It is hard to believe this will be the last Sunday of 2013 (presuming, of course, Jesus does not return first). It is also the last Sunday of preaching a series as I have known it. Next Sunday-actually this Wednesday- all bets are off. Everything changes. But more info on that will come in another post.
Early on the evening of July 16,1999, reports began to surface that the plane carrying JFK, Jr., his wife, and her sister was missing. As the hours mounted it began to become more of a reality that something had happened. After days of searching evidence was found off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard the plane had wrecked. The investigation said the cause was “pilot error”: disorientation caused by a loss of visual reference to recognizable landmarks. Kennedy was not equipped to fly dependent on flight instruments alone. The importance of the instruments cannot be understated. In much the same way, there are way too many people living aimless, going-nowhere lives.
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Thoreau
“Passion costs me too much to spend it on trifle.” Thomas Adams
“It’s not about you. The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness…You were born by His purpose, and for His purpose.” Warren
Imagine what it would have been like if Jesus had not known His purpose for being here. Talk about a messed up scenario! But He did know. John 1 lets us in on it as well. The crux of the Christmas message can be found in John 1:12-14, 17.
I’m also going to be talking about two forgotten characters-not really part of the Christmas story per se- but still part of the purpose of Jesus being known. Their names are Simeon and Anna and their stories are found in Luke 2.
This is sort of the “final installment” of the Christmas story from the Gospels. I have used it to lead up to “The Great Adventure: A Year with Jesus.” I hope you had a great Christmas celebration time and find yourself now seeking the Lord about His purpose for you in 2014. I invite you to join me in “The Great Adventure.”
Do you know your purpose?