John 18:3-4 3 So Judas, having obtained the Roman cohort and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. 4 Jesus therefore, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, came out into the open and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?” 5 They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He *said to them, “I am He.”
Jesus knew what terrible things were coming for himself and he stepped into it willing and calmly. He never fought back. That’s how significantly he desires a relationship with us. Jesus was tortured and died to give us true, real, abundant LIFE.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they would have life, and have it abundantly.
Do you get stressed and irritated about the people and agendas in our world that seem like they are attacking my way of life like I do? We must remember that Jesus is real life for us and He wants those that are attacking us to know Him too. Nothing I desire compares with Him. May we be filled to the full with Jesus so that others may see Him and want to know Him too.
So I challenge you and me today to go seek hard after Jesus. Jesus offers us life in the fullest. He doesn’t want us to worry. He doesn’t want us consumed with things that are worthless. He desires our heart be filled with abundant joy and peace. He took every sin we ever committed upon himself so we could know Him and walk with Him daily.
God has used Lysa TerKeurst’s Finding I Am Bible study and Matt Chandler’s To Live is Christ to Die is Gain to help me see how much Jesus desires for me to know Him and how He offers true life. I highly recommend both studies. Below is a declaration from Lysa’s study. It is just a screen shot because I’m out of practice and don’t know how to load a pdf. Click on it to take you to a clearer version that you can download for yourself.