North Anderson Baptist Church
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  • North Anderson Baptist Church
    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
I don’t know if you are surprised that we are using this verse or not but for Christmas there may be no greater passage that we can share from than this great Gospel in one verse. This is Christmas in a nutshell.

Because of God’s great love for His creation He decided long before creation came into existence, that He would send His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ to redeem mankind of their sin. Why would He want to do that? His love was great for those He created. He provided for them a perfect environment in which to live, gave them everything they needed, including providing for them a perfect life, but they chose to disobey their Creator and sinned against God. Because of that, His Redeemer was needed and “in the fullness of time” Jesus came, we call that Christmas.

That is what John 3:16 is all about. God’s love was so deep, so great and so profound for the world and everyone in it that Jesus came to this earth to redeem all people from their sin. We know He came as a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger in the town of Bethlehem. Again, why did Jesus come? God so loved the world, all the people He created, and wanted them to have a Savior, a substitute for their sin. You see, all of us have fallen short of the glory of God, another way to say that is that we have sinned before God, everyone, none are without sin no matter who we are and we all need Jesus, the only Savior, who can take the punishment on Himself for our sin.

So, again God sent His Son, and He tells us through John, that if we will believe in Him, trust Him with our heart and mind, give Him our lives to take our sin, then we will be able to have eternal life in heaven with God. When you read this verse you will see that not only will we be able to have eternal life but we will not perish. What does “not perish” mean?

I don’t want to be too elementary here, but the best way to tell you what this means is to say that if you believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God that you will NOT go to hell, or perish, be separated from God forever. But, if you don’t believe in or trust in Him, you will die physically without Jesus and be in that state of physical and spiritual separation from God forever in hell.

John 3:16 says there are two destinations for all people who have ever lived: heaven or hell. For us who believe what God’s Word says, on this side of Jesus’ death and resurrection, all who trust Jesus as Savior and Lord will spend eternity with God in heaven because of the sacrifice of Christ in the Cross and His resurrection from the dead.

This is God’s real love story which is the full Christmas story. Just talking about the “Cradle of Christ,” the Bethlehem story of Jesus as a baby, is not enough. That is why so many people today celebrate Christmas but are lost and going to hell, they do not know Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord, Jesus the man who died for all mankind and is the “Savior of the world.”
Without God there is really no love! That is a strong statement but the Bible says that love originates with God and that God Himself is love. This folks is not the love of the world that you see displayed in this fleshly world in which we live. This is Godly love born of Him and when it is expressed or shared by you, people see God. Can a person love without God? Yes, but only human love which is not complete and can never eternally satisfy. This passage really is telling us that this true love is seen in God’s action, sending His son to die for our sins, giving us a Savior. When you love like God loves then you are born of God, you are truly saved.
One of the greatest statements in the Scriptures is, “God is love!” That is the essence of our heavenly Father. God’s love is seen in the action of Christ’s coming as a Baby being born into this world of woe and living a poor, humble and simple life, finally giving His own life for yours and my sin on the Cross of Calvary. Christ’s sacrifice of His own life to atone for our sin, to be our substitute, taking our place on the cross, gives us a perfect example of what it means to love, through sacrifice for others.

Because of this love, God tells us that we, in turn, ought to love others. By doing this others can see God living in us and see His real love for them. When we allow God’s love to live in us, He says then His love is made complete.

Have you been loving others as God has loved you?
Are the actions of your life showing God’s love?
Do you really believe that Jesus died for you and that your sins are forgiven?
Have you been willing to share that love of God to others?
Are you letting “Christmas love” live through you this year?
I want to close this message by reminding you of the great words of John the Baptist in the Book of John, the Apostle. John had been preaching repentance to the Jews and others who would listen, but primarily to the Jews. He called them to repentance and for proof of their decision and a witness to those around and their friends, to submit to baptism for the proof of their repentance. While baptizing in the River Jordan one day Jesus stepped up to be baptized. John knowing that this man, his cousin as the Messiah, reluctantly baptized Him. Jesus went off for a while into the desert to be tested and tempted. When Jesus returned from the desert John saw Him and said to his disciples, pointing to Jesus, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

What did John mean and why is it important? To understand that statement by John the Baptist we have to go to the sacrificial system of the Jewish people that God so they may worship Him. In short, they were told since the Exodus that they needed to bring a lamb that was perfect, unblemished, to sacrifice to God for a remembrance and celebration. The Jews began to do what God called for them to do reminding them of the great liberation of God for the Hebrews in Egypt through the Passover. The last plague against Pharoah’s stubbornness was the plague of death on the first born sons of Egypt and all who did not follow the instructions of God, including any Hebrews.

God told them to kill a perfect lamb, unblemished, and take it’s blood and put it on the door post and top of the door so that when the death angel passed by he would see the blood and passover the house. Those houses that did not have “the blood of the lamb” on the doorframe, the death angel went in and the first born of the household, Egyptian or Hebrew was killed.

When John said “there goes the Lamb of God,” he was speaking in the “Passover thought.” If anyone would accept Jesus as their “Passover Lamb” and allow Jesus’ blood to be applied to their life they would be saved. His blood was the only blood acceptable to God because He was the only perfect human being, One without spot or blemish. Therefore His blood was acceptable to God, who demands payment for the sin of mankind. Like the blood that was applied to the doorframes of the homes in Egypt, the person who believes and receives Jesus and has His blood applied to their life, they are washed in the blood of Jesus and would then be saved from the death angel, because the blood of the “Lamb of God” was applied to their life.

Have you looked to the Blood of the Lamb to save you?
Are you willing to be bold enough to say to the world, that the blood of Jesus Christ saves me from sin, I believe that and I am now saved?

What a great time of the year to speak to others about Jesus Christ who was sent to this world as a Baby because of the LOVE of God and then tell them that they too can find that same love by allowing their sins to be washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ who died for them to forgive their sin.

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for.  If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior.  Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life.  And that means you too! All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him.  But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice.  Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your faith, belief, in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you.  He will call for a change in your life too.  He wants you to follow Him not the world, not your own desires but to follow Jesus.  That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.  There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life.  Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. 
When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world, let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus!
You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you.  Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621.
Dear friend, if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above.  If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you.  It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you.
This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.
Pastor Bill Rigsby

http://www.northandersonbaptist.com