There are many stories in the Bible that shed light on the many people who were transformed and changed in an instance. Though the situations vary, their conditions don’t. People are trapped, rejected, and have nowhere to turn. When all other attempts to be freed from despair failed, Jesus steps in, even when everyone else stepped out. We were all hopelessly, helplessly lost, and in need of a Savior. It is this Holy Week that we come face to face with the impact of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
This verse cuts to the heart of why Jesus had to come. He came to give His very life to save ours. He was born so He could die for us. In order to redeem us and pay our debt, the penalty of death had to be paid. The payment demanded a sinless life. No one else could pay the penalty.
Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Jesus compares the sinner to the person who is physically ill and in need of a doctor. Some sicknesses do not go away if we ignore them. He is not talking about the common cold. This sickness is more in line with a major illness needing treatment. In the same way, we are all sinners in desperate need of salvation, which only comes through repentance and faith in Jesus. Apart from Jesus, we will die in our sins. Only Jesus is the solution. It is the only way. Jesus said, “I am the Way, Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
This is the greatest gift you will ever receive – the gift of eternal life. It only comes when you put your trust in Jesus. The Scripture goes on to say that those who do not believe in Jesus will be condemned (John 3:18).
As you continue through this week, ponder the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins. Take some time out of your week to attend Maundy Thursday at the church anytime between 5:30p-7:00p. There will be 20 minute segments to step into the upper room and receive the Lord’s Supper. There will be no Boost classes tonight (Wednesday).
Come back on Sunday as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. Service times are 8:30a and 10:45a. There will be a big breakfast served in between the two services in the Family Life Center. It is going to be an awesome celebration. Come and invite someone you have been praying for. The goal of this Sunday is not to look back with amazement, but to look forward with faith. The God who spoke many years ago still speaks. The God who forgave still forgives. The God who transformed still transforms. He wants to do another miracle before us Easter.
This Sunday we will also be announcing how much came in for the Legacy Offering we received on Palm Sunday and I will mention some additional exciting news for our church. Don’t miss out on what God is doing!
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene