What does it mean that Jesus is enough?To say or believe that Jesus is enough means that you need nothing else in life but Him in order to be content, joyful, or at peace. The reason He is enough is that His sacrifice on the cross once for all people paid for our sins and made a way for us to be united with God (Galatians 1:4; John 1:12; Hebrews 10:19–23).
Jesus fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies for the Messiah of Israel, and the promises He brings also apply to anyone not a Jew who believes that He lived a sinless life, died on the cross, was raised from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven (Romans 1:16; Galatians 3:25–29).
But this was just the beginning of His provision for us. Through Jesus, we have been given His very Spirit, who seals our souls until the day of redemption and who takes up residence in our hearts and minds, leading us in a godly life in our submission to Him (Ephesians 1:13–14; Philippians 2:12–13). The gift of the Holy Spirit is an incredible truth that believers in Jesus Christ can cherish and depend on as they are shaped more into Jesus' image (Romans 8:28–30). We need not strive in legalism in order to attain to Jesus' sacrifice. We have everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3–4).
Jesus said that He came to give life and give it abundantly (John 10:10). Though we are guaranteed suffering and adversity in this life, we are also promised His love, presence, joy, peace, and hope (John 16:33; Galatians 5:22–24; James 1:2–4; 1 Peter 1:3–9; 4:12–14). He didn't stop with His work on the cross, though it was more than enough for our salvation. He keeps going by making us adopted children of the Most High God (Ephesians 1:5; Romans 8:14–17). We are meant to be and can be lights in a dark and broken world because of Jesus' work in and through us (Colossians 1:13).
One of Paul's blessings in his letters to the Roman church was, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope" (Romans 15:13). Our hope is not in ourselves, others, riches (Matthew 13:22), rulers, or things, but in Jesus alone. He is enough to keep our souls afloat in the stormy seas of life.
Knowing Jesus is enough does not mean we are naively positive. Instead, it means we see the fallen world for what it is and are still able to believe that God can redeem anything and anyone by His power, trusting that He knows best who, when, where, and how. We need only believe (Genesis 15:6; Mark 9:23; Hebrews 11:6).
It takes time and a maturing faith to trust God in all areas of our lives that He is enough in our parenting, our education, our work, our finances, or whatever area you feel convicted to trust God more. Scripture assures of His wisdom (James 1:5), might (Psalm 50:1), and power (1 Corinthians 4:20; Ephesians 3:20–21) for us as individuals and for the world. He is making all things new (Revelation 21:5) and, miraculously, invites us into His Kingdom work as Christians (Hebrews 10:24; Matthew 28:19–20). Yet, He is and will always be enough to accomplish His purposes now and into eternity (Revelation 22:13).
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