First Baptist Church

Pastor Bob Alderman

     Without a crème filling there could be no Oreo cookie; without Tom, Jerry would be unemployed and without Christmas there would be no Easter.

     These two holy days represent two very special things: The amazing grace of God and the lengths He was willing to go for a relationship with you!

     Jesus was born to a virgin, a young woman who had never been with a man. Mary was pure, chaste and faithful enough in her walk with God to willingly submit to His plan for her life. God did the impossible so that it would be possible for you to have a relationship with Him.

     The birth of Jesus was marked by a sign that read “NO ENTRY!” but He entered our world anyway Even in the death of Jesus Christ, God did the impossible! In the reality of our worldly understanding, dead means….well dead. We know that our lives here on earth have an expiration date, one that is unknown to us.

     This human law was miraculously broken by Jesus Christ! He was raised from the dead by a power that could only come from the God of all creation. Jesus walked out of His tomb alive and well. Even though tombs should be marked by signs that read “NO EXIT” Jesus walked out.    

     These are just two examples of how God did the impossible so it would be possible for you to have a relationship with Him. God is committed to you! God is committed to loving you!

     John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” ESV

     This is the mystery of Christmas and Easter, that God loves you enough to send His Son to you and to send His Son to take the punishment for your mistakes. The answer to this mystery is found in God’s love for you! Even when you are hard to love!

     Romans 5:6-11 “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” ESV

     Without Christmas there could be no Easter. Without both the manger and the cross, God’s love for you could never be known.

     Yes, God is truly committed to you. You know, commitment is the true measure of love; not emotion and not mere words, but commitment. God is willing to do everything in His considerable power to have a relationship with you!

     The question I would like to challenge you with is this; “Are you this committed to God?” God gives everything, even does the impossible, so it would be possible for you to have a relationship with Him. Are you willing to make that kind of commitment to your relationship? Can God count on you?

     Remember that God loves you!…and so do I.