December 7, 2011

The Life of Jesus


I have been thinking a lot about our upcoming message series starting on Christmas Sunday. We are studying one of the most important persons to ever live. If we don't believe that Jesus is the most important person to ever live, we are no longer part of the Christian faith. He is the culmination of the prophetic voices of the Old Testament. He is the only way to the Father. He is the way, the truth, and the life. In the words of Hebrews 1:1-3,
"In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven."
Because of Jesus' influence, unschooled fishermen, traitorous tax collectors, radical zealots, and ordinary men and women went out to change the world. Because of him they were executed for the message that Jesus (and not Caesar) was Lord, and Salvation was found only in Jesus Christ. They preached a Kingdom that is not of this world and doesn't use the weapons of this world. This Kingdom calls us to lay down our lives, and men and women continue to answer that call and lay down their careers, their security, their reputations, their careers, and even their last breath for this man.

There is no way that one message series can cover all that can or should be said about Jesus. We will only scratch the surface, but it will life-changing!

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