Starting Over in Newness in Jesus
Isaiah 55:6-7 "Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near." WE MUST SEEK THE LORD : "Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord," WE MUST FORSAKE SIN: "And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon." AND THEN GOD BLESSES
Today Jesus is all we need, Jesus is all I need, Jesus is all you need!
- Remember we who belong to Jesus Christ all share an uncommon passion: we want to know Him more, serve Him more, love Him more, and please Him more.
- Remember that that God wants us not merely to hear what His Word asks, but to DO what He asks.
- How can we bear more and more fruit to glorify God this next year?
We are fruitful when we realize we are in Christ!
The overcoming or victorious Christian life is nothing more than a series of new beginnings. The blessed privilege Christ's grace offers us is to be able to start over -- clean and fresh and new, each time we run to Jesus and simply take what He offers!
ABIDING STARTS WHEN WE BELIEVE THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS
Jesus inspired John the Apostle to write this gospel around a seven sign frame. We learned that in chapter one Jesus is introduced by a seven-titled "calling card". What are the seven titles, and their significance as recorded in John chapter one? Jesus is recorded as being:
Jesus the POWERFUL Word (John 1:1),
Jesus the POWERFUL Light (John 1:7),
Jesus the POWERFUL God the Son (John 1:18),
Jesus the POWERFUL Lamb (John 1:29),
Jesus the POWERFUL Messiah (John 1:41),
Jesus the POWERFUL King (John 1:49), and
Jesus the POWERFUL Son of Man (John 1:51).
All the Gospel by John is directed toward this truth.
Jesus is the Christ or better yet, Jesus the Christ is the "living link" between heaven and earth. Christ is God's "ladder" between heaven and earth. "No man cometh to the Father, but by Me" (John 14:6). By this seven-titled "calling card" Jesus reveals to them and to us that the Christ, who is the Messiah, who is the only way to God is here!
The way to God is the Christ.
The truth about Jesus is that He is all we need.
Jesus is all we need for now, for then, and forever.
As we traveled and shared worship services with other believers across the country these past few weeks, one service stands out in my mind. It was the weekend the "shoe bomber" was in the news. The man at that little country church, who was asked to read the scripture to open the service read "Thou shalt call His name Immanuel, which being interpreted is - God with us" (Matthew 1:23). That man went on to say that we should remember that Christ was the message of Christmas. While he shared my mind began drifting to the "God with us" part of the verse.
Will you drift that way with me?
- When is it important to know that God is with you, and you are with God?
- When is it vital to know that you are on the only ladder from earth to Heaven?
- When is it time to know that you have a "living link" to the God of the Universe?
How about when you are on an airplane that has a man trying to light a bomb fuse in his shoe?
How about when you are in a WTC elevator trapped in a burning building?
How about when you are told after (or even before) the holidays, that you are fired, laid off, have failed, have lost you money, or lost your pension, or lost your position, or that you have cancer, are unloved, or any of a million other unexpected and devastating possibilities?
God with us means we are never alone, never isolated, never hopeless, never out of touch, never useless, never worthless, never aimless, never on a dead end road, never trapped, never outcast!