Jesus reaches out to those in need

Luke 15:3-7

So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Jesus came to reach out to those in need

Jesus was criticized for hanging out with sinners and tax collectors … but He was showing care and concern for those who cried out to God for help from their hearts

 

If we think about it, all of us need help, but who do we call for help?

 

The parable of the lost sheep was not just a nice story

Jesus actually left the comfort and glory of His heavenly throne …

Was born in a manger …

As a little boy, Herod tried to kill Him

Grew up as a kid in war zone …

That’s right, in the days of the Gospel, Israel was conquered by the Romans and there were separatist and resistant movement against Caesar.

People were ready to go to war.. there were uncertainty in the air

In that kind of environment, filled with fear and uncertainty …

 

Jesus was reaching out to bring hope and healing to people’s life

Jesus was a bright shining star in our world of darkness

 

Jesus was rejected by the Sanhedrin, falsely labeled as anti-establishment, charged with causing division, and mocked while denied of all legal rights

Jesus was crucified on the cross and died

But He rose from the dead

Jesus ascended back to His glory in the heavens

He left for us His words and promises, and the Holy Spirit to comfort our hearts.

 

This same Jesus went through sweat and blood to help us

This same Jesus was reaching out to us even when we felt one else will care

 

Jeremiah 29:11-13

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

 

When God call us, we need to response

When Jesus knocks at the door of our hearts we need to be receptive

Jesus reaches out to those in need … and He still does today!

 

In-His-Name

David Z

 

 

 

Jesus loves people from the heart

Here goes a conversation most of us already knew the answer

Matthew 22:36-40

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”

37 And Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

38 This is the great and first commandment.

39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

We know this is easier said than done!

We know the commitment and sacrifice to love God.

With regards to loving our neighbor we know sometime situation can get very troublesome … especially neighbors who are inconsiderate, careless and irresponsible, people who we have no relation with, people whom we have no obligation to  …

 

Troublesome in Japanese めんどくさい (mendokusai)

 

If we use our head and think about it, chances are we won’t want to do it

So how Jesus did loved us?

From the heart!

Did Jesus know people would reject him?

Yes

But Jesus remains faithful

 

Our heart is where our will power is

 

Jesus was firm in His will to go to the cross to redeem us from sin and death

The love of Christ from His heart brings hope, peace and reconciliation to our broken world.

 

It starts with our heart … not with our head.

Our mind can teaches us to be careful … but to love God and love people; we need to start from our heart.

 

When we look at the ministry of Jesus, we feel the heart of God

Jesus called us to repentance because he cared

Received us into fellowship with purpose and intention that we will live a new life

Likewise we are called to love others from our hearts

It starts with our willingness to express the love of God

We are moved by compassion and kindness of Jesus to show care and concern and to encourage one another

 

Philippians 2:1-2 – So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

 

Jesus loved us from His heart

 

Psalm 136:1 – Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

 

In-His-Service

David Z