Sunday 20th September, 2015

Welcome to everyone celebrating with us today at St Matthew’s on St Matthew’s Day! Today we will celebrate: what God is doing amongst us through Jesus here at St Matthew’s; what God did through Jesus with Matthew the tax-collector; and what God has done for everyone at all times through Jesus! The writer of the Book of Hebrews, in the Bible, says this:

Heb 1:1-3 TNIV In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways,  (2)  but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.  (3)  The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

It is all about Jesus – his life, death & resurrection. The example he set for us to follow and especially the way he made possible our relationship with God. But the above passage makes it clear that even more about Jesus is awesome:

·         God speaks to us through him

·         The universe was made through him

·         He radiates God’s glory

·         He represents God exactly

·         He sustains all things

·         He cleansed us from all our sins

·         He has the place of honour with God the Father.

HE, is worth celebrating, all on his own. Even if God were doing nothing amongst us, we would still celebrate Jesus!

But here’s the clincher for me. From Matthew 2000 years ago; to those of us here today; to those who don’t know Him yet; Jesus has been the means by which we know that God loves us with an inexhaustible passion. He will leave no stone unturned, he will go out searching, he will scan the horizon – whatever it takes to see us come home.

I hope you can stay for lunch with us today when we will continue to enjoy each others’ company in the family God loves enough to send his only son to rescue.

Worth celebrating!  God bless,   Ian.