Discovering Jesus

Mary OlsonEvents

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Psychologists tell us that people have two great longings and inward needs… to be loved, and to love. But when pressures and heartaches come into our lives, many give up any hope of ever finding love. We often look in the wrong places to fill this deep need and longing. We want instant gratification and pursue material things or superficial relationships in a futile attempt to fill an emptiness of the human heart.

Never fear, there is Good News!

There is a love worth discovering and a love worth sharing. The Bible says, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). On the cross of Christ, God's mighty love was revealed and offered unconditionally to all who would be saved. Do you long to know this mighty love? Do you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God loves you, that your sins are forgiven? The great news is, you can know! In the future weeks leading up to Ash Wednesday, we will discover the greatest love worth finding. Luther says, the Bible is the cradle wherein Christ is laid. As we dig deeper into the truths of the Bible, we are reminded that, "There is none righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10). "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Romans 6:23, "The wages of sin is death [eternal separation from the love and mercy of God]."

Abandon any efforts to save yourself.

If we could save ourselves, Jesus' death would have been unnecessary! The Bible says it is "not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His [God's] mercy He saved us" (Titus 3:5). Salvation is by God's grace, "not of works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9). What you cannot do for yourself, Jesus Christ has done for you! Jesus died on the cross for you and then rose from the dead to prove that His payment was acceptable to God.

What must we do?

Believe. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved" (Acts 16:31). Salvation is God's gift to you. "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). When someone offers you a priceless gift, the wisest thing you can do is accept it! Come worship with us and discover Jesus is God’s amazing love for you. Christ is all in all.