Who We Are
Four Things We Want You to Know
1. You are not alone.
“…In the world, you will have much trouble…” ~John 16:33(b).
To be alive is to know hardship. Life is a series of uneventful epochs, spotted intermittently with hurt and heartbreak, and hopefully, some joy. In this world, there will be trouble.
There is but one hope to overcome the world, which is to follow the one who has already overcome it. Which leads us to 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 sinless obedience, perfect communion with God. He lives the life intended for Adam, for us, in our place. He is the perfect servant in service to the perfect Master.
Jesus begins his ministry, takes on disciples, travels far and wide to open the eyes of those who would see. 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, because he is God. Sinners flock to Him. Sick and diseased cry out to him. He obliges.
The lowly people adore him. The Romans fear him. The religious leaders despise him.
God’s redemptive plan continues to unfold. Jesus, as ordained by God, is captured by his enemies. They beat him, torture him, humiliate him. Eventually he is nailed to a cross, to die a death that only the worst of the worst sinners suffer.
The most important moment in all of history arrives. God the Father unleashes the wrath withheld for you and me, and all those who would believe, onto the sinless body of his only begotten Son, Jesus. The wrath meant for us, is willingly unleashed upon Jesus in our place. And Jesus, obedient even to the point of sweating blood for this moment, willingly receives.
The veil in the temple rips asunder. The world goes momentarily black. God’s holy wrath is satisfied. He dies. Punished by God. Humiliated by man, for sins he did never, nor could every commit, a substitution for us, who know only sin, that we may become the righteousness of God. Jesus having taken our sin with him to the grave, God the righteous Judge, sees only perfection for all those who would receive this gift.
That is the gospel, but it’s not finished. Its unimaginable power is unleashed 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 God, instead of fear.
God the Righteous and Holy Judge, is now our doting Father who loves us, guides us, disciplines us, keeps us from now till eternity.
But we must remember, despite being the beneficiaries of the gospel…
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 frail, weak, 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 the Glory of God 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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