Our plans may fail. Our plans may get disrupted. Our plans may have to be revised. But, God’s Gospel Plan does not fail, will not get disrupted, and it’s not open to revision. The Plan of Salvation is the only hope for every man, woman, boy, or girl. Today it can happen for you and change your life forever.Which plan are you trusting in for your salvation? Your Plan? The Church Plan? The Denomination Plan? The wrong plan of salvation will cost you your soul. Are you truly saved? Repent, Believe, and Follow Jesus Christ.
This weekend we will be watching a message right from the banks of the Jordan River. As many of you know, Nicole and I were in Israel last month and we recorded a message about the baptism of Jesus on site. Words cannot describe the excitement we felt! It was a powerful moment when we realized that somewhere near was the actual spot where God in flesh submitted to be baptized by John! Even with the distractions of camera clicks, gift shops, and tour buses, I could feel the reality of the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus! What is most powerful to me is how the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) was present together at this place! It’s a reminder that the entire Godhead was involved in our salvation.
In our series on the life of Christ we come to the passage where John the Baptizer points his disciples to Jesus. John could have hung on to his followers but he was willing to let them go for someone far better –Jesus, the Lamb of God. Even though Jesus superseded John, it must have still been hard for John to see all his followers abandon him for Jesus. Nonetheless, John knew that this had to happen.
Several questions come to mind: Who is following you? Are you leading them in the right direction? Better question – Are you leading them to the right person? Who are you following? Is His name Jesus? There’s no one truly worth following that is not following Jesus. Think about that.
Some people don’t like to make resolutions. “Why make promises you can’t keep?” “Why feel bad over broken promises?” Although, resolutions can be a waste of time and an unnecessary source of self-condemnation, it is still wise to strive towards something than none at all. I personally think that it’s a good thing to make the right resolutions.
Many of our resolutions are regarding bad habits and behaviors that we want to stop. Unfortunately, we have a poor understanding of why we do the bad things we do. In other words, why we sin? No wonder we go about the wrong way to stop sinning. This message will get us on the biblical path to repentance and walking in holiness. Trust me when I say – “This is one message you don’t want to miss!”
We come to that point in our series on the Life of Christ when John the Baptist came on the scene. This was a major shift in God’s plan of redemption. All the anticipation of the centuries had come to a head. Centuries of darkness and eerie silence were about to be shattered. This was a new day of fulfillment and joy! The Prince of Peace was at the gates!
So also in our lives – the Old Year has come to an end and a New Year is at the gates. God is getting ready to do something in our lives, family, and church that are beyond our greatest imagination! Are you ready for Him?!!
John tells us in chapter 1 that Jesus was “the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.” The adjective “true” cautions us that there are many false lights. There is no doubt that we are living in darkness but the real issue is are we looking to the false lights to light up our lives.
Jesus is the true light of the world who immediately sets everything into clear view – Sin is exposed, holiness is revealed, and salvation is offered. Without Christ we will continue to live in darkness in our homes, relationships, and spiritual lives. With Christ our world comes alive. Have you ever received the light of Jesus in your life?
It’s easy to talk about God when we are at church or sitting in a Bible study or among other Christians but it’s hard to stand for the truth in the world. Our world needs to hear us stand up for biblical convictions. This does not mean that we have to be arrogant, belligerent, or pushy. It means we lovingly and courageously tell people what Jesus can do for them.