Good afternoon, everyone! How’s your weekend going? I hope all is well and that you use this time to recharge and hang out with friends and family. It’s cloudy in my neck of the woods but it’s still a wonderful day. I thank God for his new blessings and mercies today. He’s so worthy and I’m thankful for all that he is.
At long last, I’d like to present to you the first sermon snack of 2016. These are notes from Pastor Josh’s sermon during our united service two weeks ago. Pass the plate. There’s plenty for everyone.
God’s loving kindness has drawn us to a place of repentance in Jesus Christ. It’s not about us. When we make it about us, we miss it. We must remain in faith because faith pleases God. Every once in awhile you need words in read.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
“And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.”
Revelation 1:8, 11, 17 NKJV
Three times he says he’s the alpha and omega, beginning and the end. We’re all struggling with something, but regardless of what it is we must know Jesus is the beginning and the end. It means that everything that happens to us, Jesus was their before it and after it. Everything is contained in Jesus. He’s been there, he’s here now, and he’s where we’re going. He is why we’re here now and he’s the reason we can trust him. If we can’t trust Jesus, we can’t trust anyone. The only person we can trust is Jesus. He came for us and loved us with a love that is unconditional. We must have faith, substance in things we can’t see. We have to lean on Jesus. He’ll never invade our privacy or take over without our permission. Jesus isn’t intimidated by the mess in our heart. He already has the heart needed for the transplant.