The ball has dropped in New York City. It’s 2016. How did you ring in the New Year? Did you make any resolutions?
A common resolution at New Year’s is to lose weight and improve fitness. People aim for that goal in different ways. Some strive to improve their diet; either eating smaller portions or switching to healthier foods. Others focus more on exercise; building up their strength or following a cardio workout plan. Any or all of those options can help a person lose weight and reach their fitness goal.
Some goals don’t have as many options. One goal in particular only has one option. If your goal is to obtain eternal life in heaven, the one and only way to reach that goal is through Jesus. Jesus is the world’s one and only Savior.
Many people disagree with that. Maybe even you. It seems like there might be many ways to reach such a goal. Perhaps Jesus is one option among many.
Jesus didn’t come to be a path; he came to be the path. Jesus didn’t come to show us how we could obtain heaven on our own; he came to show us his glory and to be our Savior.
Many New Year’s resolutions will be abandoned. We know how weak we can be. We are incredibly weak when we try to live up to God’s expectations. We fall horribly far short. Jesus is not weak. Jesus is true God who came from heaven. Yes, he became human like us, yet he was without our weaknesses. He was without sin, that is, he never fell short. His great love caused him to leave heaven and dwell among us. He came to take away our sins by giving his own life as the payment for our sins – every time we have fallen short. He calls you to follow him. He calls you to trust him as your Savior. He freely gives you the gift of heaven and eternal life.
Perhaps that’s a resolution you could take up: to follow Jesus. It’s not a resolution to discard after a few months. To follow Jesus is a goal that last an entire year, even an entire lifetime. It’s so worth it, because Jesus is the world’s one and only Savior and your one and only Savior.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:14