No Greater Love
13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John15:13
“My sermon is entitled: No Greater love.”
“What did I say Church?”
No Greater Love.
As I look at the great examples of love stories throughout the ages, there is a list of notable references:
Romeo and Juliet,
Cleopatra and Mark Anthony,
Napoleon and Josephine
The list goes on and on…. But it’s so shocking that there is no mention of the one story that I know, which is the greatest love story where the Father gave His only Son to die an agonizing cruel death- to save you and you and you and even me.
What a love that is! Nothing else can even come close. Because I have lots of love in my heart for Jesus, because of the love I have for you, I appeal to you today that we focus on the love He has for you because of the great sacrifice. And in turn we should love one another with a new love, with a true love.
Let us look at what the Father did for us and think of self, less; and think of others more. Let us love and let our love be a genuine love.
We have been told time and time again that life is too short, too short! because Jesus will soon come. Can I get an Amen?
And He is coming for a Church that can demonstrate attribute of Christ Character. No time for so called fake love.
I believe in 1Corinthians which says: 4 Charity ( love) suffereth long, and is kind; charity (love) envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.8 Charity ( love) never fails!
If it is your desire that the transforming love of Jesus begin its work in your heart today, please stand up and I will call pastor Manning to pray with you.
This is the Spirit Speaking. Divinity in humanity. What a sermon from a child genius!
Out of the mouth of a babe the Spirit speaketh. Let Him that has an ear hear what He is saying.
Unto Us a Child Is Born(3)
Over 700 years before the birth of Christ, the prophet Isaiah foretold His coming.
6 For unto us a Child is born , Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful , Counselor , Mighty God , Everlasting Father , Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end , Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom , To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward , even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Later on, He also foretold His substitutionary and redemption and healing ministry in Isa53.
Other prophets also confirmed his birth and redemption work.
(Moses, Micah, David Ps16,22,24 )
If we look back at the prophecy of Isaiah, we would agree that although the first part regarding His birth and His redemption work have been fulfilled, there is an aspect of the prophecy that is yet to be fulfilled: His second coming and sitting on the throne of David.
We know that God’s word will not return to Him empty but it shall prosper in the thing it has been sent to do.
” And the government will be upon His shoulder.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end , Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom , To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward , even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. ” shall surely come to pass.
He is Coming Soon
This is why we need to be ready and expectant.
He is coming for those who are waiting for His appearing.
8 Finally , there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness , which the Lord , the righteous Judge , will give to me on that Day , and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2Tim 4:8
Those who have this hope will keep themselves pure even as He is pure.
Those who have this hope will be ready at all times like five wise virgins who kept their lamp’s wick trimmed and had oil in them.
Those who are expectant and ready will keep their garments clean and not only have the right garment for the marriage feast.
(Matt25:1-10, Matt22:12, Eph5:26-27)
8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen , clean and bright , for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.Rev19:8
Jesus said: “..I will come again..”John14:3
“Behold I come quickly.”
I Am Coming Quickly 20 He who testifies to these things says , “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so , come , Lord Jesus!Rev22:20
Let your focus at this time be on Jesus who came as it was foretold and who is coming again as it was foretold. If you celebrate Christmas, let it be a time to reflect on who He is to you, what He gave to you and what He has called you to do- your purpose for living.
The way you give thanks to Him is to redouble your resolve to live for Him and fulfill His purpose for your life. Let Christmas go beyond having a holiday, meeting with friends eating and drinking, shopping spree, giving and exchanging gifts. Christmas should not be for commercialism. Let it be Christ-centered.
If you do not know Christ in a personal way, the greatest gift you can receive or give to yourself is making Him Lord of your life.
The greatest gifts in life are free. Salvation is the greatest of these.
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son , that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
12 But as many as received Him , to them He gave the right to become children of God , to those who believe in His name:
37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me , and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.
Salvation is free and as easy as ABC
A- accept that you cannot save yourself. Admit you are a sinner by your nature and need salvation.
B-believe that only Jesus can save you and that He died to save you
C-confess with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord. Call upon Him to come and take His rightful place in your heart.
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart. Open your heart and let Him in.
2 For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you , And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Bible prophetic scholars believe that the resurrection of the old Roman empire in the form of the European Union which unites strong and weak nations and its current upheavals in Brexit, are pointers to Daniel’s prophecy of a Kingdom with the feet of iron and clay, in the end times.
43 As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.44 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Dan2:43-44
Some also see even the recent declaration of Us President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a pointer that we are in the ‘final hour of the last day.’
I wish you all a merry Christmas and a glorious, joyous and spectacular new year.