Summary: THIS SERMON IS ABOUT UNDERSTANDING THE BREADTH AND LENGTH AND DEPTH AND HEIGHT OF GOD'S LOVE AND LOVING GOD AND LOVING ONE ANOTHER
EZEKIEL 18 : 23 , 32
Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?
For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!
Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?’
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.
But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Then Jesus told them this parable:
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?
And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders
and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?
And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’
In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
THE LENGTH OF GOD'S LOVE
The love of God is so long that it lasts forever. It is an eternal love. The Lord Jesus loved his disciples till the very end. The love of man may change and turn into hatred. But the love of God remains the same and lasts for all eternity.
The LORD appeared to us in the past,saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,
GENESIS 31: 2 , 5
And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him was not what it had been.
He said to them, “I see that your father’s attitude toward me is not what it was before, but the God of my father has been with me.
2 SAMUEL 13: 1-2 , 15