Jesus, Centre of My Life
Who is Jesus to you? Saviour, friend, God in heaven, a man? It's always important to understand where he is in your life, in your heart, even if you're certain of your faith without any doubt. As we start to approach the end of Lent, it's important to keep this thought process alive and flowing, constantly remembering Jesus and his teachings, his love, and his sacrifice for us on the cross. When we remember the sacrifice for our sins, the suffering, piercing of the nails, we should remember God's love, such unending love that brings us to the fullness of life, and gives us the chance to find redemption. Jesus is the centre.
Today's Gospel states:'Again he said to them, "I go away, and you will seek me and die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come." Then said the Jews, "Will he kill himself, since he says, `Where I am going, you cannot come'?" He said to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he." They said to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Even what I have told you from the beginning. I have much to say about you and much to judge; but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him." They did not understand that he spoke to them of the Father. So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority but speak thus as the Father taught me. And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him." As he spoke thus, many believed in him' (John 8:21-30).
Today's Gospel talks about how Jesus is not only a man, but so much more. He is God's Son, acting in the will of the Father, pleasing God in his actions. The people questioned him continually, asking him if he was a prophet, one like Moses or Elijah. When he pushes them further, he surprises them, saying that God sent him, for them, God's Son and to do the work of the Father. Even now, there is no way we can comprehend exactly what this means, exactly what his mission was on earth, apart from that of the cross, and his sacrifice. Jesus is our centre. Take some time to ask God to help you remember Christ as your centre this Lent, and to renew your life.
Today's prayer comes from 'ransomed heart' a prayer to accept Jesus as the centre of your life:
Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God, that you died on the cross to rescue me from sin and death and to restore me to the Father. I choose now to turn from my sins, my self-centeredness, and every part of my life that does not please you. I choose you. I give myself to you. I receive your forgiveness and ask you to take your rightful place in my life as my Savior and Lord. Come reign in my heart, fill me with your love and your life, and help me to become a person who is truly loving—a person like you. Restore me, Jesus. Live in me. Love through me. Thank you, God. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.