Saturday, September 3, 2011

LIFE

Life...there are so many things to be said about life...so many cute little quotes or funny little pictures. But life is important, we all have life...life in us and all around us. Life on earth is short...the average life span is 79 years old give or take. What we do in our life is important, because this life is all we get. We will all die eventually...our physical bodies that is. Our souls don't die with our bodies. They spend eternity somewhere...the question then becomes, is your soul going to spend eternity "dead" or spend eternity "alive"?

Mission 28 had it's Fall Kick-off on Thursday night, and Jon taught a message called "God sent his son that we might have life. He used John 3:16-21, one of the most well known passages in the bible. Almost anyone can recite John 3:16 but many rarely pay attention to the life in that verse. If you are a living being, then the bible has drastic implications on your life.
John 3:16-21 "For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God."
John 3:16 is basically the summary of the Bible...if you were to take all 66 books and figure out the common theme and had to summarize the whole Bible...John 3:16 would be what you read on the back of the book. It's the plot and the characters. You've got the Hero - God...the one who loved the world...and Jesus...the one who died for the world, the drama of life and death - the complication of sin and the desperate need for eternal life. God, Sin, The World. It's the makings of a great story...but it's so much more than a story or words on a page - it's the most amazing story ever told...a true story, that changed the world.

In the beginning, before the world...there was nothing but God. God is the creator and the owner of all of creation. God is totally separate and different from anything he created - our wildest imaginations cannot come up with an accurate picture of who God is. He is so much more, transcendent, all knowing, all wise, God alone, the upholder of all, he keeps us alive, king, his throne is the only throne, and he is all existing. 

God is a God of love...and this is the story of the greatest rescue mission of all time. God was willing to rescue us at any cost. The cost being his Son. There is no way to understand God and his love - his love is different from human love...no relationship you could ever have would compare to God's love for you. The object of God's love is the world. He loves fallen humanity...if you've ever loved someone who didn't love you back...that's precisely the position God was in...He created the world to reflect his glory...he literally breathed life into us...and he's given us spiritual life as well.

His love would not be perfect without his justice though. He followed the laws he made. When humanity sinned, he had to sentence us to death. Physical death did not happen right away, but we were spiritually dead that very moment. We were born unresponsive, our conscience is dead to the reality of God. We worship things (money, sex, power) rather than the one who created us. We try to fill an infinite space in our lives with finite things. We need God.

Because of our desperate need, God paid the cost by sending his son. Jesus lived a perfect life and was a perfect reflection of God's character. It was a rescue mission so that our spiritual life could be returned to us. We cannot come to the light on our own...we are children of darkness because of sin. Sin changed everything...but even though we were born into darkness...there is something deep inside that still searches for life...and a reason.

Jesus is the answer...he's the one who gave everything up even when we didn't love him back. Jesus means change for you...you can't live your life on your own terms anymore. We have to know God and the one he sent. The world was condemned but he came to save us. Without him we are dead men walking. If you come...and repent - your life, what you do, what you love will change. The old will pass away and the new will come. Come to the light, don't stay in darkness...your life depends on it.

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