December 4, 2018
‘Tis the season—the season to buy gifts, sing Christmas songs and drink copious amounts of hot chocolate (with almond milk, of course. Can I get an amen for all of my lactose intolerant church goers?) It is so easy to get wrapped up in what we think this season is about—gift giving and receiving, Christmas lights and binge watching The Grinch, but really our focus should be on the story that triumphs all stories—the story of Jesus.
This week, Pastor Dylan started a new series called “Love Came Down.” He noted in the beginning, while the story of Jesus is one we have heard time and time again, it’s a story that should never lose its meaning, importance, or impact. The key verse for this series is John 3:16-17, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” Wow! This verse truly hit home for me. So often we only quote verse 16 which is powerful, but verse 17 truly shows the depth of God’s love for us.
Dylan said something in this message that will always stick with me. He talked about Selena and Jon setting up a bedroom for him. Even though they weren’t his parents, they told him, “It’s yours if you want it.” That statement totally applies to our personal relationship with God. As human beings, we have free will, and the love of God is ours if we want it; we don’t have to take it, but if we choose to do so, it doesn’t come with any conditions. Because the love God has for us is unconditional. When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, the Holy Spirit came to live in us, therefore, love lives inside of us when we know Jesus—there’s no way around it. God is love. How stellar is that?
Jesus isn’t just the reason for this season, but the reason for every season. God’s love knows no boundary, no depth or no condition. Even in the lowest part of our lives, even when we feel like religion is only for pastors or the “religiously whacky”, God tells us His love is for anyone who wants it. He is always waiting. How beautiful it is to reflect on all God has done for us and all He will continue to do for us! Do you know THE reason for the season?
Dylan Robinson - December 2, 2018
The Reason For The Season
From Series: "All Messages"
Ronnie is a student at Missouri State University pursuing a degree in Global Studies. She is originally from a small town in Southwest Oklahoma and has lived in Springfield for the last two years. She is a reading, dreaming, movie watching, dog loving, Spongebob quoting, poetry creating, fact learning, Jesus loving, coffee drinking, and parallel structure writing fiend. She looks forward to sharing her perspective with you and sharing the love of Jesus Christ wherever she goes!