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 provide moral support for those who need it and want it

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.

 

Good people leaves church due to lack of moral support

Sincere people leaves church due to lack of communication and appreciation

Faithful volunteers do walk away from church due to lack of encouragement

 

No moral support is a subtle destructive force

 

But in the days of the Gospel, people were running towards Jesus for practical reasons

 

Matthew 9:36 – When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

 

Jesus provided moral support for those who need it and want it

Jesus provided rest for those who need it and want it

People saw the sincerity and commitment of Jesus and were running towards Him.

People were receiving timely moral support from Jesus

Especially when people go through difficult life situation, lack of moral support from within and community leadership can do more harm to ministry teamwork more than outside challenges

Leadership’s sincerity and commitment will be called into question.

Japanese culture has the tendency to constitute isolationism, normalized lack of communication, promote attitude of indifference and indirectness for the sake of excessive formalities, manners and politeness. But all these have given rise to stress, depression, suicides, hikikomori ひきこもり or 引き籠り, and Karōshi (過労死)

Relationship, interaction and pro-active communication are to be the heart and soul of the church and Christian communities

 

1 Thessalonians 5:11 -Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

 

We need to focus on Christ centered fellowship, but silence and lack of pro-active timely communication is not healthy for any church!

 

Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

 

Let’s go to Jesus

Let’s seek Jesus with our whole heart

Jesus never fails!

Let the words of Jesus be in our hearts and mind

Let’s us hang on to the promises of God for good

 

In-His-Service

David Z