Come to the Table
Come to the Table
Come to the Table
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.
Christmas often times gets thought of as a story of a baby being born in manager with a star leading these three wise guys to were Jesus was.
and it stays a story
we set up displays of manger scenes
they get setup in Parks
sometimes they are even live nativities
and every time this year we pull them out.
but we miss it
we the purpose that God would declare through the prophet Isaiah
“The people walking around in darkness have seen a great light”
John would describe Jesus’ coming
In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The birth of Christ was to bring light to us who have been walking in darkness
constantly tripping up
with no purpose
He came as a Light
To break darkness
“for unto us”
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Christ Came to be a savior
one who rescues or saves—‘deliverer, rescuer
It was the purpose
For us who have been in darkness
the realm of sin and evil—‘evil world, realm of evil, darkness.’
The Bible says that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son.”
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
God’s motivation is love- He loved us so he acted
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
While we were still in the midst of the junk in our lives God sent Jesus
to cause something to be known by action—‘to make known by action, to demonstrate, to show
The Story of Barabbas
At the festival the governor’s custom was to release to the crowd a prisoner they wanted. At that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. So when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Who is it you want me to release for you—Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Messiah?” For he knew they had handed Him over because of envy. While he was sitting on the judge’s bench, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for today I’ve suffered terribly in a dream because of Him!” The chief priests and the elders, however, persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to execute Jesus. The governor asked them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” “Barabbas!” they answered. Pilate asked them, “What should I do then with Jesus, who is called Messiah?” They all answered, “Crucify Him!” Then he said, “Why? What has He done wrong?” But they kept shouting, “Crucify Him!” all the more. When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that a riot was starting instead, he took some water, washed his hands in front of the crowd, and said, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. See to it yourselves!” All the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” Then he released Barabbas to them. But after having Jesus flogged, he handed Him over to be crucified.
Me and you we are Barabbas
Just like Barabbas we deserved to be put on trial for our actions
we deserve the out come of actions
But God showed His love for us and took our place-
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Jesus came to bring light into our darkness
if you are struggling
if you are addicted
if you keep making mistake after mistake and feel like nothing is ever going to change
God today is saying
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
There is place for you t the table
And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Because of Jesus
When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when He heard this, He said, “Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but the sick do. Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”