A message from the series "The First Songs of Christmas - Shawnee Campus."
A message from the series "The First Songs of Christmas - Olathe Campus." To believe in the light of Jesus is not simply to admit you see the light, but that you now live in the light. To be rescued, forgiven, and redeemed by Jesus means that we have not merely been saved FROM something but also FOR something. If you are in Jesus Christ then you are summoned in grace to live a life of holiness, which means a life that is beautifully distinct from the darkness we see around us. And you are called to live in righteousness, which means you are to live, work, and fight for justice, peace, and equity for all people. And you are to do so before Jesus, not as the judging one watching us from heaven, but as the righteous one leading us in this world. But if you are not a follower of Jesus, this invitation to live in the light is for you as well. You are invited and welcomed in to live in the light with Jesus and with his people. To come out of the darkness of sin and shame and find that there is something, indeed someone who is able to push back the darkness. This song that Zechariah is singing is a song that you can sing as well. A song that tells you that God’s mercy is available to deliver you from the shadow of death. And his grace is available to lead you and guide you through your life all your days. Yes, there is indeed a darkness that destroys us. But what this song of Christmas so powerfully and brightly tells us is that there is a light that rescues us. And the light of Jesus is the only thing that will push back the darkness. Will you step into the light or will you remain in darkness? The Song of Zechariah Luke 1:57-80 December 8, 2019 Reid Kapple
A message from the series "The First Songs of Christmas - Olathe Campus." How are our lives different because of God’s grace towards us? Do we love with greater compassion because of the love Jesus has shown us? Do we sing with greater joy because of the joy we have found in Jesus? Do we serve with greater humility because of the humble servant Jesus became in order to die for us? Do we lament and feel the pains of others as if they are our own because Jesus became our pains as he suffered in our place? Do we refrain from immoral, unjust, and unethical forms of work, entertainment, and consumption because Jesus is the prince of peace, the judge of the earth, and the holy one who longs to see his broken world made new? Now if you are not a follower of Jesus, let me ask you this? Isn’t what I just described the life you long to live? Even if you struggle to believe in something like the virgin birth. And if you do, you’re in good company, because Mary had a hard time believing that too. Don’t you want to wake up and realize that God’s grace is a truth that is more beautiful and powerful than you could ever have imagined? And that it is closer to you than you could ever have hoped for? The Song of Mary Luke 1:26-56 December 1, 2019 Reid Kapple