Who is Jesus to you? | Faith | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | March 27, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: March 23, 2016 at 2:27 pm
As Resurrection Sunday (commonly known as Easter Sunday) approaches, there is a question to ponder. Who is Jesus to you?
Jesus is known to many by a number of metaphorical phrases: the lily of the valley, the bright and morning star, wonderful counselor, the prince of peace, the good shepherd, the light of the world, the Alpha and the Omega, among others. The question remains: Who is Jesus to you?
It depends on your individual relationship with Him, or if you have a relationship with Him at all. I cannot speak for anyone else, but to me, Jesus is my Savior, my all and all. He means everything to me because if He had not died on that “old rugged cross” and had not been resurrected on that third day to save a dying world, I don’t know where I would be today. I thank God for Jesus because without Him, “…life would be so rugged, like a ship without a sail,” as sung by the late great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.
Easter Sunday is not all about all the colorful outfits, the brightly matching accessories, baskets adorned with all sorts of goodies, and the huge family dinner. It is about the risen Savior who came to save a dying world so that we might have a chance to receive the tree of life. We must tell the world who Jesus is so that so many will not die in sin. Salvation is free. It doesn’t cost us anything to turn our lives over to Jesus.
However, all of the “hoopla” of excessive spending for the family to look presentable that day can cost in more ways than one. Therefore, please don’t allow material things to be your Savior. Acts 4:12 affirms, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (ESV).
This anonymous short story, “Jesus Saves,” from the Spread Jesus website, illustrates a sharp contrast between a life with Him and one with the devil. Enjoy and share!
“Jesus and Satan were having an ongoing argument about who was better at the computer. They had been going at it for days, and God was tired of hearing all of the bickering. Finally God said, ‘Cool it. I am going to set up a test that will run two hours, and I will judge who does the better job.’
“So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away. They moused. They did spreadsheets. They wrote reports. They sent faxes. They sent e-mail. They sent out e-mail with attachments. They downloaded. They did some genealogy reports. They made cards. They did every known job. But 10 minutes before their time was up, lightning suddenly flashed across the sky, thunder rolled, rain poured and, of course, the electricity went off. Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every ‘cuss-word’ known in the underworld. Jesus just sighed. The electricity finally flickered back on, and each of them restarted their computers. Satan started searching frantically, screaming, ‘It’s gone! It’s all gone! I lost everything when the power went out!’
“Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing out all of his files from the past two hours. Satan observed this and became irate. ‘Wait! He cheated; how did he do it?’ God shrugged and said, ‘Jesus saves.’”
Have a wonderfully blessed Resurrection/Easter Sunday and week, and never leave home without Him!
(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)