Ringing in the New Year Pt. 1


As the last flames of Christmas pass the entire world turns its gaze to the beginning of a new year. What will 2013 require of us? A call from the Holy Spirit rings through the rafters of our churches. Before the trumpet sounds and the voice of the great arch angel calls us home we have work to do. We have a message to proclaim to the world which comes from the very throne of God.

Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross in our place, rose from the dead breaking the chains of sin and death, ascended to the right hand of God the Father where he ever makes intercession for us. Now if we will confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God has raised him from the dead we shall be saved from the wrath which is to come. Mankind cannot save itself. No government on Earth can stay the tide of what is coming. Only Jesus can rescue us from what lies ahead and He will rescue those who put their faith in Him.

Our message sounds like a no-brainer. An offer has been made. A way out has been provided. But Jesus has made it clear that the good news will surely be rejected by many and those who reject it will become increasingly oppositional. It’s a mess for sure! But as my blogging friend J.S. Park has said “We need game-changers. Words about love sound pretty; actually loving people is messy. Be part of the mess.”

My friends, Be brave!

14 thoughts on “Ringing in the New Year Pt. 1

  1. What an awesome message, Pastor J. I pray that many will feel the urgency of the days ahead in their hearts and speak the truth to the lost. Time is short until His return. God’s speed in speaking the truth to the lost! A-men and A-men!

  2. “Be part of the mess” . . . I love that expression.
    We are part of the message, for His life should shine forth from us, showing the reality of a changed life . . . and we are part of the mess as well. What if we face a little opposition? No big deal. What if we face opposition? So what? We are accepted by the omnipotent creator God! May we ALWAYS be ready to obey His promptings to tell others of His love, mercy and grace.

    • Amen! Even when it gets scary and tiring and dangerous and downright frustrating yet we must engage and be part of the mess of loving this world for which our Christ died!

  3. “Only Jesus can rescue us from what lies ahead and He will rescue those who put their faith in Him.”

    Great word. God gives grace for all the moments ahead …!

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