Pastor Tommy

Who is Your Hero?

Is. 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

     This Child was destined to be the future King who would bring about the reign of God and the redemption of His people. He would be the promised Messiah Israel had long waited for and justice and righteousness would be the characteristics of His kingdom. The names used to describe Him are more an extension of His name Immanuel that they are names for Him. They are various qualities that would be found in this King. He would demonstrate these qualities as He ruled over His people. It is important that we understand just what they mean. The one name that stands out most to me is the name “Mighty God.” It is the Hebrew “El Gibbor” which is literally “God Hero.”

     In ancient days, a hero was the people’s champion who would deliver them from their enemy. This is no more so than in the story of David and Goliath. Their hero would fight for them against the hero or champion of their enemy. Victory for one of the champions would be victory for all his people. David’s victory over Goliath was a victory for all Israel.

     Think of Jesus, “El Gibbor” the God Hero. He is our Champion, our Hero. He has fought for us against our last enemy death. He has won the battle and defeated our enemy for all time.  Through Him, all people can have victory over death.  1 Cor. 15:54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." 55 "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Hero has triumphed over the enemy death. In doing so, He has given us the greatest gift ever. The gift of eternal life. Will you place your faith in Him today?

Blessings, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year
-Pastor Tomm

Why Did Jesus Come?

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10) 

In this short sentence, we find the reason behind Jesus' Incarnation. Why did He take the form of flesh?

Why was He born in a virgin birth? Why was it necessary to live a sinless life? Why was He crucified on the cross? And finally, why did He resurrect from the grave?

At the very center of these questions is the virgin birth of Jesus. Without the virgin birth, there could have been no eternal life. You see, following the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, all mankind was born with a sinful nature. This sin nature excluded them from having a right relationship with God. As a matter of fact, the Bible says “the wages of sin is death.” (Ro. 6:23 NIV). The penalty for sin is spiritual death, total separation from God. The Hebrews for centuries had been sacrificing animals and using the blood of these animals to cover their sins. The problem was, the blood of bulls and goats could not take away their sins. (Heb. 10:4). God is a just God and His wrath had to be avenged. But, a sinful man was not qualified to pay the debt for all mankind. Neither could bulls and goats. Since all men had sinned, an appropriate sacrifice for mankind’s sin could not be found.  Enter Jesus as a baby boy, born in a stable to a virgin mother. Immanuel, God with us, God in the flesh, fully God yet fully man. He was sinless because of His virgin birth and could be the perfect sacrifice to pay the debt for man’s sins. Jesus lived a sinless life and gave His life on the cross to pay that death.  He defeated death for all time when He resurrected from the grave. The Bible says that “to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12 NIV)

The Bible says that you and I can have eternal life just like Jesus does. Many of us are familiar with John 3:16 in the Bible. Jesus said, “for God so loved the world, He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV). The greatest gift ever given to mankind is available for you. That gift is eternal life. Eternal life is heaven. Jesus is in heaven and eternal life means that when you die, you will go to heaven. Eternal life is God’s gift to mankind. You can’t do anything to earn it. The Bible says “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. (Eph. 2:8-9 NIV).

Do you want to have eternal life? If so, pray this prayer to God. “God, I know that I have sinned and done wrong. I want to go to heaven when I die. I turn away from my sin and I turn to Jesus. I place my faith in Him and ask Him to forgive my sins and save my soul for eternity. Thank you Jesus, for saving my soul!

If you prayed this prayer and truly meant it, then you will want to follow up with a local church. I invite you to contact me or one of the other staff members at Lamar Baptist Church. We will be glad to pray with you and share how you can begin to grow in your relationship with Jesus. If you cannot contact one of us, find a church near you that believes in the Bible and contact the pastor of that church.

Blessings to you and your family this holiday season!

Pastor Tommy