Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Eph 1:3)
If your faith ends at the cross it misses the full blessings of Jesus Christ. Our faith in Jesus should effect every part of our lives!
You’re missing a Savior who, not only went to the cross two thousand years ago to redeem you, but one who also is alive to walk by your side in loving companionship.
You’re missing a Savior who can hear your prayers, who you can repent to when you’ve sinned, and who you can call to for help when the battle is going against you.
You need a Savior who is interested in all the affairs of your common life, and who can assist you in every time of need.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Ps 34:18, Ps 147:3)
A dying Jesus alone will not satisfy our heart. We must have the living Jesus and that is the Jesus the gospel brings to us: one who was dead and is now alive for ever and ever!
You’re missing a Savior who can be a real friend — loving you, keeping close beside you, able to sympathize with your weaknesses.
We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Heb 4:15-16)
“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God!” cried the psalmist, and cries every redeemed soul. It’s only as we realize the truth of a living Christ that our hearts are satisfied.
We crave love, a hand to touch ours, a heart whose beatings we can feel, a personal friendship that will come into our life with its sympathy, its inspiration, its companionship, its shelter, its life, its comfort. All this, the living Jesus is to us.
- J. R. Miller