What if you were told that you had just a few days to live? What would you do with your time? Would you go wild, and indulge yourself in every pleasure imaginable? Would you find a handful of those closest to you, and savor every moment with them? Or maybe you or I would just curl up into a ball, and never even get out of bed.
Jesus of Nazareth knew that He had only a few more days to live.
He came into Jerusalem, greeted by a throng of public admirers; but in the background, there lurked a host of seething enemies, plotting His demise.
He knew that He was going to give His life. It would happen before the week was out, in fact.
So, what did He do with Himself?
“And every day he was teaching in the temple; and every night he went out, and lodged in the mount that is called Olivet. And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, to hear him.” Lk. 21:37-38
Jesus spent His last days giving Himself to the same task that had prompted His coming from Heaven; the same task that had occupied His purpose since He began His public ministry. Every day, He spent His day serving people, and teaching them why He was here. He was here to free them from their sin.
And the people streamed to Him. He did not shrink back, but He invested His final hours proclaiming to them that eternal hope captured in 1 Timothy 1:15: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
Before the week was over, His enemies would have Him killed.
And before the next week began, He had risen again, to go before all of those who would believe in Him.
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MCC Elders and Connectors are hosting a Starting Point Lunch on January 13th after 2nd service. The luncheon is a great way to learn more about MCC, ask questions and meet new people! We encourage anyone who is considering making MCC their church home to attend and get connected! Contact Elizabeth to RSVP today.
For any ladies interested in prophetic literature or wanting to begin a Bible Study in the New Year, MCC is starting a new Bible Study in January! What is the heart behind the roar of the Lion from Zion? In this 16-week study through the book of Amos, beginning January 7th and meeting Monday mornings at 10 a.m., you will learn about a loving God who prepares His people to live forever. We hope you will consider joining us for this fantastic study! Child care is provided. Please contact Elizabeth Allan to learn more.
If you have ever felt like you don't fit in, that you aren't good enough, that everyone else has it together while you struggle to even show up, then we invite you to join us. We want you to learn that we have a God who lifts the pain of worthlessness and rejection! Starting Thursday, January 17th, Sara Ghormley and Elizabeth Allan will lead discussions as we prayerfully work through Ed Welch's book, "Shame Interrupted". We begin at 6:30 and end at 8, and will meet for 16 weeks. Cost is $16 per person, but scholarships are available. Please contact Elizabeth and let her know so she can order a book for you.
Would you like to learn how to respond to conflict Biblically? Pastor Frank Malizzo, Elizabeth Allan and Spencer Brown are hosting a Peacemaking as Evangelism Workshop at MCC on January 25th-26th. The class will highlight Biblical tools that can be used for work, in the community, in the home and as a tool for evangelism. “Conflict presents unique opportunities to serve other people, we can demonstrate the love of Christ and give witness to the gospel even to people who are attacking us.” Ken Sande. Contact Elizabeth to learn more.