What Are All Those Jesus Followers Pumped Up About – part 2

Continuing from part 1, consider this: 

As he came from his mother’s womb, naked shall he return, to go as he came; and he shall take nothing from his labor which he may carry away in his hand. Eccl. 5:15 NKJV

As it says, our entrance to and exit out of this world is similar physically. Yet, the follower of Christ has so much more spiritually:

…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Gal. 5:22, 23. CSB

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; its comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens]… Jas. 1:17 AMP

…[look forward and confidently] wait for [the coming of] His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead – Jesus, who [personally] rescues us from the coming wrath [and draws us to Himself, granting us all the privileges and rewards of a new life with Him]. 1 Thess. 1:10 AMP

By faith we receive and possess every spiritual blessing (Eph. 1:3), as we are fashioned to be more Christ-like in every moment, in preparation for our eternal bliss (2 Cor. 3;18). 

While we occupy this world, we have the surety of that everlasting serenity, because we have clothed ourselves in the justification of Jesus, our anchor, our rock; and now stand impervious to the wiles of the accuser, as long as we keep clinging to Him. We are spoken for, praise God.

And there’s more to be pumped up about! At the foundation of all the good things God gives and does for those who love Him and embrace His Son, is His grace:

For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God… Eph. 2:8 AMP

For the LORD God is a sun and a shield; the LORD gives grace and glory; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. Ps. 84:11 NASB

Jehovah God gives us His grace through His Son:

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth…Indeed, we have all received grace upon grace from his fullness… Jn. 1:14 & 16. CSB

…even when we were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of our sins, He made us [spiritually] alive together with Christ (for by His grace – His undeserved favor and mercy – you have been saved from God’s judgment). Eph. 2:5 AMP

By the blood of Jesus, we were given access to HIs Father’s throne of grace for whenever our need arises:

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. 4:16 ESV

Finally, the followers of Jesus are pumped up about Jesus Himself!

In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was [continually existing] in the beginning [co-eternally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him not even one thing was made that has come into being. In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the light of men. Jn. 1:1 – 4. AMP

Christ shares the powers of God (Heb. 1:3), and He holds the universe together and is an exact likeness of God and is Jehovah’s redemptive Agent. (Col. 1:15 – 20.) He was first a Spirit being, who, at His resurrection, became a God-man. 

God brought forth the Light (Jesus) for the deliverance of His children, from the sins that were drawing them towards death:

“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Jn. 1:29 NASB

“I am the Door; anyone who enters through Me will be saved [and will live forever], and will go in and out [freely], and find pasture (spiritual security). The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His [own] life for the sheep.” Jn. 10:9 – 11. AMP

Jesus laid HIs life down for us. What’s our part? To have faith and reflect His love:

“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him who He sent.” Jn. 6:29 NKJV

“…love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples…” Jn. 13:34, 45. NKJV

Jesus too, is the Guarantor of our portion of God’s covenant promises: 

 “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Jn. 14:13 NKJV

He is also our burden-bearer:

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and the burden I give you is light.” Mt. 11:28 – 30. NLT

Ultimately, Jesus does the will of God, which is to bring His wayward children back to Him forever:

“And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” Jn. 6:40 NKJV

And to do all that, Jesus is coming back!

“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Mt. 24:30 NKJV

“Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift your heads, because your redemption draws near…when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.” Lk. 21:28 & 31. NKJV

It’s time for you to be pumped up as well. All you have to do, is follow Jesus…

Goodnight and God bless.