(John 5:39 NLT) “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!
√ Jesus said the point is to KNOW ME.
• • If you miss the PERSON, you have missed the POINT • •
(Matthew 7:22-23 NIV) Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
- Christianity is PERSONAL.
• Eternity hinges on WHO YOU KNOW.
2. CHRISTMAS is personal.
(Matthew 1:21 NIV) She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”…..
(Matthew 1:23 NIV) “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
• • Jesus is the REASON FOR THE SEASON. • •
3. COMPASSION is personal.
(Matthew 25:31-40 NLT) “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
• • One of the best ways to LOVE GOD is to love THOSE HE LOVES. • •