What do we mean by Jesus the Life?
I may not be able to adequately express the matters on my heart. But Jesus is Life. Any form of existence outside of him is death. I know that sounds a bit cliche. Maybe I’d explain a bit.
Paul writing to the Ephesians said:
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
The idea of the word quickened there essentially means to make alive. Now see this, Jesus quickened us. He made us alive. He gave us life, we who were dead in trespasses and sins.
It didn’t say, You being made alive who were dead… But rather He quickened as though if He didn’t, there was no other way possible, either He does or we remain dead. He gave life because He is life.
It’s a consistent theme in the scriptures:
(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
I hope we noticed …even God, who quickeneth the dead… So now, if I ask, how did God who quickeneth the dead go about this, I hope the answer becomes obvious: Through Jesus the Life.
Jesus did not mince words, no one else dared to make any similar claims. Infact, no one could make any counterclaims.
The Apostle John, in Gospel witness he wrote down, captures a teaching session in the fifth chapter. Amongst the issues he penned down we find:
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
What kind of life are we talking about: Simple, the very life of God. Remember that in Christ the fulness of the Godhead dwells bodily.
Moreso, his life is the expression of the life of God, thus every time we contemplate on Jesus, it must be impressed upon our heart, that this manner of man, is a man walking and demonstrating the very life of God.
Finally, also we are impressed that we live on the account of His life. We can not execute the Christian faith without His Life. And this is one of the places wherein the moralist is wrong. He is attempting to live a life at peace with God without the life that makes for peace with God. Inorder words, he wants to live without Life. Well, good luck to him.