Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water." He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back." "I have no husband," she replied. Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true." (John 4:13-18)
It is a strange tradition in our culture that we suggest to children that an obese, immortal, omnipotent saint is spying on us throughout the year from a secure, undisclosed arctic location to dispense some sort of subjective justice in the form of gifts on Christmas Eve. How much more wonderful the truth is: the immortal, omnipotent, omniscient God who created us gave Himself, beginning that first Christmas, so that we can experience eternal life in fellowship with Him! We cannot fool Him, since day or night He truly does know everything we’ve thought, said, or done, but there is no need: God knows we cannot earn His gifts by good behavior; He sends them anyway, to all who believe in Him, through Jesus.
“Heavenly Father, thank You for Your grace to us, since we cannot earn the gifts You give! Empower us to love each other with such grace and share the message of Your salvation, in Jesus, amen.
After teaching the children about salvation, a teacher asked his Sunday School Class:
"If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave
all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?"
"NO!" the children all answered.
"If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept
everything neat and tidy, would that get me into heaven?"
Again, the answer was, "NO!"
"Well, then, if I was kind to animals and gave candy to all the
children, and loved my wife, would that get me into Heaven?"
Again, they all answered, "NO!"
"Well," The Teacher replied, "then how can I get into Heaven?"
A five-year-old boy shouted out, "YOU GOTTA BE DEAD!"
The Lord give you confidence this week!
As Pastor at Pilgrim, Kirk is fueled by a passion for God's Word and a lot of good coffee.