His name is Jesus

    His name is Jesus
    Jack Hankins

    Jack Hankins, Pastor

    Emmaus United Methodist Church

    What an opportunity to share “My Last Sermon” with you at this time! We all know that God works in mysterious ways and sometimes He surprises us by appearing in places we would never expect Him to. Maybe this is one of those times! I know that when I have encountered God whether I was expecting it or not, I have always been the better for the meeting. You see before I even knew much of God, I already knew that He was good. I was just a young child and this kind neighbor lady was just the best next-door neighbor one could have. She could cook, she always had good candy in the candy dish and she was a good nurse to our injury-prone family! Sometimes she would invite some of us kids to church and they just loved us at that place. It made me wonder what was in their candy dishes! I guess it just soaked into my bones when I was young back then, this neighbor had God in her heart although she never really told me, I just knew it. There were many people like this lady at her church and they all had God in common—He had to be good!

    Many years later I came across a verse that says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11. This made me think of my good neighbor some 40 years ago. She planted a seed in my heart and life that continues to grow many years later. I will never even know if she is aware of it. If I could do that for someone, what would I say? What could I share on this page that would make such a lasting difference in a persons’ life? My mind is drawn to the Christmas Story where Joseph, Mary and the Shepherds first heard the good news. The angels said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” I want you to know the GOOD NEWS! I want you to know that there is a person who loves you unconditionally; there is a person who desires to give you meaning and purpose in life. This person knew you when you were formed in your mothers’ womb and He has plans for your life! He is concerned with your future and can heal your past regrets. He understands brokenness because He has been broken. You can’t earn this priceless gift so He chooses to give it to you at His great expense!

    His name is Jesus!

    April 20, 2019 / by / in

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