Words, Words, Words are abounding everywhere. We are in an election year and there is a lot of talking taking place right now. The words of famous people normally get our attention. If we received a personal phone call from the president, we would be anxious to hear what he had to say to us.
Without question, the words of Jesus would have to be more meaningful than the words of anyone else. The preacher and songwriter, P.P. Bliss, said it well in the song titled “Wonderful Words of Life,” as the first stanza says: “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life. Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life. Words of life and beauty, teach me faith and duty; beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.”
There was a commercial I recall hearing when I was a teenager, “When E. F. Hutton speaks, everybody listens.” Well, I don’t know about that, but when Jesus speaks, everybody should listen.
It is a great blessing that we have the wonderful words of Jesus found in the Bible, which is the inspired Word of the living God. When we read the holy Scriptures, we are reading the words of Jesus Christ.
Now, let’s look at these words more closely:
First, He said, “Look unto Me” for salvation. In Isaiah 45:22, we read, “Look unto Me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” John 14:6 records, “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” Clearly, Jesus is the only way for us to have God’s eternal salvation.
Next, we find that Jesus said “Come unto Me” for rest. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus invites us, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus is the only One Who can give us the peace and rest our souls desperately need so many times in this life.
As we look further in this 11th chapter of Matthew, Jesus tells us in Verse 29, “Learn of Me,” the Truth, “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me.” A disciple of Christ is a follower and learner of the Lord.
Another thing Jesus’ words encouraged us to do was “Follow me” to lead others to Christ and His abundant and everlasting life. He said in Matthew 4:19, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”
The words of Jesus in Matthew 26:40-41, tell us “Watch with Me” to escape temptation to sin, “Could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation.”
Finally, Jesus gave us the formula, “Abide in Me,” for bearing fruit in our Christian life and for answered prayer. He said, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in Me” and “If ye abide in Me and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you (John 15:4 & 7).”
Jesus declared in John 6:63, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.” Yes, the words of Jesus will meet every need we will ever have, both in this life and in the life to come.
Randy Zinn is pastor of Russell Missionary Baptist Church in Russell.