What a day! We’re wrapping up another full day of activities, just one more full day to go!
As you know, our focal point for today is “You are truly loved”. From the very first Bible study time to the final message during Worship time, your kids have been surrounded with reminders from all sides that they are truly loved.
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
— Romans 8:38-39 CSB
Pastor Pat gave an example tonight of a ball on the other side of a big fence, separated from the kids that wanted to play with it. Can that ball come back to the kids? Can it help even a little bit? No! But if the kids desire the ball enough then they will find a way to get it back. I’m not saying we are a ball exactly, but work with me here and see if you don’t agree the principle applies — we are separated from God by a fence of sin. We, like a ball over the fence, are powerless to do anything to get back over the fence ourselves — If God doesn’t pursue us then we’re just stuck on the other side of the fence and that’s the end of it. “But God”. Yes, “But God”! Check out Ephesians 2:4-8, and Romans 5:8 and take in for a moment the awesomeness of “But God!”. Indeed, because He truly loves us so much, through Christ God “climbed the fence” and came to get us!
That sounds so simple right? But Pastor Pat gave one final analogy to put what Christ did into some perspective. Pastor Pat showed us a Centrikid cape he bought that had a $10 price tag, so he paid $10, and if somebody asked him what the cape was worth he’d say “$10” because that’s what he was willing to pay for it. Then he asked…. “What was God willing to pay for you?” Salvation is a free gift to us, but it wasn’t free to God — sin demanded a price and somebody had to pay that price. Fortunately for us, stuck on the other side of the fence, God showed us through Christ exactly what we are worth to Him when he willingly paid that price. If we place our faith in the finished work of Christ, we are in the “us” of Romans 8:38-39 and are eternally secure. So the question is: are you in the “us”?