For many, life is a mystery.
It need not be.
The root of the mystery lies in our confusion which is caused primarily by the limitations of our language.
In the Gospel of John, Chapter 14, verse 6, JESUS said “I am the way the truth and the ‘LIFE’”.
And earlier in the same Gospel in Chapter 10, verse 10, HE said, “I came that you might have an abundant ‘LIFE’”.
What did HE intend for us to understand by the word ‘LIFE’ as HE used it in this passage?
Did HE mean ‘existence’, or ‘being’?
Or did HE intend for us to understand ‘LIFE’ to mean something far more significant than just the processes we go through to maintain our physical existence?
Did HE go through all the pain and suffering of an excruciating death on a Roman cross just so we could keep our bodies alive?
No, of course not. What then, did HE mean with this word ‘LIFE’?
HE meant NEW ‘LIFE’. (2 Corinthians 5:17) ‘LIFE’ which HE created us to live.
And just what IS this ‘NEW LIFE’?
It is ‘LIFE’ in which you no longer suspect that ‘something is missing’, because you have found it. It is a relationship with our Creator. (Ephesians 4:20)
It is ‘LIFE” in which you are no longer a slave to your fleshly cravings, because HE has freed you from them by replacing them with even more delectable and fulfilling cravings. (Ephesians 1:17-19; Ephesians 2:1-10)
It is ‘LIFE’ in which you no longer have those “is this all there is?” thoughts.
It is 'LIFE' which is saturated with faith, hope, and love. (Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthaians 13:13)
It is anxiety-free 'LIFE'. (Philippians 4:6,7)
It is 'LIFE' in which your greatest problem is not being able to run out of things for which to be gratefu.
It is ‘LIFE’ in which you no longer feel empty, unfulfilled, or unfinished because you have HIS SPIRIT within you and you are complete in HIM. (Galatians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
It is ‘LIFE’ in which you no longer have to deal with the vagaries and the uncertainties of life ALONE because HE has been victorious over them (John 16:33) and HE has promised to be with you always. (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5)
JESUS speaks to the nature of this ‘NEW LIFE’. In Matthew’s account of the SERMON ON THE MOUNT In Chapter 5, verse 6, we have these words: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
In Luke’s account of the same sermon JESUS said: “Don’t worry about your (physical) life, what you will eat or about your body, what you will put on. The ‘LIFE’ (of which I speak) is more than food, and clothing. (Luke 12:22-31)
It is part of our fleshly nature that we hunger and thirst for that which satisfies our physical hunger which is necessary to keep our bodies alive and to desire, lust after those things that we are certain will make us happy.
But how much do we hunger and thirst for that which satisfies our souls….that which is necessary to nourish this ‘LIFE’ to which JESUS refers. A ‘LIFE’ for GOD, that we may fulfill the reason HE created us to begin with….to GLORIFY HIM. (Isaiah 43:7)
There really is a simple solution to the mystery of ‘LIFE’. It's right there in front of our faces.
It is in the nature and the importance of our relationships.
There is no way I can live ‘LIFE’ as I was created to live it if my relationship to my grocer, my golf clubs, my TV, my accountant, my wife (or significant other), my work or my company is more important to me than my relationship with my LORD and SAVIOUR.
And just why is that?
It is because we were created with two natures....a physical nature and a spiritual nature.
For HIS man creature to live the ‘LIFE’ HE created him to live, GOD knew he needed both natures. That without the spiritual nature, the physical nature would prevail. And that indeed, happened.
When man rejected HIS Creator’s sovereignty, his spiritual nature was corrupted which made it impossible for GOD to continue to live in that part of HIS creature’s nature (Habakuk 1:13) and that relationship was destroyed.
Because GOD’S purposes are never thwarted, to satisfy GOD'S covenant with man, that part of man’s nature had to be ‘reborn’. (John 3:1-21))
The only way that could happen was for CHRIST to come to earth and become man (Philippians 5:2-11), be the blood sacrifice for our sins (John 3:16), be resurrected and ascend back to HIS Father (John 7:39), so that CHRIST’S divine nature, HIS righteousness ((2 Peter 1:4) could again live in us and HE could again take HIS rightful place in our spiritual nature...as it was in the Garden before the Fall.
OH! REALLY? Hmm…