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Nov 25, 2018

Jesus Loves You

Jesus Loves You

Speaker: Tyler Ferguson

Series: Other

Category: Sunday Morning

As the Advent season begins, we examine the "why" of Jesus' coming.

We celebrate the birth of the Messiah and that one day He will come back, not as a baby, but as a King. Why? The “why” is found in three simple words of one of the most well know Christian songs ever written – Jesus Loves Me. 

Point 1: JESUS loves you!

Colossians 1:15-20 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

This Jesus is the firstborn of all creation and the center of the universe. No one touches His importance, His power, or His majesty. We are loved by this King but we can start to believe lies that say that He is far too important to ever care about our problems.

Jesus is not too big to care for us. His identity as God does in no way mean that He is incapable of or unwilling to care for us right where we are. He knows how many hairs are on our heads and He delights in our coming to Him with anything and everything.

Point 2: Jesus LOVES you!

I Corinthians 13:4-8  Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong  suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails . . .

This picture of perfect love when emulated shows the world a small glimpse of Jesus’ love for us. His love is patient, kind, not jealous, bears all things, endures all things, will never fail . . . His love cannot be compared to anything else you’ve experienced.

Point 3: Jesus loves YOU!

Ephesians 2:1-3 (Biography of me before knowing Jesus) And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

It is into that wretched condition that verse 4 says that His great love brought Him to you. Ephesians 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us . . .  We could not have earned that love in the slightest. There is nothing you can do to make God love you more, and there is nothing you can do to make God love you less. However, though He loves you where you are, no matter what, He loves you too much to want you to stay stuck. 

Love is made evident by action. Jesus showed you how much He loved you by what He did for you. Allow the Holy Spirit the time and space to remind you of the great love that Jesus has for you. When we are convinced of His love for us (the why), we become compelled to go and tell everyone we know about Jesus.

Explain: Though He loves you where you are, no matter what, He loves you too much to want you to stay stuck.

This Christmas season, how can you make God's love evident by action?

Scripture:  1 John 4:19; John 13:34; John 15:9; Eph 5:25; John 15:12