This Easter season, we are focused on three aspects of Jesus: his life; his resurrection; his ascension. God’s purposes for Jesus, and for us, are clearly seen in the life we are to follow, in the promise of being raised above death, and to know the kingdom he left when he ascended. But first, the life we are to choose.
Jesus said, “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” (John 10:10, MSG) Who in their right mind wouldn’t want a life that is real and eternal? A better life than you could ever dream? Yet most people don’t choose the Jesus’ life! Here’s five reasons why you should follow Jesus.
First, the Christian life is the best life one could choose. In other versions, his statement in John 10:10 mentions “life to the full”, “life more abundantly”, “life that is rich and satisfying.” When you look at the fruits of this Jesus’ life in Galatians 5:22-23, who wouldn’t want more love for their fellow-man, more joy to lift the spirit, more peace for a troubled mind, more patience in the home and workplace, more self-control to overcome damaging habits?
Second, the final victory will come to the followers of Christ. The last page of the Bible says, “we won!” The book of Revelation can be a challenge to understand but remember the symbolic language and figures of this book were a message to the persecuted Christians of the first century that the righteous will prevail. Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords! In this life you will lose some battles along the way, but when you follow Christ, you will win the war!
Third, you owe it to the world. This sounds strange at first but who doesn’t want a better world in which to live? Jesus said of those who would choose his path, “you are the salt of the earth, the light of the world.” Proverbs 14:34 adds, “Righteousness exalts a nation.” You can make a difference with the One who changed the world!
Fourth, following Jesus will elevate your home life. From Colossians 3:18-21 (MSG), this life in Jesus causes wives to “understand and support their husbands”, husbands to “go all out in love for their wives”, children to “do what your parents tell you”, and parents to not “come down too hard on your children.” The damaged homes of our time would be blessed by following Christ.
Last, God wants you to accept his Son! John 3:16-17 (MSG) – “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.” God has done everything from heaven’s standpoint (his grace, his Son, his Spirit, his Word); now he stands at the door of your heart and calls you to a life that is “more and better than you ever dreamed of.” Choose the Jesus’ life!