how gracious they treated me. Without Jesus these people wouldn’t of known the kind of live to emulate. Without these loving people knowing who Jesus was I wouldn’t of known Him either. Because it was because of His love in them that I saw what true love was.
Without true love I never would have discovered what true everlasting hope is. Hope that is found only in Jesus. Jesus was born not only to save the world but to reconcile people back with God.
Can you imagine a world that never had the chance to be reconciled back with God? What would hope look like? We would still be living in early Old Testament thinking we were doing good but pointing the finger in judgment towards our neighbor.
Forgiveness wouldn’t exist without Jesus.
Grace wouldn’t exist without Jesus.
True love wouldn’t exist without Jesus.
Jesus wasn’t meant to stay here for a long time. But it was in this short time that he was here on Earth that we learned about who he is. We saw this intense love and forgiveness, this extreme love for His father, and for allowing himself to be sacrificed on a cross all so he can spend eternity with us in Heaven.
What would your life look like without Jesus?
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