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The Light Has Come: Knowing God

Text(s) to Read:

Luke 2:4-20 NIV

John 1:14 NIV

Main Points:

  • This Christmas, you can know God and see his glory by knowing Jesus as God’s Only Son.

  • Jesus was not:

    • Just a man used by God.

    • Just God with the appearance of man.

  • Jesus is:

    • God made flesh.

    • The Only Son of God

    • Emmanuel: God with Us.

      • God coming to be with us as one of us us called the Incarnation.

  • In the Incarnation:

    • God experienced life and death as one of us.

    • God revealed himself to us in a way he’d never done before.

    • God brought light into the darkness.

  • You can either reject Jesus outright, or you can accept his claim wholly. It’s a take it or leave it situation.

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The Light Has Come: The Trade

Text(s) to Read:

John 1:9-13 NLT

Isaiah 53:3-11 NLT

Main Points:

  • Jesus was rejected by humanity so we could be accepted by God.

    • This was the greatest trade in history: Jesus offers to trade his sinless identity as a child of God in exchange for him taking on himself our identities as law-breaking criminals against God.

      • This trade is birthed in love and given as a gift.

  • Walk in the light of new life and become a child of God.

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Do You Feel Stuck?

turtleI once saw a photo of a turtle lying on its back with its feet in the air. On it someone had cleverly added the word: “Stuck?” This picture was good for a laugh; however, the truth is this image resonates with an unfortunate number of people! It seems almost everyone wrestles with some form of feeling stuck: stuck in fear, stuck in exhaustion, or even stuck in purposelessness. It is a vulnerable and hopeless place to be, but what if I told you there is a way to start getting un-stuck? If you feel like you can’t move forward because of your fear of rejection, fear of the future, or feelings of helplessness you should know that there is someone who will never leave you, who knows what the future holds and has a plan for you, and who has the strength to help you through any situation. If you are tired and stressed out from working too hard to be who you think you should be, there is someone who says, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”  If you can’t find your purpose, there is someone who made each person with a purpose in mind.

God has already offered heaven to us if we just believe in him and allow him to change our hearts.

You see, God came to earth as a man (Jesus) in order to live, die and rise again so that anyone can choose to live for him and be made into a new creation. Jesus can cover over all a person’s misdeeds and ill-thoughts and transform him or her into someone who lives for God’s purpose. God’s Spirit then comes to live within that person and will never leave them—no rejection: ever! Furthermore, there is nothing that you or I can do to “earn” God’s love and favour. No action we take can get us into heaven, because God has already offered heaven to us if we just believe in him and allow him to change our hearts. Now that should be encouragement for the weary soul!

Therefore, if you feel stuck, I invite you to start getting un-stuck. Seek Jesus and be refreshed.

If you found this message helpful, I would love the opportunity to discuss it further over coffee. Feel free to send me an email at pastor@abundantassembly.com, and let’s talk about what Jesus can do for you.

--Pastor Stephen   pastorstephen

This article originally appeared in the Pincher Creek Echo.