Planet Earth never had a better friend than Jesus Christ. Everywhere He went, thousands of people followed Him. They could not get enough of Him. Not because He was a motivational speaker, celebrity or great military man, but because He served and cared for people.
One Easter stands out in my heart. My granddaughter Mia was diagnosed with leukemia in January of 2010. A very bad type. Her body would not take the standard chemotherapy. On three different occasions, the doctors told us she might die. But our Church prayed earnestly. And each time she was to die, she lived. The Jesus who was raised from the dead was still healing! But that Easter morning, just four months later, our little Mia, dressed in a beautiful white Easter dress, stood on the platform of our Church with her family and thanked those who had cried out to God for her life. It was awesome. Easter proclaims He still lives.
Here are 4 things this Son of God did while He lived on here.
1. He healed the sick.
And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. [Act 10:38 NLT]
Even Islam declared that Jesus was a healing prophet. People brought to Him sick children, servants, friends, parents, and themselves. Often from morning to night Jesus would minister to the sick and see them well.
2. He told us the truth.
Real friends don’t flatter us. They tell us the truth. This Son of God was a prophet who loved people. As He traveled and preached, He told people that God loved them, but they were sinners. For people who thought they were better than others, He told them “unless you repent you will also perish.”
3. He loved and served His Friends.
John 13:1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends,” Jesus said. He spoke this on the same night that Judas betrayed Him and the rest ran away and left Him in the hands of the wicked.
4. He came to pay the ransom we could not pay.
Because everyone on the planet has broken God’s commandments, everyone is guilty. Like prisoners of war held captive, there would be no escape. But Jesus came specifically to pay a ransom. His life for ours. The just for the unjust. The innocent for the guilty.
There has never been a greater hero than this Jesus Christ. Some day every person who has ever lived will see Him for who He is, “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”