Jesus, Born To Die That You Might Live

(Ome: Hey Beloveds! Blessed New Year!

I’m here with the verses and what I caught from Pastor’s Christmas sermon. It’s been a while since Christmas, but honestly, the thought of Christmas still lingers in my mind. It’s past 25 December, but I’m still amazed at Daddy God’s love and Jesus’ love for me when Daddy God sent Jesus to die so that I may live. When I look at the Christmas story, I’m awed at how everything that He did, He did it in exchange for a life that I have today. He was born to die to give me a new life, He had no room at the inn, so that I will always be favoured and provided for. He came to be fed so that I can feed on Him and His love and be filled! The world may have plenty of money but they are empty. They look for love in all the wrong places. As for me, I am thankful that I know the love of Jesus, which fills my heart and gives me tremendous security.

I don’t know about you, but the thought of His love for me shown in the Christmas story is one thought that I am taking with me into 2012. How about you? What do you want to have in your mind going into 2012? His favour? His enlargement? Share with me after you read this!

Blessed week, beloveds! Making this post to you from the comfort of my home in Bangkok!)

25 December Sunday Service — Christmas celebration service

Preached by Pastor Prince

2nd Service

Verses from the sermon:

Luke 2:10-12

10Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

Micah 5:2

2“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”

Micah 4:8

8And you, O tower of the flock, The stronghold of the daughter of Zion, To you shall it come, Even the former dominion shall come, The kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.”

Genesis 35:19-21

19So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). 20And Jacob set a pillar on her grave, which is the pillar of Rachel’s grave to this day. 21Then Israel journeyed and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder.

Isaiah 7:14

14Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Leviticus 17:14

14for it is the life of all flesh. Its blood sustains its life. Therefore I said to the children of Israel, “You shall not eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off.’

Key take-home points:

  • Jesus doesn’t save you only once when you received Him as your Lord and Saviour. Yes, you are translated from sin to righteousness, from darkness to light only once, but He doesn’t save you only from hell. He wants to save you in every area of your life, from your debts, from your troubles, even those of your own making. Even if you think you deserved the troubles, Jesus is full of grace, the Saviour of the undeserving, so He wants to save you even though you deserved the troubles. Allow Him to save you every day, in every area of your life!
  • The Bible said that the angel came to announce Jesus’ birth, “unto you [us] is born this day in the city of David a Saviour.” (Luk 2:11) Jesus did not come to be a religious teacher. He came to be a Saviour. When you are drowning, you don’t need a teacher to teach you how to swim. You need a Saviour who will jump into the water and save you. Jesus did not come to give teachings or rules to a lost, dying, drowning humanity. He came to save us. If you are in trouble today, doesn’t matter if it was your fault, He is not here to stand by and dispense teachings; He is here to jump in and save you!
  • Jesus did not come to be an example. He came to be fed on. There are people out there today who look at Jesus, see the good things He did and tried to follow His example, but there is no power, no hope there. Jesus did not come to be followed. Jesus is meant to be fed on, and when you feed on Him, you will become like Him effortlessly. Personally, I think God is not into having believers who treat Jesus as a religion, see Him as example, and try to pick things out of Him to self-improve. God is into having believers who are fed, fed with Jesus’ love, fed with Jesus’ beauty. When believers are full of Jesus’ love, they become secure, they become stable, they become joyful. When believers behold Jesus’ beauty, they effortlessly become like Him.
  • There is power in the blood of Jesus. On the night of the Passover, the children of Israel was instructed by God to put the blood of the lamb on their doorpost. That night, when the angel of death passed by Egypt and killed all the firstborn, the Israelites were spared from such fate, not because of their holiness, but because they had the blood on the doorpost. This incident in the Old Testament was a shadow to the reality of the blood of Jesus. Beloved, it doesn’t matter what the world is suffering. I want you to know that because the blood of Jesus is on the doorpost of your life, you are spared from the evil that is going through the world. If famine is galloping through the world, you are spared. If war is galloping through the world, you are spared. If terror from exam is galloping through your school, you are spared! The blood of Jesus has washed you perfectly clean from all your sins, has made you righteous. The blood of Jesus justifies, redeems, protects!