HOMECOMING SEASON ”CHRISTMAS “
(LETS MAKE ROOM FOR ONE MORE IN OUR HEARTS)
Song of Songs 2:4-: He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
# let’s be intentional about our love and relationship with Christ this Christmas season. In relation to the outcast, the rejects, the despised, the unwanted, unloved and the prodigal's amongst us.
# Let’s do away with our theological arguments about this season, and focus on the man behind the season, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
# Let’s be intentional about using this season, as a great opportunity to invite the prodigals, the lost, the broken and outcast back home, to the foot of the cross, and the banquet table of God's love, mercy and forgiveness
# Let's step out of our comfort zones this season and be Gods light that will shine into the dark corners of our family’s and community
(Matthew 5:16-: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.j
# Let's do away with our high and mighty religious superiority complex, theological egotistical over-inflated pride, and invite a sinner as we call them home. To the father's banquet table of mercy, grace, love and forgiveness.
# Let's, let them know that there is still room at the banquet table of love, mercy, grace and forgiveness
# Let's, let them know that, the father’s heart is longing for them to come back home
# Let's be intentional like King David, and stop everything we’re doing this season and ask-:
# Is there still anyone left in my community, is there still anyone left in my family, that I might show the kindness of God, show the forgiveness of God, show the love of God. For the sake of Christ Jesus, the reason behind this season? Is there anyone, anyone out there?
(2 Samuel 9:1-: And David said, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?”)
# Is there any still, left that I might extend the forgiveness of God to in my church, in my family, and in my community
# Is there, anyone, anywhere that I can be the light of God to, in this season, of gross darkness and despair?
# Is there anyone left in my family, that has lost his or her way, that I can be used of the Lord, to lead back home. Anyone, anywhere?
# Let's start asking the question is there any left, that's is yet to be invited to the great banquet of God’s love, mercy and forgiveness?
# Anyone out there lost in the sea and ocean of hopelessness, bitterness, self-hate, and self-defeat, anyone?
# Anyone Out there in the distance, land of shame, rejection, despair and frustration. A land not too far away from us, is a young man, a young girl longing to come back home to mama, can you see him, can you see her?
# Out there in the deep darkness of the red District is a young lady, wishing daddy will let go of his anger and just listen to why she ran away from home in the first place. OH, How she, longed for papa's sweet embrace of love and comfort again. Can you see her?
# Out there in the prison house is young man longing for sweet mama’s Christmas dinner, can you see him?
# Out there is a woman a man, in the prison the house of regrets and shame, can you see them?
# Out there in some seniors home is a grandmother, a grandfather looking out through the window, hoping and praying that, maybe this is the year that, they will be forgiven and, their grandkids brought to visit them. Or better still, invite them home for the weekend with the family. Can you see them?
# Out There in the cold, winter night, is a homeless man, woman longing for that empty seat on the banquet table of love, mercy and forgiveness, can you see them?
# let's make this Christmas season, a homecoming Christmas, for that prodigal child. Make it homecoming Christmas for that drunken cousin of yours
# Let’s make this, a homecoming Christmas for that prostitute
# Can we make this Christmas a homecoming one, for that brother, sister of yours, that you just can’t see yourself forgiving ?
# Can we not make this Christmas about us for once? And make it about someone else ?
# Can we let go of our hurts, our right to be angry, just this once, and allow God’s love and forgiveness to flow through us
# Can we like king David give the greatest gifts of all this Christmas? The gifts of forgiveness and love?
# Let’s do what will make the Father’s heart rejoice with unspeakable joy. That is seeing a sinner returns home.
# The father is expecting you and I, to make it happen for just one precious soul of His. Will you do it ?
(Luke 15:7-: I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.)
# Let's go ask them to come as they are, and let our loving Father worries about the details
# Tell them to come just as they are and, allow father the God, to forgive them and cleanse them.
# Let's allow them to come, and experience what we have experienced
# Let them come and partake in the banquet meal of mercy, love and forgiveness, just as we have
# Let's allow them to come and enjoy what you and I are enjoying in the father's house.
# Let's step aside and allow God the father do, His work in their lives, the way, He sees fit. Only the Father God can do a thorough and complete work of changing and transforming lives
# Let's go to the byways and high ways of life.
Inviting the prodigal sons, daughters, fathers, wives, friends, neighbours, and grandparents.
# Go tell them. Luke 2:11-: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
(Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou biddest me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!)
Isaiah 1:18 -: Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
# Can we be that angel, that will bring, that good news of great joy, to that man, that woman, that boy or girl? Sitting in the shadow of death, frustration and hopelessness. And in the darkroom of depression and despair?
# Will you dare to step out of your comfort zone this Christmas season and allow the Lord, to use you, to rescue just one soul from the pit of suicide and untimely death?
# Go out there and Let them know that there's still room for one more at the Lord’s banquet table of love, mercy and forgiveness
Merry Christmas from
Pastor John Omale and family
& the entire Cornerstone Mountain Assembly
Church leadership and church family