Brothers and sisters,
Happy early Monday to all! We worshipped our great Savior and sang these words from a song by Joel Sczebel:
“What shall separate us from Your love?
Can years of sorrow break eternal bonds?
Can condemnation ever raise its voice
Against the pardon of the blood of Christ?
Though our journey here is long
This will be our triumph song
Nothing in all the earth,
Not any height above
Could ever tear us from
Your everlasting love.”
Then from Mark 7, we saw that just as there are no unclean foods for believers, there are no unclean people anywhere that are beyond the love of God. Jesus worked in the lives of the Syrophoenician woman and delivered her daughter from demon possession and then healed a man who was deaf and could barely speak who also was outside of the people of Israel. Jesus was showing all His disciples that He is the Savior for the entire world, not just one group of people. The gospel is for everyone. As the children’s song says, “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight.” Whoever, whoever, whoever believes in Jesus will not perish but have eternal life. You may be desperate for the touch of Jesus upon your own life or upon someone you love. Keep asking, seeking, begging for the touch of Jesus. No one who truly seeks Jesus will fail to find Him. You might be deeply wounded or know someone who is deeply wounded that needs Jesus’ touch. Know this: Jesus hears the cry of your heart and wants to move in wounded lives. The gospel is for everyone, for the wounded and the broken and the outcast from every tribe, language, people, and language.The gospel is for the entire world. No person is outside or beyond the salvation found in Christ Jesus.
Remember to keep praying continually for each other. None of us know fully the burdens our brothers and sisters in Christ might be carrying.
Love being your pastor!
Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church