John 17: 3-5 – “And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.” – NLT
Unfortunately, due to a pandemic, we had to abandon our season of Lent. Lent leads to Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and finishes at Easter. We have missed the focus. We have missed the opportunity to celebrate the empty tomb, and rededicate ourselves to the mission of Jesus. In September we are going to focus on why this is so important.
Jesus came to fulfill the purpose of God. He came to be light in a world of darkness. His birth was celebrated. He rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday with the crowd shouting his praises. It would only be a few days later on Good Friday when Jesus would be sentenced to die. An innocent man, God incarnate would be crucified. The third day He would rise from the grave, defeating sin and death. He would complete the work that He was chosen to do.
Through his suffering and selfless actions, Jesus would become the once for all sacrifice for sin. He would become the greatest servant King that we never deserved. This month I would like us to reflect and remember just what Jesus has accomplished for us. His power and strength came not from being right, winning, conquering the religious authorities, or defeating the occupying empire. He would lay down his life so that all might live.
It is up to us to be a reflection of this Jesus everyday. We do not always have to right. We do have to look more and more like Jesus everyday. We have to be known by our fruit. Jesus brought us the very Spirit of God so that we might have fruit in our Spirit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are the fruit that the world should see from us when we are truly understanding and living in the importance of Jesus.
I pray that you will choose to reflect the light of Christ this month, and make it a point to study his actions and life as you attempt to become more like him, regardless of what the world says!
~ Pastor Mike