When Christ said that He came that we might have life and have it to the full (abundantly), He was pretty serious about it. Since the enemy came only to steal, to kill, and to destroy, Christ’s mission was to put an end to the work of the enemy. And needless to say, Christ made a public spectacle of the enemy’s defeat by triumphing over it on the cross.
In this age of commercialism and consumerism, is it really possible to live an abundant life in Christ? What makes life abundant? Is it measured in terms of material prosperity? Or, does it refer to eternal life?
The Apostle Paul said that “in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head of every power and authority.” (Colossians 3:10) It means that Jesus Christ is the focal point in which the promises made to the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, would be fulfilled. So when the time had fully come, God sent His son, born of a woman, born under the law to redeem those under the law. Christ, therefore, is the fulfillment not only of the law but of the promise as well. By destroying the work of the enemy, Christ brought blessings to all the nations of the earth. In Christ, we are complete.
THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD
When you look at the sky and stars at night, you will be amazed because they declare the glory of God, and for those who are well-trained they reveal hidden knowledge. Recent discoveries in the field of astro-physics are staggering to comprehend.
Consider this: on the fourth day of creation God spoke into existence billions and trillions of stars. Our sun is just one of them and it’s just a regular-sized star. One star, Antares, has a diameter that is 700 times bigger than our sun; and it is 604 light years away from us. If you travel by car at the speed of 100 miles/hour, it will take you 678.5 million years to reach Antares. Amazing, isn’t it?
Another star is called the Methuselah star – known as the oldest star in the universe. For all we know, the Methuselah star could be the first star that was formed during the day 4 creation.
THE EARTH IS FILLED WITH HIS GLORY
Pastor John Piper once said: “God’s glory is the ultimate purpose of all things”. It means that all things were created for the sole purpose of bringing glory to God. From the beach of Boracay to the northern lights (aurora borealis), from the amazing Niagara falls to the dry Sahara desert, from the Grand Canyon to the incredible fountain geysers in Strokkur– God’s creation explodes with indescribable beauty that proves without a doubt that the whole earth is filled with God’s glory.
OUR FUTURE DWELLING WITH CHRIST
Christ’s mission is to “seek and to save the lost”. He came to redeem mankind and restore our inheritance. When He was criticized for going to the house of the sinners, He responded by affirming that His mission was to save people who needed saving. It is the sick who needed a doctor, not the healthy.
Jesus Christ is not only a missionary but also a visionary. He saw clearly that after His mission, He is going back to the Father who sent Him. In John 14:2-3 “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” ESV
Here, he gave us the assurance that we, too, are going into that place where He went ahead of us. And He reminded us to be glad always because He is coming back to take us with Him. The Apostle Paul says that our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20) while the Apostle Peter says that we have an inheritance, reserved in heaven for us, ready to be revealed in the last days. (1Peter 1:3-5)
We may experience a little suffering but these are nothing compared to what’s waiting for us. Sometimes God puts people and situation in our lives not to annoy us or to trouble us but to make us grow strong in the faith. By exercising our faith daily, we could grow and become mature and ready to receive the fullness of God’s blessings.
Trials are temporary. It should not deter us from displaying positive attributes such as being loving, joyful, forgiving, with self-control, etc. which are the hallmarks of a true believer. The more we have the reason to remain faithful and stay close to Jesus so that His life will reflect clearly on us.