Jesus is All We Need
Jan 22, 2018 781
Out of his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For…grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:16, 17 NIV).
John’s Gospel begins like Genesis, “In the beginning…” Then, following his prologue (John 1:1-18), John numbers off days until on the sixth day (see the three days mentioned in John 1:29, 35, and 43; then add “the third day” of 3:1). On this sixth day there is a marriage, just as there had been on the sixth day of creation in Genesis.
At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, when he was invited to the wedding at Cana, we are told that the wine ran out. In Genesis, sin caused all life, joy, and love to deteriorate and fade. And at this wedding feast, the wine ceases to flow.
The ultimate sadness of life is that nothing lasts. Neither beauty, nor strength, nor health, nor personality itself. Because of sin, all things deteriorate and fade. The wine runs out.
But the loving Christ, at Cana, shows us that only God is sufficient to meet the needs of his fallen creatures. Christ’s presence at Cana is a token, or sign, of the incarnation. God has not only pitched his tents by the tents of humanity, but has become one of us so that our lives might be transformed. He has given us the ultimate gift — a gift “too wonderful for words” (2 Corinthians 9:15, NLT).
Jesus is God’s “unspeakable gift”, as the King James Version translates the same passage. Though he was rich, for our sakes he became poor, that we through his poverty might become rich. In Christ we have all else as well: redemption, righteousness, wisdom, and sanctification.
Jesus is our Boaz, our kinsman Redeemer. He is the Lord of the harvest who invites us to his banquet, and speaks tenderly to us. He orders his angelic messengers to “drop handfuls … [on] purpose” (Ruth 2:16) for us that we might always have as much as we need, and be blessed.
Because of Jesus, we need never walk alone, for God has come to live with us, now and forever. He is forever “God with us” (Matthew 1:23).
In Jesus is found all the fullness of God and heaven. Humanity has a heart that is bigger than the world; however, God be praised, there is such a thing as “all fullness” available! God “has set eternity in our hearts” that we might be contented with nothing less than Jesus.
We eat and drink at his table, and are satisfied, and there is still an abundance left over.
– Des Ford