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April 20, 2019

21 Days with Jesus: Day 20 – Rediscovering the Christian Life

“But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in Him you will have life by the power of His name.” John 20:31 (NLT2)

Jesus Christ gave His life for us that He may offer His life to us.  When we rediscover who Jesus is, we discover that only He is capable of living the Christian life because He is the Christian life.  The Christian life is so much more than a set of doctrinal beliefs or creeds.  This was the point of John’s Gospel which, hopefully, you have understood by now.  He writes that we may know who Jesus is and who we may be in Him. 

Belief is the first step toward experiencing the life that Jesus alone can give us when we put our faith in Him.  The point of believing Jesus is who He says He is enables us to experience His life, clothing Himself now with our redeemed humanity!  This is the power of the resurrection!  It is what separates Christianity from any other dead, lifeless religion.  It is what makes Christianity so dynamic!  Christianity is not our best effort to imitate Jesus.  It’s not about our trying harder to live a holy life.  It’s the simplicity of trusting Jesus to live the life He lived then, lived now by Him in us!  What does that require of us?  Availability!  To experience that life that has no other explanation but Jesus living His life in us and through us, we are required to be restfully available and instantly obedient to Him and His Word. 

The Christian life is so much more than a change of destination from hell to heaven.  The true Christian life is not just heaven one day, but Christ here and now!  When Jesus died, He died to change my destination when I put my faith in Him; but, then, risen from the dead, He comes by His Holy Spirit to change my character.  Becoming a Christian begins the process of learning to be the Christian I have become, which is a lifetime of allowing Christ to live in me and do His work through me.  This is the Christian life. This was John’s great desire for us to know in recording his gospel.

“But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in Him you will have life by the power of His name.”  John 20:31 (NLT2)

Read John 20 and experience the risen Lord!  Join us at Woodlands Church campus near you to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ! For service times and locations, please visit our website.