Advent

Thank you joining us on this advent journey. The final part of the four-week series, “Who Jesus Came For,” is about you. Again, at the end of this blog post, there will be a challenge for you to share God’s love.

Scripture: Matthew2:21 and 23.

Throughout this series, we’ve learned that the King of Kings came to earth as a little child for those in the greatest of need… the oppressed (women), the downtrodden (shepherds) and the least (children). He came for all of us.

Matthew 1:21, says: “And she shall bring forth a son and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for he shall save His people from their sins.”

We all make mistakes and have done wrong. We all need Jesus.

This month, we’ve challenged you to share God’s love by taking part in the many volunteer and giving opportunities available through Lord’s Gym Ministires – STORM (helping women on the street); The Lord’s Gym (for men in all walks of life); and the Family Activity Center (for children and their families). Visit Get Involved or http://bit.ly/FOCASgiving, to learn more.

This week, the week of the holy birth, we want you to take time to think about you.

Ponder this statement: “Jesus came for me.” Say it out loud: “Jesus came for me.”

If you had been the only one in need, He still would have came. Jesus makes this perfectly clear when teaching in Luke chapter 15. He tells the crowd: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?

“And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’”

He continued, telling the crowed, that it is the same “in heaven over one sinner who repents.”

He shared another parable too about a woman who lost a coin, turned her house upside down for that coin and rejoiced when it was found.

You see, you either are lost or you were once lost. God turned His kingdom upside down to find you. Jesus, His Son, the King of Kings; came to earth as a little child. He grew up serving those in need through healing, teaching, and loving. Then, He died. Taking on your sin, He died on the cross, so that you could be made blameless. Most importantly, He arose from the dead – fully defeating sin and death – just so that you might live forever in heaven.

This is your challenge this week. Take a break from the festivities to think over the reason for the season. Have you accepted His greatest of gifts? If you haven’t and you want to, simply pray to God: “Heavenly Father, please forgive me of all my sins. Thank you so much for Jesus. I am a sinner. I need Jesus. I accept Him as my Lord and Savior. Amen.”

If you have already prayed this prayer, rejoice!. Rejoice in God’s great gift to you. Simply love Him in return by building your relationship with Him and telling others about His love.