In the old classic movie “Harvey”, James Stewart has a magical friend – a 6 foot tall
invisible white rabbit. Anyway, he goes through the movie introducing people to Harvey,
because he says when they meet Stewart, it isn’t a big deal… but when he introduces
them to Harvey, they are “impressed.”
FBC is a great church and there are some great people here. But honestly we aren’t that
impressive. Meet us or not. Get to know Jesus for real, though, and you will be
Jesus of Nazareth was a man who walked all over Isreal during the time of the Roman
rule about 2000 years ago. Not too many people argue that he was… but there is a lot of
conversation about what was he? A rabbi? A prophet? A messiah? A carpenter? The
savior of the world?
And why was he here? Why did he come?
Where do we start? A lot of times the beginning is not the best place to start, but this
time, we will start there anyway…
When God made it all, it was good. Sadly, though, sometime after God breathed life into
Adam, Adam made the decision to disobey God (not that we would have done any
better). Adam’s defiance, and ours, have separated us from this Holy and Awesome God
and the goodness He created us in. As individuals, we no longer have a “right”
relationship with Him… as Paul notes in his letter to the Ephesians, “you were dead in
your transgressions and sins.” (Ephesians 2:1)
Sadly for God, He had created us out of an out-flowing of love, and now we were
separated from Him! Although it was sad for Him, it was lethal for us. Separated from
our Creator, we are truly lost – and most of us feel it inside. Even the most prideful, when
alone and quiet, recognize eternity in their hearts and how alone we feel without Him.
God, unwilling to cease being a just and merciful God, designed a plan by which we can
be restored to that right relationship to Him. Sin must be paid for, but who can pay for the
sins of a fallen race? That’s where Jesus comes in.
Human beings are unable to create Holiness. We can’t fix our own problems. No amount
of effort gets us any closer to being morally perfect. Who has moral perfection? God. It
only makes sense then, that if perfection or holiness is what we need, we better go to God
to get it. God sent His Son to pay the price for our sins and to offer that right relationship
with our Creator… so that as His children, we can truly be home where we belong.
It is an important note that this offer is a gift, not a “deal” or a “loan” or anything else – a
free gift! That letter to the church in Ephesus goes on to say,
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even
when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace
you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly
places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of
His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved
through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so
that no one may boast.” (Eph 2:4-9, NASU)
Many of us have never been introduced to this God, described as “rich in mercy” and
having “grace in kindness” and “great love.” Too many have only known of a legalistic
“rules to live by” God who we have wanted to avoid. Grace and Mercy are the truth about
Him, though. He is Great and Mighty and Holy and Right, and He loves you more than
you can possibly imagine!
Let us know if you have any thoughts or questions!