From eternity past into eternity future… “The Jesus story! A manger and beyond!” Today, the day after Christmas, I’m reflecting on “His sinless life and selfless ministry.”
Can you imagine it… “He was tempted in all points (in all the ways) such as we are, yet without sin!” (Hebrews 4:15) I know the struggles I have with temptation… and I know the times I’ve failed. To my shame, I also know the times I’ve even entertained and wished for the thing that would tempt me. Not Him… in purity of heart and life He overcame! That’s why the very next verse assures (and invites) us… “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!” What a Savior! Jesus, not only an overcoming example – my helper!
Jesus also exemplified selfless ministry… both during His life (and in His death on our behalf)! Apostle Peter summarize His life accurately: “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38) In fact John declared, “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil!” (1 John 3:7) His early ministry was literally jam packed with miraculous, selfless ministry to others! In fact, I think one of the most characteristic acts of Jesus – a miracle that epitomized His ministry – was the day that he reached out and touched an “untouchable” leper with compassion and “cleansed” (or healed) Him. What a model for us! May we follow His example of selfless ministry “In His Name” as we approach the New Year.