God’s Chosen One, The Christ.
And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God."
John 14:6Jesus said to him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Jesus was grossly misunderstood by the religious leaders and the general public of His day. They simply failed to grasp that it was precisely because Jesus was God’s Chosen One – the Christ – that He chose not to save Himself; chose to endure the insults, the pain, the humiliation, and suffering. Had He saved Himself, as He was quite capable of doing (Matthew 26:53,54), we would have been lost forever! He came in our interest, not His own.
Actually, the Lord did not have to come, but He wanted to come in other to save us from the clutches of the satan. He did not come to earth just for the fun of it! He came for a purpose – to save humanity, us.
Death on the cross was the only way by which we could be saved. Jesus is the only way by whom we could be saved.
Jesus was God’s holy, chosen Lamb, set apart from the foundation of the world to be the perfect sacrifice that would take away our sins. Thus, He, the Lord of Life (John 5:26; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:16ff), submitted Himself to death on our behalf. He as slain from before the creation of the world so that we could be in His book of life (Revelation 13:8)!
Many times we fail to realize that we ought to be fashioned after Him. As He was submissive to the Father in all humility (Philippians 2:8b), we also must submit to God and face the scorn, insult, pain, humiliation, and suffering in the world for Him (Phil. 1:29) in order to be transformed into His image (Phil. 2:5). As we grow in our Christian life, our focus should be more on Christ and less on ourselves until He becomes our only focal point.
Jesus must be our Source of life. The more we keep looking at the Source, the more we will draw from Him, and out of us will flow rivers of living water influencing the lives of those around us, and bringing glory and honor to God. Then, no matter what Satan hurls at us through the world, we won’t despair for we will be firmly grounded in Him Who loved us and gave Himself for us. We will be convinced that He who could sacrifice so much for us is surely mindful of us. Knowing this, we will never doubt, but fully trust Him Who is eternal life (1 John 1:2).