My dear friend Kimberly joins Word Nerd Wednesday again this week to talk about what it means to fulfill and how Jesus did that for us!
When I write blog pieces for Word Nerd Wednesday, I always go to Mr. Webster for his textbook definition of the word before I begin diving into what that word means to me. Mr. Webster has many definitions of the word “fulfill”. Among those are:
to make full: fill
to put into effect: execute
to bring to an end
to meet the requirements of
All of those definitions are appropriate when discussing fulfill, but today, I want to focus on my favorite definition that Webster’s dictionary gives: to measure up to: SATISFY.
Are you feeling less than Fulfilled?
We are 6 days away from Christmas. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? I sure can’t. Every year at this time I always say, “where has the year gone?” And it’s true. Every year goes by faster and faster. This is truly the most wonderful time of year. The warmth of this season brings joy and harmony. It’s a time to stop and reflect on the year that has passed. A season to slow down and spend time with our loved ones. A time we remember those who aren’t as fortunate as we are. A time to give thanks.
A time to remember what the real meaning of this season is truly about.
We make this season about so many things, yet the real reason for the season goes back over 2000 years ago in Bethlehem, in a small stable, where Mary gave birth to a baby boy named Jesus.
Luke 2:17 says ”And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn.” The King of Kings was born in a wooden barn.
You may be wondering where the word “fulfill” fits in with the birth of Jesus. Let me explain.
Paul the apostle tells us in Romans 3:23 “For the wages of sin is death…” The law was clear: the price of sin was death. All of creation that God had made had fallen into sin. God had already wiped out the earth once with the flood (Genesis 6), yet the sinful nature of His people didn’t stop. God promised never to wipe out the earth again with a flood, so what was He to do? There had to be an atonement once and for all for the sins of the world.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son….” In all accounts, this verse in John should be listed right after the story of the birth of Jesus. God did send His only Son. His only Son was born to a virgin girl, in a wooden barn, over 2000 years ago. His one and only Son, Jesus, was born a human and sent to die for the sins of the world. Jesus was born to die.
Jesus spoke these famous words in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Jesus was born, not to rid the world of the law, but to FULFILL the law through his death on a tree.
When you look back on the other definitions of the word fulfill and now look at them in light of what Jesus has done, they now take on a different perspective:
Jesus executed the law.
Jesus brought an end to the law.
Jesus met the requirements for the law.
Jesus measured up to the law.
Jesus satisfied the law.
Jesus FULFILLED the law.
Jesus Fulfills All
Friends, have you ever felt like you weren’t fulfilled or that you didn’t measure up? The reason is because Jesus hasn’t FULFILLED that longing in your spirit. He came to die to satisfy. That longing in your heart, that ache in your heart, that feeling that you just can’t shake…it was placed there by God Himself and HE is the only one who can fulfill it. Even if you already have Christ in your heart, there are still places where you need to allow God to fulfill where you are putting others things in place of: things that will never fulfill that void or that longing.
This is a time of year of remembrance. A remembrance of the greatest birth story ever told. A story of love, redemption, and fulfillment.
May you and yours be truly blessed this CHRISTmas season and may Christ dwell in your hearts forever.Do you ever feel unfulfilled or like you can never measure up? Discover the secret to satisfaction here! #fulfill #WordNerdWednesday @KimberlyPower Click To Tweet
Kimberly is southern bred in the heart of South Carolina. She gave up her roots when she married a Citadel grad who commissioned in the Army in 2003. Kimberly and her soldier husband have 2 boys, ages 14 and 11.
She’s been open and honest about her family’s time in a cult and uses her experiences to help other people.