For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. (2 Corinthians 4:6-7 ESV)
When think of a friend or wonder how they are doing, we say that they have “been on our heart.” When we say that about Jesus, it has a very special meaning. He lived like no other because he is One of a kind. His ministry and outreach was completed to perfection, without sin and consistent in love and compassion. He told his disciples, “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).
He could have disciplined any sinner on the spot, but he didn’t because that was not his purpose. He explained, “Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” (Matthew 26:53-54). Jesus came to earth to make a way for redemption, not condemnation. And when you think about all the taunts, threats, and physical abuse he endured, you may have wondered how he did not go into a crazy rage.
And that is probably why Paul wrote, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). This wasn’t an easy task for him because he gave up all his rights as God and subjected himself to the will of the Father, obeying him until his death. The wrath of God was satisfied when it was poured all over him in a cruel form of capital punishment: crucifixion.
Christians who fully understand what has taken place and what Jesus did for them feel indebted to him. When the clarity of comprehension hits them, they walk with grateful hearts because the Lord still chooses to live in them. “For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:7-8).
We have a divine treasure in our hearts, and his name is Jesus.