A few years ago, our two girls and I were invited to hear Matthew West (a Christian music artist) perform.
A friend had called the night before and offered the tickets and also the possibility of meeting Matthew West backstage.
When we arrived at the venue, there were already long lines, so we waited. After several minutes, a friendly looking guy came out and introduced himself to us as Pastor Joe West. Our friend, although a bit older than Matthew had grown up attending the church where Pastor Joe West, (Matthew’s dad) served.
Pastor Joe walked us through the door, past security and on down to our floor level seats. Then after a bit, he came back and brought us backstage.
He simply smiled at the security guards and they waved us through.
Knowing the right people certainly makes for a good concert, however even more important, knowing the right Person can make for peace with God.
This Sunday, we continue our sermon series, Here. More than 700 years ago, the prophet Isaiah wrote that a Messiah would be born and he would be called God with us.
This Sunday, I look forward to sharing a Christmas sermon from Colossians 1:15-23 making the point that Jesus didn’t come to fix our problems; He came to make peace with God.
Similar to me trying to get past security on my own, I have no chance of approaching God on my own. However, Jesus (God who took on flesh) came to earth, fulfilled the requirements of the law and then went to the cross to bear the just wrath of God that you and I deserved.
Jesus came to make peace with God.
So what does this mean for you and me?
It means we are no longer condemned. We now can have a relationship with God. This means hope…and purpose for our lives…from now into eternity.
There is so much more that we will study on Sunday, I hope you can plan to attend at either 9:00 or 10:45am and bring a friend.