Be encouraged by this email from Lauren Miller, our new (awesome) student ministry associate at Rockland!
One truth I have learned in my life is that it is crucial to understand who Jesus is and why He came to Earth.
Followers of Christ recognize that Jesus was the perfect example and teacher of how to live our lives during our time here on Earth. But if Christ is called “perfect”, then why would He, in all of his holy perfection, even consider coming to such an imperfect world?
Here is a different way of saying it:
Why would Jesus, the Son of God who is seated at the right hand of the Father, leave His heavenly realm so that He could come to earth as a man (fully God, fully human), to live a life of sacrifice, be tempted and persecuted, mocked and crucified, so that He could provide salvation on the cross for all people throughout eternity?
Bewildering actions for a perfect, glorious, all-powerful God!
1. Who Jesus Is
Jesus is and was God in the flesh. He gave the perfect example of how to live our lives during our time here on Earth. He is an all-loving God, jealous for His people because He views us as His most beautiful creation! There was nothing haphazard about his life—no wasted energy, not an idle word. He was on business for God (Luke 2:49).
2. Why He Came to Earth
God wanted everyone to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the Truth. To that end, Jesus gave Himself to provide a salvation from all sin for all men. He lived, He died, and He rose again all according to God's divine schedule. And even though this world is His by creation, He did not seek to make it His permanent abiding place. His plan from the beginning was to come to earth and provide a means of salvation in order to reconcile His people to Himself.
These crucial foundational points of understanding Jesus and His mission help us relate to Him and give us a greater understanding of Him as we study His life on earth.
Jesus’ life "from the manger to the cross", was all a part of the whole plan, of sacrificing His life in order to contribute to the ultimate purpose of redeeming the world for God.
Think who has influenced you in your life. Perhaps a parent, an older sibling, or a friend comes to mind. They impacted you because you knew them and trusted them. Our study of Jesus, "The Manger to the Cross" is designed to help us know Jesus so that we may be influenced by Him. Seriously take a moment and write down someone's name that has influenced you. (Maybe even call them up and give them some credit for impacting who you are.)
Also to think about: Is Jesus shining through you to them?
See you Sunday!
P.S. - I will be mainly with our young ladies in the student ministry, but I can't wait to get to know all of you better!