Philippians 1:6 (NKJV) ...being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
I remember those days as a youth pastor when the hardest Sunday of the year for me was graduation Sunday. It meant that things were changing and that a group of kids I had poured my life into was moving on. While I knew I would still get to see them on occasion, I also understood that things would somehow never be the same. I always checked my own heart and life during those days and weeks leading up to that day. I wondered if I had told them enough that “I loved them.” I wondered if I had taught them all they needed to know to survive our “crazy” world I was sending them to. I wondered if they really were convinced how much Jesus really loved them. Honestly, I often wondered if they could make it without me and their parents constantly being there. It was in one of those moments of wonder that I heard the Father speak something beautiful and comforting to my heart.
He reminded me that it never was me that sustained them. No matter how much of me I had poured into them, it was ALWAYS Him that sustained them. He reminded me that the part I played, while important, was only part of their story. He reminded me that He would see their story to completion. He reminded me that He always finishes what He starts.
So I don’t know if this message today is a message for Aaron, some moms and dads, or to the graduates themselves. It might very well be a message to all of the above. The message is this: God isn’t finished with them oryou yet. Sure, there will be days ahead when mistakes are made. Despite that truth, remember this. He will be right there with them. He is their hope and their joy and He is God. He will see them through the hard parts and He will see to it that they finish the race. I am confident in His Word when it says that He who started the good work will see it to completion. May these words be a comfort to all concerned. God is FAITHFUL!
1 John 1:1 (NKJV) That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life—
1 John 1:1 (TPT) We saw him with our very own eyes. We gazed upon him and heard him speak. Our hands actually touched him, the one who was from the beginning, the Living Expression of God
One of the most amazing events to ever happen on the earth is when Jesus came. You know the story: He was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, was eventually crucified on a cross; and a few days later was resurrected. All of that is amazing, but it is important to know “why” He came. The easy answer to that question is this. He knew I needed a Savior and I couldn’t be one for myself. He knew I needed someone perfect to accomplish what I could never do on my own. He knew the requirements of God’s law called for a perfect sacrifice and for the perfect blood of this perfect sacrifice to be spilled to fulfill the requirements of the law. He did all of that and more. While that seems to be enough of an answer for why Jesus came to earth, I think there is one more thing that we might need to examine. I think He also came so that we might know the heart of the Father in a new and better way.
John 1:1 says that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. 1 John 1:1 call Jesus the Word of life. If we are looking for a great translation for what this “Word of LIFE” really is, we need to look no further than the translation we find here. In essence, the best translation for what the “Word of LIFE’ really means is the “Living Expression.” In other words, Jesus came to earth and served as the “living expression” of the heart of God. We find in Jesus One who shows us more about the Father the Old Testament ever did. In Jesus, we find God to be more relational and more merciful than we ever imagined possible. In Jesus, we find not just our Savior, but our well, our healer, and our hope. When we see Jesus, we see God. He is the perfect“LIVING EXPRESSION” of all that the Father really is. His heart is God’s heart. His actions are God’s actions. His love is God’s love.