“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written” (John 21:25, NIV).
If the life of Jesus could be described in one word, that word might be “abundance”. It was Jesus who stated, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10, NIV). When we look at the life that Jesus lived and the life he offered others, we quickly see that he personified the type of life that truly is the very best life.
Consider the countless miracles that Jesus performed during his lifetime on Earth. Jesus, while at a wedding, changed water into wine, and not just ordinary wine, but the very best tasting wine. Another time Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fish and fed more than five-thousand people. From the Sea of Galilee, Jesus provided the disciples with not one, but two miraculous catches of fish even when it seemed like the “fish just weren’t biting”. Jesus gave life to a dead man, sight to a man born blind, freedom from the demon-possessed, and the ability to leap to a man who previously could not walk.
And the really cool thing is that Jesus continues to give abundant life to all who ask. To the fearful and anxious, he gives fearlessness and serenity. To those who are conflicted, he offers a peace “…which transcends all understanding…” (Philippians 4:7, NIV). He gives hope and encouragement where there is neither. Jesus is a father to the orphan, and “…a friend of sinners…” (Matthew 11:19, NIV).
We have a Savior who gives abundantly. May we live the lives he has called us to live.