Luke 2:1-20

Luke 2:1-20

It's something I'm very passionate about, that I believe even though we're not all called to be evangelists, we are all called to evangelize. We're all called to share what Jesus has done in us, for us, and through us.It’s something I’m very passionate about, that I believe even though we’re not all called to be evangelists, we’re all called to evangelize. We’re all called to share what Jesus has done in us, for us, and through us…

How many of you feel like your relationship with Jesus is a cause to stand up and shout to people, “This is good news!” because you are filled with such great joy?… We have some good news. Good news that’s meant to be shared. Good news that’s meant to rejoice over. Good news that will bring great joy, not only to us, but to those who hear it from us…

Today you have an opportunity to have a Savior. Why would you need a Savior? Are you in need of saving? This is the logical question that people ask, “Well, I don’t think I need to be saved. What do I need to be saved from?” Have you ever found yourself in that place of asking, “Well, what have I done to need to be saved? I’m not in trouble here.” This is the hardest part of sharing a testimony about Jesus Christ with people, because they do not feel that they’re lost. They do not feel that they are in trouble. They do not feel that there is a problem with their life that they are in need of a Savior. You know why we don’t go out and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people actively?… Because we look around us and we see people in their ease and comfort, and we say, “Well, God, what do they need to be saved from? They have a nice home. They have a nice car. They have a nice education. They have a nice this, and they have a nice that,” but yet, this is good news for all the people. It’s good news because they are in need. We are in need. Even if you don’t see that you are lost and in need of salvation, I guarantee you, if you’ve not received Jesus yet, you are in need of a Savior, and the more you wander through this life and live in the hopelessness of seeking after things, seeking after status, you find how lost you truly are…

You know, I might be able to give you enough money to buy a home or a car or clothes or food, and that might take care of you for a moment, but if I do not offer you the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have not offered you anything that will save you. I have not offered you anything that will bring you out of the trouble that you are truly in. Our trouble isn’t for need of things on this earth. Our trouble is need of what comes from heaven to this earth to bring us into knowledge of Who God is and His love for us in salvation…

Sometimes we think that church is for our benefit. We think that this is so that we can come and grow and have good things in our life. This gathering, this time of praise and worship that we do every week, isn’t just for our benefit. We benefit from it, but it is to cause us to be stronger and to grow to a place where we are excited so that we will go out and tell others. This is not for our benefit, but for the benefit of the world. The story hasn’t changed. I bring you good news of great joy! There is a Savior that has been born to this world! And guess what? That Savior Who did His job two thousand years ago is going to return because He told us He would. Now, isn’t that worth telling someone about? Isn’t that worth getting excited about? Taking from this room and going out and sharing with your friends and your family who don’t know Him? That there is good news for them? That they can have a Savior? They can be saved from the things that cause them to be lost in this world. You know, no where in this story does God ask us to give up where we’re at in life. Just to hear a story and spread a story. A story that brings good news to the hearts of the hearer. Good news that brings hope and joy, great joy, to the hearts of the hearer. A story that offers hope of salvation. That is what we are to be about. That is what God desires from us. That’s why we have this story and God’s Word to read today, so that it can be a testimony to us…and you, too, can seek out the truth of what you’ve just been told…

Dave Elkins

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