Summary: “Love is God” says 1 John 4:8 or to reverse this thought “God is Love.” God is the one who minted and defined what Love is. John 1:1 tells us Jesus and God are one which also implies that Jesus is love. Jesus who is also love came for you and me over 2,00
Video Transition: Blindness -The ability to see!
Series: Love came for me!
Thesis: “Love is God” says 1 John 4:8 or to reverse this thought “God is Love.” God is the one who minted and defined what Love is. John 1:1 tells us Jesus and God are one which also implies that Jesus is love. Jesus who is also love came for you and me over 2,000 years ago to set us free, help us see, bring us peace and also to enable us to display the splendor of God in our lives.
Our new series is “Love came for me” based out of John 3:16! The Gospel of John in chapter 1 points to the historical fact that Jesus is “Love” and He came for each and everyone one of us to save us! Is that not amazing to ponder? Is that not worth meditating on? Love came for me born as a baby in a manger so I could be free – so I could see – so that I could have peace! He did it for me!
Over this next month we will be rediscovering – or for some discovering how Love came for you and me! Over 2,000 years ago as a baby and the purpose and meaning behind His coming!
Love came to do very specific things in our life according to Jesus -- let’s recall a scripture reference to help us see this fact:
In the Old Testament there is a prophetic passage which is found in the book of Isaiah which speaks of what the Savior will do when He comes:
Isa 61:1-3: The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor and release from darkness for the prisoners…
This prophetic word was spoken about 650 - 700 hundred years ago before Jesus was born! But it was announcing and paving the way for the divine pinnacle moment of Jesus’ life and ministry:
Let’s read Luke 4:18-21: – Jesus fulfilled and proclaimed why He “Love” came to this earth from heaven – He explained by quoting the above verse in the following scenario around 30AD! He let us all know what His mission was!
18“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Could you imagine this scene in the synagogue? He announced He was the fulfillment of this Scripture – He was the Messiah – I can only imagine the initial comments “Did he just say he fulfilled this?” “Is he claiming to be the Savior?” Then their realization and reaction “He is!” He is Joseph’s son – a nobody – no Savior – no deliverer – and they became furious with Jesus! They were so angry they wanted to throw Him off the cliff and kill Him for His claims but Jesus slipped away in the crowd. Wow, what a reaction to love coming for each of them od set them free, help them see and find peace!
But Jesus introduced all of us as to the reasons why He love came for us in this moment in time in Nazareth – His home town. Let’s look at some of the reasons He came from heaven to Earth:
Why did love come? Jesus gave the following reasons when He used this prophetic Word to introduce His purpose on earth:
1. To set us free! (Summary of this message last week)
1. To set free the brokenhearted free, to release the prisoners from their cells of bondage, to set the captives free and to deliver the oppressed.
i. Let’s say this truth together “Jesus came to set me free!” “Only truth can make me free!”
2. To help us see!
1. Jesus came to give sight to those who are blind!