Christ - Source of the Endless Joy-Filled Life
To begin our look at Christ's offer of endless, overflowing, joy filled life look at John 20:31.
Last century, blind Helen Lemmel wrote, "O soul are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see? There's life for a look at the Savior, and life more abundant and free. Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face…" And that is what we exactly want to do. Look with me at the credentials of the king of the endless joy filled life!
Jesus is introduced as the Savior of the world, in the Gospel by John. That is the purpose the Spirit of God moved upon him to write this Book. In the 1st chapter John introduces Jesus by seven successive titles of Deity. The last three have to do with the Credentials of the King. Have you considered His credentials? He has the authority and power to give exactly what He offered. Before we examine those credentials, look for a moment at His offer of an overflowing, endless, joy filled life in John 10:7-11.
"Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."
Now the question for each of us is this: If Jesus offers a life of never ending joys, and He is who He proves through His credentials that He is - why aren't we taking Him up on this life of endless joys?
Now for the credentials:
1st Christ's Names show he is the king of the endless joy filled life when John introduces jesus by the seven titles of chapter one
In a gospel written to the whole world, John presents us with the Divine Jesus. He is the Son of God -- his Divinity -- the Divine nature of God is very clearly seen. We have already seen John's incredible introduction of Jesus as the Word, the Dwelling Presence and the Glory of God. John reveals Jesus as God's unique ("only begotten," KJV) Son, and refers to God as His Father more than any other book of the Bible. The Old Testament refers to God as Father only 12 times, John 120 times! But there is one major theme that runs throughout John's Gospel: Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and if you commit yourself to Him, He will give you eternal life (John 20:31). In this first chapter, John recorded seven names and titles of Jesus that identify Him as eternal God.
1. Jesus is The Word (John 1:1)
2. Jesus is The Life and Light (John 1:4)
3. Jesus is the Son of God (John 1:18)
4. Jesus is the Lamb of God (John 1:29)
5. The Messiah (John 1:41)
6. The King of Israel (John 1:43-49)
7. The Son of Man (John 1:50-51)