As Seen on Sunday: I AM. But Am I Enough?
Once the question dawns on you - and your inability to adequately answer the question - our immediate response to try to find a suitable answer.
And just how do we find answers today? We go to Google, of course!
So when I was posed with the question, “Is Jesus Enough?” I did what everyone with a smartphone does - I went to Google and I discovered some very interesting answers.
Here in the order that Google curated specifically for me are the answers to the question, “Is Jesus Enough?” I took the subtitle data from the pages (not the title hyperlink) to explain my answers:
- He might be! Buy this book to find out!
- Of course! (Duh!)
- We would like to show you, but we can’t (the school of Christ website is not Google optimized because it won’t glean subtext for display)
- Who do you think you are asking this questions!?!
- Free Shipping on Amazon!
Those were the top five, but here were some others of note:
- Would you trade religious success for Jesus?
- Is Jesus enough of a lover for you to remain single?
- Focus on financial stewardship
- In memory of Trut Gibbs
Searching Google for the answer to such a big question will take you in too many different directions. Seldom will you get closer to the answer because everyone is trying their answer. When we are on Google we need to learn to interpret the data we are given. Must of us are pretty good at despite never stopping to think about it.
Interpreting the answers
Let's look back at the first five list. What do the descriptions really tell us about the article?
- It tries to sell you the answer.
- It affirms your pre-conceived suspicions (whether they are right or not is of little matter)
- It can’t quite answer your question because it's not able to come up with a solid response and we don't care enough about our website to give you a good experience.
- It ridicules or pokes fun at you for even asking the question - you’re not worthy to know!
- It tries again to sell you the answer
Sometimes it tries to apply an answer to a specific situation in your life - but that only provides a partial answer to the larger question. This is what we run into with our second set. People will provide insight into their own lives and how Jesus was enough for them in certain situations. This is helpful to us in forming the answer to the big question, but its not quite complete.
So, Google didn’t really solve the riddle - and no, I didn’t buy any of the books. I’ve got a long enough reading list.
Still So Far Away.
After all my technologically advanced human effort, I was still so far away from an answer.
So I opened my Bible - to the Book of John and being inspired by Sean’s sermon last week I remembered that God proclaimed himself as I AM and that was supposedly enough information to convince the dictatorial Pharaoh to release the Israelite slaves.
So perhaps the answer to the question, “Is Jesus Enough?” is discovered in the answer to the question, “Who is Jesus?” and perhaps the answer to that question is uncovered by answering the question, “Who did Jesus claim to be?"
Through the book of John, there are 8 "I AM” - statements
- I am the bread of life (John 6:35, 48)
- I am the light of the world (John 8:12, 9:5)
- Before Abraham was, I am (John 8:58)
- I am the door (John 10:9)
- I am the good shepherd (John 10:11)
- I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25)
- I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6)
- I am the true vine (John 15:1)
Jesus certainly has a lot to say about himself 😀 as he echoes his Father’s instruction to Moses.
Let’s look at each of these statements and think about what they might mean for us:
I am the bread of life - He is your sustenance and joy
I am the light of the world - He enables us to see. He dispels the darkness
Before Abraham was, I am - He is not some passing fad
I am the door - He is our entry point to God
I am the good shepherd - He provides thoughtful care. He looks out for us.
I am the resurrection and the life - He came to make those dead in sin alive in Him
I am the way, the truth, and the life - True roadmap to the most fulfilled life
I am the true vine - Connects us with God and his children to one another
If these statements of Jesus are true and if their implications to your life are meaningful and both presently and eternally important - which I believe they are - then we have come to point where we can answer the question, "Is Jesus Enough?"
But I am also positive of this one thing as well - you already know what I am going to say. You know what my answer is going to be. You know that I believe that Jesus is enough. You know that I proclaim Jesus is enough, and you hopefully know, that I trying to discipline my life in such a way that my actions and my beliefs accurately portray each other.
Is Jesus enough?
For me? Yes.
But what about for you?
Is he enough for you? Is he enough to be your:
- daily sustenance
- guiding and illuminating light
- pre-eminent source
- entry point into new life
- gentle and caring shepherd
- victory over the death of sin and giver of new life
- guide into truth and life
- connection to God
If he is these things to you then you will be able to answer the question of the day.
If he could potentially be these things to you then you can answer the question of the day
If you claim all these things to already be “Yes and Amen!” then is your life accurately answering the question of the day?
Is Jesus enough? He is.
Is he enough for you? I invite you into find out.