Message From Matt | December 21, 2017

 

I was flipping through channels the other night and ended up watching the tail end of the kids movie “Polar Express”.  I’m sure many of you have seen the movie, but if not, the premise is centered around a little boy who takes an unexpected ride on the Polar Express that is headed to see Santa Claus.  This boy, because of hard things that have taken place in his life, has chosen not to believe in Santa or anything good coming out of the Christmas season.  To sum up the movie, after a long, harrowing but magical ride with the other kids on the train, the boy meets Santa and has his joy renewed!  More than that, he believes again!  At the end, the conductor, played by Tom Hanks, validates the boy’s ticket by spelling the word “BELIEVE” on it!  The moral of the movie is to not let anything get in the way of believing. For the boy, believing was what he needed to have hope again!  Believing was what he needed to have joy again!  Believing is what he needed to enjoy life again!
 
The point of believing in this movie has an interesting truth to it!  BELIEVING is important!  Of course, believing in Santa Claus is not important but believing in the source of hope, joy and life are and we all know where this source comes from – it comes from JESUS!
 
Peter says in 1 Peter 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”  Paul says in Titus 2:13, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” So we know that we can have hope because of Jesus!
 
In the Gospel of Luke (1:14) he tells us “And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth (Jesus) .” and then John says in John 15:11, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my (Jesus) joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” – John 15:11.  So we know that we can have joy because of Jesus!

 

Then in the Book of John, there is also another theme that is very prevalent!  Believe on Jesus to have life! 
  • For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
  • Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation but is passed from death unto life.” – John 5:24
  • “For the bread of life is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.” – John 6:33

The greatest gift that anyone can have is new life in Christ!  How do we get it?  BELIEVE!  Believe in Jesus – He is the source of our hope and joy!  Believe in Jesus – He is the source of our life!  

This Christmas season, I hope that we all will treasure Jesus, because He truly is the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE!  I hope that if there is anyone that is struggling this Christmas in believing in hope, joy and a fulfilled life that they will believe again!  That we will look to Jesus this Christmas as the source of all things good!  Turn your struggles over to Jesus; after all, He cares for you very much!!  

Merry Christmas everyone and I will see you on Sunday!  BELIEVE in CHRIST!!

Matt