Mercy Street Church of Christ
Abilene, TX
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The Life of the Party

Life of the Party
Mark 2:16

When you meet Jesus, you find that he practices what he preaches. There's nothing greedy about him. He can't be flattered or bribed or seduced. He treats women with respect and with no hint of lust. He lives each day trusting his heavenly Father for his needs, without using his fame to pile up money. Even his enemies have nothing to say when Jesus asks, "Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?" (John 8:46). Never has anyone else been so pure and perfect.

But Jesus' perfect purity isn't tied to a sour strictness. He often speaks of God's reign in terms of a huge party, and almost everywhere he goes, people are throwing parties. In fact, he's involved in so many parties that some folks criticize him for not being stern and strict enough. He has the wrong kind of friends, they say, and those people enjoy themselves far too much! But despite these kinds of complaints, Jesus keeps making friends who keep throwing parties for him.

Jesus himself is the life of the party. The sinners he befriends can't help celebrating (Mark 2:19). "I have come," explains Jesus, "that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10).

People have never been so happy as when they are with Jesus, and they keep inviting others to come and see. Letís celebrate our new life in Jesus Christ together in worship.

Grace and peace to you,

For Mercy Street Ministries, I'm Stan Baldwin



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