And that Man is Jesus.
My heart is filled with so much hope and love. I can walk day to day knowing that Jesus is by my side. When I read of his life, I wonder how I get to have the life I have and Jesus had to sacrifice so much. He loved, yet was betrayed by his own people. “And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”” Matthew 26:21. He trusted, yet those close turned against him. With all of this he still forgave and opened the door for mankind to walk into the presence of this Father one day cleansed by his blood. Why? That is a deep and longing love for man. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. That is a heart that I long for to walk like Jesus. Jesus walked the earth among the sinners he loved and always searched for the good. He taught us to find the good in others and to love others just as Christ has loved us. One of my favorite stories of Jesus’s love is found In John 8:1-11.
“1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”John 8:1-11.
I love that Jesus showed true forgiveness in this story and such an example for us all.
Finding Jesus in man today can be hard. We are a self-centered people, who long to be right, be better than others, and find fault. We protect ourselves from our own lives no matter the cost. This is a hard world to live in and find Jesus. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, “ Romans 3:23. Sometimes it seems like genuine Christians are few and far between. Christians forget who they are and what they stand for sometimes as we walk through this secular world of sin. God warns us of this world. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.” 1 John 2:15-16. Yet, even I find myself sometimes lost in the sins of this world. It can be very confusing to watch Christians live in this world today. I encourage us all to guard our hearts. “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” Psalm 119:37.
There is a Man I Admire
I do live with a man that I see Jesus in everyday. He loves, forgives, and challenges me to be a better person. He has been filled with so much pain, yet smiles and lives life to the fullest each day. Sometimes I wonder how so many people around him can cause so much hurt and leave so much pain. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24. I know Christ died for their sins just as he died for mine, so I pray. I pray for healing, I pray for answers, I pray for forgiveness – I Just Pray!. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24. Jesus left us with a new commandment and my husband lives this commandment each day. I am challenged to do the same by watching his example. Love your neighbor. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13: 34-35.
Closing Verse: Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
Challenge: Seek to be like Jesus and not the world.