Just Give Me Jesus
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15, NLT).
The title of Anne Graham Lotz’s recent book, “Just Give Me Jesus,” is a sermon in itself.
He is everything. He is all we need. He is sufficient.
“He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and He gave himself to purchase our freedom” (1 Corinthians 1:30, NLT).
“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see — kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him. He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together. Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, so he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross” (Colossians 1:15-20, NLT).
If we could just spend more time focusing on Him and not all the distractions of the world, even sometimes the distractions of religion, our lives and the world could be radically changed. There is no one like Him. He is God, made flesh, crucified and resurrected, and now sitting at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us.
An anonymous author made this striking comparison:
“Socrates taught for 40 years, Plato for 50, Aristotle for 40, and Jesus for only 3. Yet the influence of Christ’s 3-year ministry infinitely transcends the impact left by the combined 130 years of teaching from these men who were among the greatest philosophers of all antiquity.
“Jesus painted no pictures; yet some of the finest paintings of Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci received their inspiration from Him.
“Jesus wrote no poetry; but Dante, Milton, and scores of the world’s greatest poets were inspired by Him.
“Jesus composed no music; still Haydn, Handel, Beethoven, Bach and Mendelssohn, (also Wesley, F. Crosby and Gaither, etc.) reached their highest perfection of melody in the hymns, symphonies, and oratorios they composed in His praise.
“Every sphere of human greatness has been enriched by this humble Carpenter of Nazareth.
“His unique contribution to the race of men is the salvation of the soul! Philosophy could not accomplish that. Nor art. Nor literature. Nor music. Only Jesus Christ can break the enslaving chains of sin and Satan. He alone can speak peace to the human heart, strengthen the weak, and give life to those who are spiritually dead.”
I cannot speak for you, but as for me, “just give me Jesus.”
Yours for helping to fulfill the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
About the Author
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world’s population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, “JESUS,” which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Dr. Bright recently co-founded Global Pastors Network to “Touch, Teach and Train” a group of 5 million new house churches around the world 24/7/365 at http://www.globalpastorsnetwork.org.
Copyright (c) 2003, Bill Bright. All rights reserved. Used with permission.