If God loved the world so much, why did He send His beloved Son, Jesus into an obscure setting? His parents who lived in the village of Nazareth? Why not place Him in a more prestigious family where He could stand out and help effect change in the Jewish leadership?
I’ve heard these questions asked more times than I can count. I’ve even contemplated the ‘whys’. I’ve concluded that God is God and He has His reasons. They are not for me to know. What I do know is that God’s timing is perfect.
God’s wisdom was to send Jesus when He did to impact a specific generation of people. God, in the form of Jesus came to show us Himself in a way we could respond to; a man. A simple and authentic Person. Not simple in the way that many of us consider simple to be a negative thing, but simple in that we could relate to a man, not an unknown entity we couldn’t see. This Man walked among us. He did life with us. He spoke words that only came from His Father. He performed miracles that only the Father gave Him authority to do. Jesus was not a puppet, but He was so in-tuned with His Father that He spoke and did what His Father desired. He knew God’s heart for all mankind and desired all to know His Father the way He did.
Jesus showed by example how we should act; caring for the less fortunate, the downtrodden, and compassion for women and children. However, He also showed His displeasure towards the legalistic Jewish leaders and those who profitted from the tyranny of their Roman oppressors.
Yet Jesus spoke on behalf of them as He hung dying on the cross. At any moment He could have called upon the armies of heaven and all would have vanished, lost forever in their sin, but Jesus came to fulfill God’s plan. A plan for Him to die a sinner’s death, to be buried but to rise from death and to become our advocate before the throne of God.
Emmanuel (God with us) is one of Jesus’ names. He came in the form of a man who came to show us God’s love in tangible ways so we could accept God’s love and be reconciled to Him.
Now that is Good News!
What’s happening this week?
Saturday, March 30th Free Dinner and Movie Night 6 PM
This is for the general public and our church body. Bring a friend or neighbor. You’ll be ‘hoppy’ you did.
Sunday, March 31st Easter Breakfast will be served at 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. There will be no Sunday school classes this morning. Worship service will begin at 10:45 AM
Bring your friends and family.
Monday, April 1st Kitchen Cleanup Day starts at 10 AM. Come and help clean both kitchens and inventory the contents. Bring a sack lunch. This is NO April Fools.