Students will leave this talk with a deeper understanding of what it meant for Christ to “come to us” in our world and how our faith is shaped by pursuing him in the same way that he pursued us.
Problem: The birth of Christ and what Jesus did when he came to “our world” is seldom fully understood. What makes things harder for us as believers is that we struggle so much with what God calls us to in this supernatural exchange.
Point: Even though the wrath of God was on us and our sin separated us from him, he sent his Son to put everything on the line in order to be with us. In exchange God gives us forgiveness and calls us to come to Him. God is not egotistical he is loving when he says follow me. Since he is the ultimate expression of good and real love he would be a cruel God if he did not command us to “follow him” and “die to our self.” To love him with everything we have and everything we’ve got means that we would put ourselves last and him first.
Possible Passages: Phillipians 2:1-11, Romans 6:15-23, Romans 8
Teaching Illustration: Bottle
Transition to Illustration: Students, everything God did leading up to the moment that Jesus came to this Earth was God saying, “I love you. Come back to me. Follow me. Repent. I love you.” This ocean of sin separated us from him. His world of righteousness and my world of mistakes could not ever be together. So for God’s ultimate declaration of love he sent Jesus. Jesus’ life and everything that he did, the way he spoke, what he taught, who he hung out with, and what he did was him leaving absolutely everything and willingly saying, “I will die for you and come to you in your world where you are at.” When I think of this video, I not only think of what God did for us, I think of what God should mean to us and what my love in return for him demands and quite honestly deserves.
Transition Out: As awkward as it sounds Jesus woos us with his love. This is why he told husbands to love their wives the way “Christ loved the church and gave himself for it.” He loves us with a love we don;t even understand. Our response is to love him. He is not out to shame us. If this hits you hard that might be conviction. It convicts me. Have I left everything the way God lofet everything for me? It’s not to make you feel unworthy it’s to show you that you are worthy. Let’s move toward Jesus. Let this good news affect you.
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