Jesus changed everything.
This is not an overstatement. I could almost call it an understatement, because Jesus radically changes everything.
The birth announcement of Jesus to the Shepherds was this “Fear not, for I bring you good tidings of great joy that will be for all people. For unto you is born, this day, in the city of David, a Savior, He is Christ the Lord” (Lk. 2:10-11). The resurrection of Jesus was received in the same manner (Mt. 28:8), and so was the ascension (Lk. 24:52).
Jesus shows the world that God is true and faithful to His promises. This means that despite how life may look, we know that God remains true.
Jesus shows us that a new, glorified body will be given to us. He shows us this in his resurrection. This means that we can be justified and made more alive than we could ever have imagined (; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; 1 Pet. 1:3).
Jesus shows us that sin and death are not the final say. He overcomes them (1 Cor. 15:54-56).
Jesus shows us that God fervently desires to save and redeem humanity- so much so that He walked this world with us, showing us how to rightly live life. Because he lived with us, He is the Great High Priest who can sympathize with us in our weaknesses (Heb. 4:14; 9:11).
Jesus shows us that God truly gives good gifts (Jam. 1:17).
Jesus shows us that every occupation is worthwhile and worthy (Col. 3:17-21). He was a carpenter for most of his life, who called a tent maker to be one of the greatest apostles.
This list of reasons, which is nowhere close to being exhaustive, should spur us onto taking joy in life. God truly is love. God truly does redeem. God has promises which endure. God has eternal plans. God can take pleasure in our daily life. God overcomes sin.
And most greatly, let us repeat, God redeems! It is His work.
God gives us the ability to fulfill the chief end of man: to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.
- Hug your spouse, child, sibling, or best friend. They are gifts from God.
- Take joy in being able to pray. It is a gift from God.
- Celebrate God’s redemption.
- Enjoy your place of work. God makes work good.
- Rejoice, knowing that God makes all things new.
If you have any more “small things,” leave them in the comments below.