I warmly welcome you to this edition of the program, Building on the Rock with Pastor Murphy. This program is designed to empower you achieve your dreams in God through His word. It is an honour to share the all powerful Word of God with you today. My name is am Murphy Okpala. Today we will be continuing the topic “Jesus: Why He Came”, but before we go on with the discussion let’s listen to this lovely song.
Artist: Casting Crown
Song Title: Joyful, Joyful
Scripture: John 10:10
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I love the joy of Christmas season. It actually captures the essence of Christianity. I hope you are having a joy filled Christmas celebration with lots of gifts? In the Christmas tradition, today is Boxing Day when people exchange gifts with others. I like the concept of exchanging gifts at Christmas because that is the spirit of Christmas.
God the father gave Jesus to us as a gift, we gave our lives to Jesus as a gift, and then Jesus gave us as a very special gift to God the father.
You see, the season is all about giving and sharing, so join in the celebration. Give a smile, give a gift, rejoice and enjoy yourself. But most importantly the season is about Jesus and why He came into the world. So today I’m going to briefly share 3 things Jesus came to do on the earth and how it relates to you.
JESUS CAME TO GIVE YOU A BETTER LIFE. In John 10:10 Jesus boldly declared that He came that we may have life and have it more abundantly and this is available to everyone, including you. This life Jesus is talking about is a life of superior quality and it is abundant. Isn’t that just wonderful! You know everyone one earth is looking for a better life, we want to live in better conditions and be in a position to make a difference in the life of others.
Over the years Presidents, Governors and their wives endeavored to give their citizens better lives, and they work very hard to achieve this. However because of the limitations in man they can only achieve little. I remember some years back one of our President’s wife came up with a laudable program “Better life for rural women”. They worked quite hard but their efforts can only achieve marginal improvements. But Jesus who is in the very form God, without limitation declared that by His birth, death and resurrection anyone that comes to Him can have access to this abundant life.
When Jesus was on the earth, he demonstrated this life in healing all that came to him, providing food for hungry people and doing good to all. But this was just like a campaign strategy to show people what will happen after He dies and resurrects. I can testify that in my 11 years of walking with Jesus I have seen a good measure of this abundant life. It is available to you! He paid for this life with His blood so He can give it to you. All you need to do now is to receive this life. You can start accessing this life from today. All you need to do is to accept Jesus not only as your Saviour, but also as your Lord and Master. If you have faith in Him and you are faithful in doing what He says you should in the Bible, you will start experiencing this abundant life.
JESUS CAME TO MAKE YOU LIKE HIM. This is actually what it means to be a Christian. The word Christian actually means behaving like Christ or “Christ-like”. Jesus lived the kind of life He lived on earth because it was in His nature as the son of God to live like that. Once you believe in Jesus and receive Him as your Lord, you automatically take on the same nature as Jesus, becoming a child of God. John 1:12 says that as many as received Him and believe in His name He gave the power to become Children of God. This gives men the ability to live and behave like Jesus, especially in character.
For instance, Jesus was a very considerate man. I remember in Mark Chapter 6 after Jesus feed the 5000, the Bible recorded that he put His Disciples in the boat to go ahead of Him, while He sent the Crowd on their way. Isn’t that amazing! Jesus wanted to make sure that everyone was okay, both His disciples and the crowd –before He went on to pray. Now think about this for a minute, Jesus had taught the people all day in a deserted place. After teaching them He thought, this people must be hungry and it won’t be right to send them away hungry, so He feed them, miraculously. After that He ensured that everyone went home safely. How considerate is that. So as Christians we should be like that also.
Jesus was very patient, He was bold, He was very large hearted, He never refused anybody that had a genuine need, He was very diligent in His work, He was humble and He was a man of integrity amongst many more admirable characters He possessed. As a matter of fact He was the perfect prototype of the model ladies dream husband. The interesting thing is that as Christians we have what it takes to live that kind of life. Jesus made us like that through His birth death and resurrection. People should be able to say the same thing about you, if you say you are a Christian. So strive to be like that every day. It is in you!
JESUS CAME TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL IN YOUR LIFE. In 1 John 3:8, Apostle John stated that the reason the son God, Jesus was manifested was to destroy the works of the devil in our lives. The primary works of the devil Jesus came to destroy in our lives are Sin, Sickness, Poverty & Materialism, and the Fear of Death. Jesus destroyed all these things over 2000 years ago by His death and resurrection and whosoever believes in Him, has already been delivered from these things. Meaning, these things are not supposed to be seen in the life of a Christians because Jesus has already overcome them; and we are in Christ.
All these things have already been made available to every person who is a Christian. However to make these things your daily experience you have to know them for yourself, believe them, then start enforcing them in your life by constantly saying and doing what Jesus has done for you. Jesus is Alive and He is living in you by the Holy Spirit to help you achieve all that He has done for you.
Do not be discouraged if you are falling short in some of these areas. Only determine in your heart that you will become all Jesus has made you to be, and then yield to the Holy Spirit for help. He will help you!
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