Summary: This series details the "messy" people and events that surrounded the birth of Christ. 3 of 3.
First we looked at His scandalous beginning:
Last week we looked at His shameful birth:
- Mary the pregnant virgin
- Joseph the confused fiancé
- The uncomfortable trip
- The lack of housing
- Killing spree of King Hero
Today we want to look at a startling truth:
1) You are a mess (Rom. 7:15-24)
- We all try to cover up our mess (makeup and clothing)
- Sin has the power to control our actions
- Sin is a part of us
- There is an internal war going on
- Sin leads to death
- We cannot clean up the mess
- Our messiness makes us all equal
2) The Messiah was drawn to the messy (Luke 5:27-32)
- Jesus was with the people who needed Him the most.
- He purposely surrounded Himself with messy people
- Their message was that Jesus changed them
- The church should be full of messy people
- If the messes are not here then what happened to them
3) The Messiah can clean your messiness. (Rev. 3:15-20)
- (vs. 15-16) You are a mess sick (Can’t decide if cold or hot)
- (vs. 17) You are so messed up that you think you are doing fine
- (vs. 18) Give me your life and I will clean you up (Gold, Clothes, and Salve)
- I will give you a new look on life because sin has blurred your vision.
- (vs. 19) Because I love you I will give you another chance
- (vs. 20) I am waiting for you to open your life to me so that we can fellowship together
- He will not force His way into your life.
Points to remember:
- God’s greatest gift was the MESSiah,
- He cleaned up your MESS
- Your job is to spread the MESSage that He is in the cleaning business.