I cannot count the number of times Jesus has really saved me. He saved me from my sins at the cross. He saved me from myself and issues I personally face – countless times. He’s the one I turn to when in need. And he provides clarity when I ask.
I once heard that the true measure of love is sacrifice. The day is quickly approaching when that ultimate sacrifice was made roughly 1,985 years ago. Jesus went to the cross, a historic fact that has been accepted by both Believers as well as many renowned Atheists. And Jesus knew it was coming and made the decision to stay there and go through the pain of it all for us, even while not knowing in that moment how you would personally respond to it. He loved us first.
If it weren’t for Jesus, I don’t know where I’d be. I may be doing what we call the regular routine, go to work, come home, go to sleep (rinse and repeat). But there would be that empty space inside. That space that we often try to fill with something else.
I remember that empty feeling. I would try to fix it a number of ways. I would say to myself, “Maybe I need a vacation, maybe I need to go buy something new, or maybe I need a new job. Maybe I just need some sleep. Maybe I just need that drink.”
There comes a time when a vacation is something worth investing in, or a change in careers is necessary, but all along, all I ever really needed was a relationship with Jesus.
Having freedom from that empty feeling, the feeling that something is missing is truly a blessing, a gift in itself. Jesus once said, “If you abide in my word (accept or act in accordance with), you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”