We serve a God Who declares things that are not as though they were. We serve a God Who does not simply give it the ol’ college try, but Who declares that it is His intention to save the world. We serve a God Who raises the dead. We serve a God who makes all things new.
Now, on the one hand, it is not God’s intention for us to use this as a marketing campaign for the church – Come to church, it will make your marriage better, or, Come to church, it will make you more financially free and prosperous, or, Come to church, it will solve your loneliness problem or your depression. Actually, coming to church, coming to Jesus, may increase some of those problems and maybe more – on the short end of things
Without preaching a health and wealth gospel, a false gospel, the Scriptures at the same time do promise that at the heart of all the world’s problems –and at the heart of all of your problems – the answer is Jesus. Are you lost in sin? The answer is Jesus. Are you trapped in your fears? The answer is Jesus. Are the consequences of bad decisions haunting you? The answer is Jesus. Are you stuck in bad habits and bad relationships? The answer is Jesus. Are you ashamed? The answer is Jesus. Are you losing to temptation? The answer is Jesus. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Jesus is the Light of the World. Jesus is the Wisdom of God, the Word of God, the Son of God – and Jesus is the Savior of the World – this World – your world.
And what does this Jesus say – "Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Welcome to Jesus Christ – come and worship your God.