Who We Are
Four Things We Want You to Know
1. You are not alone in your struggle.
“…In the world, you will have much trouble…” ~John 16:33(b).
To be alive is to know hardship. We know this, because we suffer, too. We ask the same questions, experience the same doubts that you do. We experience the loss, pain, persecution, disease, death, poverty. In this world, we all have much trouble.
In this struggle, we have the same hope, which is the second thing we want you to know.
2. The Gospel of Jesus Christ provides refuge.
“I have told you these things so you may have peace in Me. In the world, you will have much trouble. But take hope! I have power over the world!”
God intervenes. He “so loved the world that He gave his only son that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Jesus, son of God, is born. He lives his whole life in perfect communion with God. He lives the life intended for Adam, for us, in our place. Jesus is the perfect servant. God is the perfect Master.
Jesus begins his ministry. He takes on disciples, travels far and wide to reveal the world the truth, that he, Jesus, is the way, the truth, and the light. That no man can come to the Father but through him. He heals the sick. Forgives sinners. Preaches with the authority of God. Sinners flock to Him. Sick and diseased cry out to him for healing. He obliges. The Romans fear him. The religious leaders despise him.
God’s redemptive plan continues to unfold. Jesus allows the Romans and the Jewish elite to capture him. They beat and torture him, humiliate him, and eventually nail him to a cross as a criminal.
The most important moment in all of history arrives. From the beginning of time, God has withheld his judgment against sinners. The entire weight of his wrath, stored up for all those who believe, is unleashed upon Jesus’ broken, helpless body. The veil in the temple rips asunder. The world goes momentarily black. God’s holy wrath is satisfied.
That is the gospel, but it’s not finished. Its unimaginable power is revealed three days later when Jesus resurrects from the grave! We, Jesus’s followers, who were once dead in our sins, are resurrected with Jesus, new creations, perfect in God’s sight, free to pursue holiness out of love for Him, for who He is, and what He has done.
Once upon a time feared God as the Righteous and Holy Judge. Now we serve Him as God our doting Father who loves us, guides us, disciplines us, keeps us from now till eternity.
That’s good news, but…
3. The gospel is NOT about us
Yes, Christ washes clean our debt of sin, reconciles us to God, secures us even unto death. When we arrive in Heaven, Jesus himself receives us as weary veterans; survivors with testimonies of daring, of struggle, and of great joy.
But those testimonies are all about Jesus! It is Him who is daring and courageous when we are fearful. It is Him who is our only strength when we are bent over from the weight of the world. It was His work alone that makes our eternal glory a reality. Our testimonies are of the Savior who conquered Satan, Sin, and Death on our behalf and to our benefit, but for His Glory alone.
Soli Deo Gloria!!!!
All of this brings us to our final point.
4. We love you Cross Lanes!
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest gift ever given to the world. We love you so much that we want to share it with you.
The Bible is clear that none of us can find lasting peace on our own. The good news is you don’t have to. God loves you. He has a seat for you at His table, which is brimming with a magnificent feast.
We hope this good news affects you. We hope it brings you to our church to hear and receive this good news personally.
Be blessed Cross Lanes.
See you on Sunday. 🙂
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