Summary: To show that GOD rans up to meet us and reached out to save us from our sins.
Have you chosen GOD?
No. GOD chosed me. John 15:16
John 15:16 (Amplified Bible)
You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], He may give it to you.
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that GOD rans up to meet us and reached out to save us from our sins.
Luke 15:20 (Amplified Bible)
So he got up and came to his [own] father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity and tenderness [for him]; and he ran and embraced him and kissed him [fervently].
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You are moved with pity, and tenderness for me and You embraced and kissed me.
GOD ran to meet us
A. Author: Dr. Luke, The Beloved Physician (close friend and traveling companion of Paul)
B. Audience: Theophilus (Greek means friend of GOD, a Christian)
C. Purpose: To give a connected and orderly narrative of the life of CHRIST as seen by eyewitnesses
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. GOD ran to meet us, the prodigal son
1. The FATHER GOD saw us
2. The FATHER GOD was moved with pity
3. The FATHER GOD was moved with tenderness
"But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity and tenderness [for him];"
Ephesians 2:13 (Amplified Bible)
But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were [so] far away, through (by, in) the blood of Christ have been brought near.
Acts 2:39 (Amplified Bible)
For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is to and for you and your children, and to and for all that are far away, [even] to and for as many as the Lord our God invites and bids to come to Himself.
Isaiah 57:19 (Amplified Bible)
Peace, peace, to him who is far off [both Jew and Gentile] and to him who is near! says the Lord; I create the fruit of his lips, and I will heal him [make his lips blossom anew with speech in thankful praise].
Joel 2:32 (Amplified Bible)
And whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered and saved, for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the remnant [of survivors] shall be those whom the Lord calls.
The FATHER GOD saw us even while we're still sinners, a long way off to repentance. We were all created by GOD and we stayed very far from His Love, that's when GOD sent His Own Son - the LORD JESUS CHRIST to die in our place to win us back again to Him.
Romans 5:8 (Amplified Bible)
But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.
B. GOD embraced and kissed us
"and he ran and embraced him and kissed him [fervently]"
Embracing and kissing is a sign of deep love.
Joseph and Israel (Jacob)
Genesis 48:10 (Amplified Bible)
Now Israel’s eyes were dim from age, so that he could not see. And Joseph brought them near to him, and he kissed and embraced them.