"Jesus died to give anyone who believed in him, Jew or Greek or Gentile, salvation forever."
- Who are the people who might feel on the outside that you can bring in?
- What did Jesus do to bring us near to God?
- How can you emulate the head coach, that's Jesus, in how you treat people around you?
00:06 Do you like Cinderella stories as much as I do? My Little Maggie, my little granddaughter and I, when she was about four or five, we watch Cinderella probably 20 times, but I want to tell you a Cinderella story today, around this funny little ball and around this funny little game. But the scripture that we want to look at today is Ephesians 2:12 and 13: "Remember that you who were at that time separated from Christ, excluded from the Commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenant of promise, having no hope and without God in the world, but now in Christ Jesus, you who formerly were far off from Christ had been brought near by the blood of Christ."
01:00 Use your creative imagination and suppose with me for a moment that there was a college football player named Mike. He was runningback on a smaller college football team. He was good, but he never got the exposure necessary to allow him to be drafted in the National Football League. This was a big disappointment because he truly believed he had the talent to go professional. Nevertheless, Mike found himself watching the majority of the season on television. The Denver Broncos experienced many injuries to three of their runningbacks with only a couple of weeks left in the season. To Mike's amazement, they called him for a tryout. He made the squad and and he was even able to play a few downs. The Broncos put it all together that season. They went to the Super Bowl (remember, this is just a story) but they won the big game, and these players, one by one, received their Super Bowl rings. He thought to himself, "I'll never get a ring. I just came on at the end of the season and didn't even play that much." Not only did he get the ring, he got his name on it and he posed in the team picture. He received full rights as a Super Bowl champion, even though he was added to the team late in the season. This is the same way God has treated those of us who are not Jewish. Before Christ's game, we were not part of God's chosen people, but today we're part of his plan, and that's because of the work that Jesus did on the cross. He died to give anyone who believed in him, Jew or Greek or Gentile salvation forever in Christ. We're all a part of the Superbowl team. Isn't that fun?
02:42 Here's the questions. This section of scripture speaks of unity. So here's the question. Who are the people who might feel on the outside that you can bring in? What did Jesus do to bring us near to God? How can you emulate the head coach, that's Jesus, in how you treat people around you? And here's the lifeline for today:The Lord doesn't care how late in the season you were added, you still get full rights as a member of his team.