Weekly Bulletin Article

What Jesus Has Done For Us

Todd Kempton

Good morning and welcome to the Van Church of Christ.  To those of you who call this congregation home — it’s good to see you.   To those of you who are visiting with us today — you are our honored guests and we’re thankful that you have chosen to worship with us.  You are invited and welcome to be with us any chance you are in the area.  If we can be of service to you in any way, I hope you will give us the opportunity to minister to you. 

 Today is a time that the world has set aside to focus on Christ — the life He lived, the death He endured, and the resurrection He experienced.  While we as Christians understand and celebrate the fact that Jesus died, was buried and was raised on the third day each first day of the week, it’s always appropriate to reflect on just exactly what Jesus has done for us at any time.  Think about the following ways in which Jesus demonstrates His love for you and me.

 

· He descended so that we might ascend (John 6:38; John 14:3)

· He became poor so that we might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9; James 2:5)

· He was born so that we might be born again (John 1:4; John 3:2)

· He became a servant so that we might be sons (Philippians 2:7; Galatians 4:6-7)

· He had no home so that we might have a home in heaven (Matthew 8:20; John 14:2)

· He was hungry so that we might be fed (Matthew 4:2; John 6:50)

· He was thirsty so that we might drink from the wells of salvation (John 19:28; Isaiah 12:3)

· He was wearied so that we might find rest (John 4:6; Matthew 11:29)

· He was stripped so that we might be clothed (Matthew 27:28; 2 Corinthians 5:4)

· He was forsaken so that we might not be forsaken (Matthew 27:46; Hebrews 13:5)

· He was sad so that we might be glad (Isaiah 53:3; Philippians 4:4)

· He was bound so that we might be free (Matthew 27:2; John 8:32-36)

· He was made to be sin so that we might be made righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21)

· He died so that we might live (John 19:33; John 5:24-25)

· He will come down so that we might be caught up (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

 

 I’m thankful that we serve a risen Savior that cares and loves us so much.  With all that He has done for each of us, surely we ought to live lives that reflect a heart of gratefulness.  I’m reminded of the words to a hymn that we sing sometimes that expresses what I’m talking about:

I gave my life for thee, My precious blood I shed, That thou might’st ransomed be, And quickened from the dead; I gave, I gave My life for thee, What hast thou giv’n for Me? 

My Father’s house of light, My glory circled throne, I left for earthly night, For wanderings sad and lone; I left, I left it all for thee, Hast thou left ought for Me?


I suffered much for thee, More than thy tongue can tell, Of bitt’rest agony, To rescue thee from hell; I’ve borne, I’ve borne it all for thee, What hast thou borne for Me?


And I have brought to thee, Down from My home above, Salvation full and free, My pardon and My love; I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee, What hast thou brought for Me?

 

May each of us consider what all Jesus has done for us, and continues to do for us and respond accordingly.