Core scripture: “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:17)
Message: Have you ever had a sermon that just blew your mind? That was me. About five hours ago to be exact. Normally I wait until Tuesday to blog, but I feel God nudging me to write this afternoon. Before the Chiefs game.
I had never seen nor met Randy Gariss until his face appeared on our video screen this morning at Legacy Christian Church. By the time the sermon ended, I was spellbound. If Randy was holding a mic, he would have dropped it. I need to write about it now simply to digest it.
He began with a question: Did Jesus really change everything? Or do we celebrate Christmas as a cute little holiday in December?
I must admit that keeping my focus on Jesus this time of year is difficult. Just like anybody, I get caught up in the busyness of the holidays. I get distracted. It is time to pause and reflect on that.
If Jesus is the core of my faith, do I really live my life as if He changed everything? Even more convicting, am I bold enough to declare that to others?
Let’s examine John 1:1-5. It says, “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
This blows my mind. Jesus has been there from the beginning. He is the Word of God in the flesh. Jesus is God, and He brought life to everyone. Did you hear that? EVERYONE.
Consider the Roman culture that Jesus was born in. Women were oppressed. There were around 1.5 million men yet only 1 million women. Why? Because women were disposed of, and men were revered. Yet there was Jesus, meeting the woman at the well.
Or what about those with leprosy? Lepers were not even allowed to be touched. They were shunned. Total outcasts of society. Yet what did Jesus choose to do in Matthew 8:3? He reached out his hand and touched the man, cleansing him. Imagine how that man felt!
Jesus revolutionized our world in so many ways. Ways beyond our understanding. As a matter of fact, according to John 21:25, He performed so many other miracles that “even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” It blows my mind.
And He did it for everyone.
He did it for the students who are struggling with their identity. He did it for the teachers that are flirting with burnout. He did it for the underappreciated lunch ladies and custodians. He did it for the paras, the crossing guards, the administration.
He did it for you.
Challenge: I want your mind to be blown like mine was. Check out Randy’s sermon here and reply with your own thoughts. For the first week of Advent, it was quite the experience. Here is the link: https://boxcast.tv/video-portal/vctwevwntun3o0ikq7af/ru8v6hkidagrguzk57bf/ly73d6q1jayo0mlyhj3w
Song application: “Pour Your Spirit Out” by Thrive Worship
Just like Lazarus out of that grave
Our God re-writes history
Jesus You change ev’rything
When You pour Your Spirit out
Just like Silas singing with Paul
Praise can break down prison walls
Jesus You can have it all
Won’t You pour Your Spirit out
Prayer points: Lift up the following areas to the Lord …
- Praise God for Jesus, the One who changed everything.
- Pray that we can quiet our lives to reflect on that magnificence.
- Pray that God would give us opportunities to share that truth with others.
Just for fun: Enjoy this teacher meme I found below. Been there, done that. Too many times.
Prayer: Jesus, You indeed changed everything! Thank you for coming into our world to save us all. Amen.