The definition of a lifeline in Merriam-Webster is a line (such as a rope) used for saving or preserving life.
Jesus is our lifeline. Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus made the perfect sacrifice for mankind. He gave His life on the old rugged cross, so we wouldn’t have to suffer the sting of death. As a believer, if we die in Christ, we will live again in heaven with Jesus in eternity. We all have the right to the tree of life because of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross.
John 1:1 (KJV) says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jesus is the Word that has become flesh so He could redeem us back to God by His perfect sacrifice.
John 1:14 (KJV) says, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.” Jesus sacrificed His spot in heaven for a short time to come to earth to show man that they could live a saved and pure life here on earth. Jesus is the second part of the trinity because you have God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. After resurrecting Jesus went back to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father to intercede for you and me.
John 10:30 says, “Jesus states that He and the Father are One.” When God needed a redeemer for man in their sinful state, He knew Jesus’s shed blood would wipe the slate clean.
Hebrews 10:5 (NLT) says, “That is why, when Christ came into the world, he said to God, “You did not want animal sacrifices of sin offerings. But you have given me a body to offer.”
Jesus lived on this earth for 33 ½ years. He went around doing good and doing the will of the Father.
The first time He performed a miracle was at the wedding when the host had run out of wine. Jesus prayed over the water in the water pots and the servants served the wine to the guests. The wine was a big hit because the guests realized that the host had saved the best wine for last.
But before He could be officially released into the ministry that was on His life, He had to be baptized. So, he traveled to the Jordan River so John the Baptist since he was the forerunner to Christ and he could baptize Him into ministry.
Matthew 3:13-15 (NLT) says, “Then Jesus went to Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. 14. But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me? 15. But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires. So John agreed to baptize him.”
As soon as Jesus was baptized, heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. The voice of God could be heard, “This is my Son, Whom I love; with Him, I am well pleased.” Then Jesus was then led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights. He was hungry afterward. So, the enemy tried to come to Jesus when He was in a weakened state. He came to Jesus because He was hungry to tell Him to turn some stones into bread. But Jesus was determined to finish the mission that God had given Him and told the enemy according to the Word of God.
The enemy tried to attack His identity, but stated to Him, “If you are the Son of God, turn these stones into bread.” The Word knows He was the Word and He knew the Word. He used the Word against the enemy. He replied to the enemy, “It is written that man shall not live by bread alone, but every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
The devil came to Jesus several more times to try to tempt Jesus into following his commands. But each time Jesus told the devil, “It is written,” meaning Jesus was using the Word of God to resist the devil. The only way we resist the devil today is with the Word of God. We have to follow the same example that Jesus gave to us. We don’t have to add anything to the Word or take anything from the Word. The Word is true all by itself. All we have to do is speak it and it shall be established.
We are to walk in the authority that Jesus has given us because we have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead living on the inside of us. We should be walking heavy in the Spirit. When we get up early in the morning, the enemy should be fearful of what we are getting ready to do to his kingdom. Jesus’s life here on earth and in heaven is our lifeline. That is why we must read and study the Word of God to know our rights and inheritance. Because of the legacy that Jesus has left for us to follow and pattern our lives by, He is our lifeline. He is the only connection that we have to get to God. We have to go through Jesus to obtain that privilege.
John 10:1 (NLT) says, “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber.” Jesus is the only way to salvation. Every time we pray, we must be saying in Jesus’s name before God can even acknowledge our prayers. Jesus is the only doorway we have to receive eternal life. Jesus is the only One that was resurrected from the dead. He died for the sins of this world but rose again on the third day with all power in the palm of his hands.
Revelation (AMP) says, “And the Ever-living one (living in and beyond all time and space). I died, but see, I am alive forever more, and I have the keys of (Absolute control and victory over) death and of Hades (the realm of the dead).”
Jesus is our only help for the evil that is going on in this world. He is the only help for all injustices, racial tensions, murders, sicknesses, and diseases. Jesus is our Savior and Lord of our lives. When we call out to Him and surrender our lives over to Him, only then will we be able to live more confident in knowing that God has our backs regardless of what may be coming up against us.
Having a relationship with Jesus is the greatest move that we could ever make in our lives because the partnership with Him is more than the majority. Jesus is our lifeline and everyone that doesn’t know Him needs to reach out and call out to Him and seek Him while He can be found. There will come a time in your lives that you will miss having that intimate relationship with Him. He loves us and wants a one-on-one relationship with you.
To the lost, lukewarm, stagnant, fence straddlers, and backsliders, it is time to get back into right standing with God. God is calling you back to Him. Do not harden your heart and keep rejecting Jesus. Time is winding down and it is time to take heed and run to God. Make sure that you do not leave this earth without having an intimate relationship with Christ. If so, by happenstance, you leave without knowing Christ that cancels all changes to get closer to Him and get to know Him. It will be too late to get closer to Him if you wait until He comes again to this earth. We do not have any time to waste. Seek Him now while He may be found because there are only two places that we can go when we leave this world. One is heaven but you have to die in Christ to reign with Him there. The other place is a place of eternal damnation where the temperature will be hot daily. There will be torment day in and day out. There will be no type of relief for you. There will be an ongoing sauna with flames coming out of it.
Luke 16:22b-24 (KJV) says, “The rich man died, and was buried. 23. “And in hell he lifts up his eyes, being in torments, and seethe Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”24. “And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.” Many other Scriptures talk about this place of torment.
Jesus has thrown His lifeline to us many times because He does not desire to see anyone lost. It is a choice that we must make to live for God on this earth then die and go to heaven, or live like the world and die and go to the place of forever torment. It is the choice that has to be made. There is no in between. It is either one or the other.
But as long as you have breath in your body, you have a chance to turn your life around for the better and accept the lifeline that Jesus is offering you. Don’t let another day go by without giving your total heart to Jesus. True happiness is found in Jesus alone, not in houses, cars, money, men or women. It is found in the true and living God and His name is Jesus. God loves every one of us and wants us all to make heaven our home, but the choice has to be yours. He is a gentleman and He will not force His will on you. You will have to come to Him willingly. He will accept you and welcome you into the fold. He will not hold your past against you once you have repented and made Him the captain of your ship(life). He is standing with His arms wide open, beckoning you to come to Him today. He will show you about real love and He will help you learn to love yourself. He will build up your confidence and show you how to walk in the authority He has given you. There is not a love that is greater in the world than the love that God has for each of us. Now is the day of decision. Make the right choice and choose life.
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Dr. LaRose Angela Richardson is the wife of Richard Richardson and the mother of Satara Cowan. She has one granddaughter Allara Cowan. She has lived in Southeast Georgia all her life. In May 2016, she graduated with a Doctor’s Degree in Theology from Crossland Christian University in Orlando, Florida. She is the co-author of It Cost Me Everything, written with Prophetess Kimberly Moses. She also has two other books that she has written. The first one is Walking in Total Freedom after Healing From deep Inner Wounds, and the second one is Prayers That Availeth Much. Her new book is The 180 days of Communing with God Daily Devotional. She has also started a blog this year, Grace Ministries Walking in Freedom, which can be found at ministerrich0628.blogspot.com.