Good afternoon everyone! Happy Saturday! I hope all of you are enjoying this beautiful Christmas Eve. As you spens time with family and friends, count those blessings and mercies that God has provided. Thank him for all he has done this year.
I have a delicious sermon snack courtesy of Pastor Josh, which can be an appetizer to your holiday meal. I know you’ll love it. Don’t forget to share it with someone
When someone clings to something or someone other than God it makes us bitter and disappointed. Christ wants to live inside of us forever. It’s about who we know not what we know. The salvation miracle is not to do different things but to become someone else, Jesus Christ. Theres a transformation of what Jesus does inside of us. We must pursue the person of Jesus not the doctrine. It’s about a personal relationship. God’s love gives us the right to become children.
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.”
1 John 3:1 NKJV
God’s word is a standard for our lives so we can fulfill things that will last. God want us sold out and passionate and willing to lay down our lives. The standard is there to help us.
“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
1 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV
We are to love God first. Love isn’t a verb it’s a person. We must fall in love with the person of God. We can only act like Jesus when we know he is living inside us. When that happens we will naturally love others. Our perspective can be changed once we know who we are. God is love.
“Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes. But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).”
John 20:1-16 NKJV
When people are in love they don’t walk they run. The Roman centurions guarded the tomb and Jesus was not there. The disciples ran because they were in love. The reality of knowing Jesus helped him to see who he was. If we’re not running to God by faith, we’re running from something. Through the Holy Spirit showing us who we are, we are able to run to something out of love. Jesus died for a major reason. The miracle of the empty tomb was to show us that he is not limited by a place. He left and gave us the Holy Spirit. He now lives inside us and is right here with us. He leveled the playing field. To be a history maker we must press forward and not focus on the past. There has to be a love in our spirit.
“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:30-31 NKJV
“For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Romans 10:11-13 NKJV
There’s no shame in loving someone. Jesus had no shame in us and died for us. If we believe on him we will be saved. Don’t let the gospel serve you. Serve the gospel out of the love that’s inside you