Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Merry Christmas

This week we will take a departure from our ongoing series in Philippians. I will be on vacation for a bit, but look for the next post in early January.

Devotion: Luke 19:1-10

Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he. And if you are like me, then this little song goes through your head every time you come across the story of King Jesus and the short-stature, wayward sinner in Luke 19. (Go ahead and watch the clip so you can get it out of your system)

The story of Jesus and Zacchaeus occupies a treasured place in my life. Much like the vertically challenged tax-collector I came to see Jesus and was surprised that he came for me first. Through repentance Zacchaeus came into salvation that day and I know my own salvation is a series of repentance in my life. All that being said, it is Luke 19:10 that is of particular importance in my thoughts just now:
"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." -Luke 19:10 ESV
Jesus Christ was born to save. The Son of God who became the Son of Man in the womb of the virgin came to find those who were lost in sin and to deliver them through His atoning work on the cross into salvation, that is, eternal life with God. There were those that day and this day who want to save Jesus from sinners putting up barriers to stop the grace of God. Some want to stop Jesus from associating with sinners altogether. Others want to pretend that sin is not a big deal. Jesus takes sin seriously and associates with sinners that they may be saved.
In the coming weeks think of how Jesus has come to you, a sinner, and saved you. Do not stop there, though. No, the call of the Gospel, the call of Christmas, is to share the Good News of salvation with other sinners and see how Jesus still seeks and saves the lost.

News for You

  • Christmas Eve service will be at 7 p.m. Bring a friend and help them connect with Jesus.
  • Christmas Day will see our regular service at 10 a.m. 
  • New Small Groups will be forming in January. Look for details soon.

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