Wouldn’t it be terrible to meet Jesus and realize that the singer Joan Osborne asked the right question…”What if God was one of us?”…and we didn’t know it. We didn’t know him. Let’s celebrate this Christmas that Jesus was both like us and unlike us! And because of that we can experience the greatest gift…
John is going to show us several reasons why Jesus is enough. That we can rest in Jesus…the Word who “became flesh and dwelt among us.”…and give up on our ability to be good enough or to earn God’s favor. This Christmas receive the best gift of all…grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone!
Jesus came to bring us life and light. By being rejected by men, Jesus made it possible for us to be accepted by God. Do you sense the “light’s” presence. Have you welcomed the light into your darkness? Are you living in the light?
Jesus came to bring us life and light. By being rejected by men, Jesus made it possible for us to be accepted by God. Welcome the light into your darkness. If you are in Christ already, continue to live in the light.
Missing the sacred is nothing new to our generation. In Jesus’ day, Israel had lost touch with the sacred. Even though they were waiting for a sacred Messiah, when Jesus came, the masses missed the sacred in their midst. Let’s recapture the sacred names and movements of God’s story back into our lives.
Jesus ends his final words to his disciples with a prayer. A prayer for unity. This unity is not just an agreeable sentimentality. This unity is one that is founded in the Father for the testimony of those who have yet to believe. Any church that desires to have an impact in the community must…
In the midst of his final words to his disciples, Jesus keeps his relationship with the Father as a central element. Through all the worries and burdens of life, Jesus redirects the attention to the Heavenly Father who cares more about his children than we will ever know. -John 16:25-33
How can anyone talk about joy at a time like this? Jesus knew the mob was getting prepared. Torches, soldiers, chains – Jesus knew what was to come. He knew the grief that was ahead, and yet, greater than the grief was the joy he was about to share…the joy of new life!