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Jesus Is Better


"You can have all this world, but give me Jesus."

Many of us know this line from the beautiful hymn penned by Fernando Ortega. We know that Jesus is better. He is the "Sunday School" answer to the most difficult questions in life. Those who are Christians know that the name "Christ" is embedded into the heart of their faith and religion.

Do we truly believe that Jesus is better?

Doubt is one of the strongest weapons Satan uses against us. With doubt, we turn against our brother or sister. With doubt, we become unsure of our salvation. With doubt, we run from what is good and drink our sorrows away. With doubt, we place our trust on another individual who has not let us down and pray they will not make the same mistake.

Satan wants us to doubt that Jesus is better. Recall the story found in Mark 9. Jesus and his most trusted disciples have just returned from the mountain of Transfiguration. They have seen a glimpse of who Jesus truly is. They return and find a large crowd disputing with the rest of his disciples. A father tells Jesus about his son who has an evil spirit within him. This spirit tortures him; throwing him down, making him foam at the mouth, grinding his teeth and making him rigid. The father is concerned that Jesus' disciples were unable to drive this spirit out, this spirit tormenting his son since childhood. The father asks in verse 22, "if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us." Jesus said to him, "'If you can'? Everything is possible for the one who believes." Immediately the father of the boy cried out, "I do believe; help my unbelief!"

With this response, Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and casts it out of the son. How often we are like this father. We want God to forgive us if he is able to. We want God to grant us peace if he is able to. We want God to provide for us if he can. Our faith is rooted in doubt.

The song we are singing together this month, "Jesus Is Better," reminds us that Jesus is truly able to forgive us; truly able to give us peace, truly able to provide for our needs. 

In all my sorrows, Jesus is better;

Make my heart believe.

In every victory, Jesus is better;

Make my heart believe.

Than any comfort, Jesus is better;

Make my heart believe.

More than all riches, Jesus is better;

Make my heart believe.

Our souls declaring, Jesus is better;

Make my heart believe.

And our song eternal, Jesus is better;

Make my heart believe.

Until the return of Christ Jesus to reign forever, we must constantly trust in God as we believe in Him. We can be assured of our faith because Jesus is greater than our doubts and our sorrows. Let us look forward to the day when we will see him face to face and sing,

Glory, glory, we have no other King but Jesus, Lord of all!