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Storybook Christmas Part 2 of Pastor Bradley Speer.
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Like all stories that that do more than just keep our attention; we remember something that just keeps drawing us back to a story; or even reading it all over again. The gospel of John, brings attention to those type of qualities found in the gospel of Jesus that constantly keep us craving more knowledge anda desire to experience of who Jesus is. Probably the most compelling reason that we have is the humility of Jesus that is expressed in the first chapter of John.
Jesus is expressed as being the light of the world (John 1:5), but when He came to the world, people did not comprehend Him; except for those who believed the testimony of Him which was told by John the Baptist. This testimony is the titled by C.S. Lewis as the Great Exchange”. This exchange is referring to the debt, not payment, but a debt that is owed for our sins and transgressions.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
You can’t help, but see the humility of Christ as you realize He came not just to “His own” (John 1:11), but to those whom He created (Colossians 1:16). If that wasn’t enough, realizing He did not come down lording Himself over those who were subject to Him, but being a servant as He taught in Mark 10:43 and as Peter reminded leaders of in 1 Peter 5:3.
Inside this exchange, there is a process that we experience which is a transformation of an old life to a new life, which will only come by us choosing to know and accept His word so we may know His will (Romans 12:2).
Great Act of Love
As we learn and experience this great exchange, we’re moved to action and back to Jesus because His life is seen as the greatest act of Love. Jesus said that there is no great love than someone laying down his life for his friends (John 15:13).
The reason for digging more into this exchange is to have more than the knowledge of an event or story of a person, but compelled to act. It is a heart breaking reality to think and know that churches may be in a spot where this love does not move them to act.
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