I have been preaching the Gospel for more than 40 years, and I have met many wonderful people. I have met a lot of people who want to live their lives for Jesus. I have heard people, especially many young people, who say that they want Jesus to be number one in their lives. And that is great to hear – you may very well say that Jesus is number one in your life. But I would like to take it one step further….
Many years ago, when I was working in the seamen’s church in London, I had a dramatic accident. My body and my brain were seriously damaged. I lived in pain and suffering for several months. But one night in my home, Jesus appeared to me. He filled me and the whole room with His glory. It was like warm oil moving around in the room and filling me with His presence. I jumped out of the bed with my hands lifted, and I praised Him in a new language. I didn’t understand a word of it, but I just felt that finally I could praise Him the way I wanted. It was so perfect.
When He was crucified, I was there on the cross with Him.
And I realized that I was completely healed, my body and brain were completely restored! A lot of things happened, and I heard a voice saying to me: “Now, you know you are crucified with Me. It is not you living anymore, because now I live IN you. And the life you now live as a person, you live through My life, through My faith, and through My strength. And it is all because I love you!”
It is all because He loves me! It is all because He loves you!
Jesus appeared to me that day because He loved me, and He wanted to tell me what He had given me because of His love for me. When He was crucified, I was there on the cross with Him. While He was suffering in pain, I was there with Him. His love for me made Him take me with Him on the cross. While he was suffering in pain and left alone without His father, he thought, “It is worth it because I am doing it for Bjørn.” And while He was paying for all my sins, my life was crucified. And when He was raised in victory, I was raised with Him. My own life was gone. But He had a new life for me - His own life. I now live through His life, through His faith and through His strength.
He IS my life. He IS your life.
So you see Jesus is more than number one in my life. He IS my life. He IS your life. Galations 2.20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
So when Jesus lives in me, I can always sing and praise Him. “Are you always happy?” you may ask. Yes, I can always rejoice in the Lord. I can, of course, feel sorrow in many situations, but I can stand in the middle of all difficulties and rejoice in Him. I am saved and He lives in me!
God loves you. He has always loved you and will always love you. There is nothing you can do to make him not love you. He loved you when you were created in your mother’s womb, and he wrote your name in the book of life. And you know what? He loves every person equally! Everyone has his or her name written in the book of life when created in their mother’s womb. His love is the same for all of us. As Revelation 3 says, a person can choose to reject Jesus and thereby be blotted out from the book of life. But God in His love is waiting for your response to His love. His love is the same whether you are good or bad according to this world’s standard.
Everyone has his or her name written in the book of life when created in their mother’s womb.
He loves everyone just as much as He loves you. The only difference between the sinner and you is Jesus! It was a revolution to me when I realized this. It changed my attitude toward other people. When I meet someone - it can be a robber, an alcoholic, or anyone else - I don’t think of them as sinners. I think of them as someone God loves. When they were born, their names were written in the book of life. And God is only waiting for a YES from them.
And as God loves every person, we can also love every person. Or more correctly, Jesus, who lives in us, can love all people. Romans 5.5 says, “God has poured out His love into our hearts by the holy spirit, whom He has given us.”
Say YES to Jesus, and let Him live His LIFE through you!