Luke 19:10 – Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost.
Christmas is all about connecting-with family, friends and even God. We celebrate Christmas because God wanted to connect with us. During our christmas service we took a special look at the Christmas Story focusing on how Jesus came to seek us out and connect with us in a real and life-changing way. Since there was a bad ice storm causing half our people to stay home I thought you’d like a brief summary.
Jeremiah 50:6 – My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray and turned them loose in the mountains. They have lost their way and can’t remember how to get back to the sheepfold.
Many believers start out in church and genuinely serve God but let the cares and disappointments of life get them out of church and off the path of God.
Ezekiel 34:16 – I will search for my lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again. I will bandage the injured and strengthen the weak. But I will destroy those who are fat and powerful. I will feed them, yes—feed them justice!
The good news is Jesus searches for us when we’re lost. He helps even those who have been hurt in churches and have lost their way. The Christmas story is all about God seeking man, even those that don’t know they’re getting lost.
Matthew 1:22 -All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through His prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”
God came to us, He was seeking us because we are valuable to Him. In the parables of Luke 15:4-32 (lost sheep, lost coin, lost son) Jesus continually reminds us that God rejoices more over one of us that was lost turning to Him than 99 that are already serving Him.
Ephesians 2:8-9 – God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
That’s the beauty of the Christmas story, we never earned the gift of the Christ child but like any valuable gift we need to remember how much that gift costed the one who gave it to us.