Just One Matters

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?” - Luke 15:4

Dear Friends, We’re kicking off the New Year with a new series on Sunday - “In Just 7 Days” - all about what God was doing during creation and how it matters for us as we start a new year! 2019 is a brand new year, and I’m certain God’s got some great things in store for us - I’m already hearing great things about how we finished 2018 strong to set us up in so many ways. More on that soon! Anyway, in my preparation for this new series, I’ve been doing a lot of reading on Genesis (even though we’re only going to be looking at basically one chapter) and I’ve encountered some fascinating stuff. Some of it we’ll address and some of it… well, we just don’t have time to look at it all. One of those things was a quote that leapt off the page as I read it, from retired professor of Old Testament at Asbury University, Victor P. Hamilton. He was talking about the fact that the book of Genesis is slightly imbalanced. The creation of the world takes two chapters and then beginning in chapter twelve, the focus moves from the entirety of the world to one person - Abraham and then his son, grandsons and great-grandsons. In fact, the final twelve chapters (nearly 1/4 of Genesis) is dedicated to the story of Joseph. “Can one man be six times more important than the world?” Why yes, yes He can. The He I’m referring to, of course, is Jesus. If we’re looking, we can see glimpses of Jesus everywhere, even back in Genesis. The other thing this reminds me of, is the importance that Jesus put on the individual. Jesus stopped mid-stride on his way to heal someone to speak to the woman who’d touched his robe. Jesus healed individuals, amid the crush of people who followed him. Jesus may have fed thousands, but he used the loaves and fish of one individual. And Jesus spoke about how willing he was to leave the 99 and go after just one lost sheep. He also spoke about how much joy would be had in heaven about that one who returned, than all those who never left. Just one matters. And in the midst of this crazy, busy, mixed up world filled with nearly 8 billion people… you matter to God. Yes, you are the one. If you are feeling lost and alone, wandering without hope, know that Jesus cares for you. You are the one sheep that Jesus would leave the pen for. You are the one sheep that the angels in heaven would rejoice over. You are the beloved daughter, the beloved son of God. You are not just six times more important than the Word, but… dare I even say it… 99 times more important! You are - Welcomed to grow in Jesus! Pastor Don

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