The Cyber Church of Eufaula, Oklahoma
This Sermon/Note Originally Published May, 1999
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. And all things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life: and the Life was the Light of men.
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His Own, and His Own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave Him power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name:
John 3:16 says that God loved the world, AND those in the world enough to send His only begotten Son to die on a cross and bring everlasting life to all those who believe on His Son Jesus Christ.
Jesus came and walked among His very Own. He loved them. He LOOKED for His people. He HOPED they would receive Him. He came to bring them LOVE and PEACE and JOY and FREEDOM and ALL GOODNESS of the Father . . . But His Own people - those He would die for - REJECTED Him. They spit on Him and slapped Him. They accused Him of blasphemy, of working for satan.
I can see His agony! His hurt.
It's not so bad when strangers come against us. It doesn't really hurt when those we aren't close to abuse us, neglect us, go out of their way to bring us sadness and despair . . . .
But when those we really love - those who we expect to treat us gently - those folks who are of our own family -
When those we have loved and given all our lives to - when THOSE forget us and abandon us - when they no longer believe in us and remember us - and we feel ALL ALONE AND REJECTED - -
This hurts us more than anything else in the world could hurt us!
But Jesus has given us POWER to become the sons of God!
When ALL OTHERS have deserted us, we HAVE JESUS!
When it seems that no one else in the world LOVES US, We have the greatest love of all - the LOVE OF JESUS!
And we can feel safe and secure in the love of Jesus! We can FEEL His love and His care! We can REST in Him. ABIDE in Him!
And He will care for us through the rest of time!
Because He came to bring LIFE - and that LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY!!
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