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.
MCC Elders and Connectors are hosting a Starting Point Lunch this Sunday, January 12 after second service in the Fellowship Hall. The luncheon is a great way to learn more about MCC, ask questions and meet new people! No RSVP needed. Contact Sarah with questions.
It’s time for The CareNet Baby Bottle drive! Please take a bottle off the table in the foyer, fill it with your spare change or cash, and return it to the table by January 19! Contact Joann Tallant with any questions.
The MCC Missions Team is hosting "Missions in Focus" Tuesday, January 21 and Wednesday, January 22 at MCC! It is a family-friendly, interactive event celebrating what God is doing locally and internationally! Enjoy a cultural meal, hear speakers active in local and foreign missions, and participate in activities for a chance to win prizes. Each night will be unique, educational and fun! Contact Emily Gray to RSVP or get involved!
The Women’s Community Bible Study resumes Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30pm AND Wednesday, January 15 at 9:15am with Max Lucado’s “Unshakable Hope” study. Childcare is available for the Wednesday morning study only. Contact Pam Cravens for Wednesday mornings or Sharon Albonico for Tuesday evenings.
Praying with others in community is rich! Join us any weekday morning for prayer at 6:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Contact Scott Walker for more info.
We are updating the church directory and will be taking new directory photos January 19 and 26 in the Fellowship Hall! Please make sure to update your contact information and your photo if A) we don’t have it in the current directory or B) you look different than you did 3 years ago! Either way, we’d like a new photo and updated contact for you so please stop by and update your info!
Looking for some Biblical financial tools for 2020? Come join us for the Living Debt Free Workshop on February 1 from 9:00am – 3:00pm in the Fellowship Hall! Practical topics including what the Bible says about money, how to set up a spending plan, saving, debt payoff, and more! Lunch and child care provided! Sign up in the foyer or call Elisa Trullinger.