Spreading the Aroma of Jesus

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A Pastor was driving through the countryside with his family. The windows were open to take in the fresh air. As they passed through an area where there was an aroma of barbeque, the Pastor asked his family what that smell was. Immediately, the children shouted: “It’s not me!” The children obviously thought that their father was referring to the smell of fart.

Our theme for this year is “Spreading the Aroma of Jesus.” In 2 Corinthians 2:14, God, through us, spreads in every place the fragrance or the aroma that comes from knowing Him. It is the fragrance of knowing God. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, we have come to know God. Our Lord Jesus Christ said that knowing God is eternal life. The Holy Spirit gives us the knowledge of God. Paul prays in Ephesians 1:17, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God. Through the Word of God, the Holy Spirit reveals the Father and Son to us. What knowledge of God is fragrant?  The message of God’s forgiveness of all our sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus on the cross for us is a sweet, sweet fragrance and aroma for all people.

God’s forgiveness, mercy and grace is indeed the most important message to us all. That God forgives our sins and does not condemn us to eternal hell is the most fragrant message. Our Lord Jesus is the sacrifice for our sins. That sacrifice – that giving of Himself for our sins on the cross – is also a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God, according to Ephesians 5:2.

Paul saw believers as incense, giving forth the fragrance of Jesus Christ and His forgiveness in their lives and labours. To God, believers are the very fragrance of Jesus Christ. To other believers, we are the fragrance of life.

The more we know God, the more fragrance there is in our lives. Let us know God through His Word, which God has given to us. Let us read the Word of God regularly and hear the Word of God on Sundays in church. Through our Baptism, we have been given the Holy Spirit who enables us to spread the aroma of Christ where God has placed us. God has placed us in families, work, society and the nation to spread the aroma of Jesus.

Martin Luther said that God allows us to live in order that we may lead other people to believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation. That is our mission on earth. We are to live fragrant, aromatic lives of love and kindness so that people may be attracted to Jesus Christ when we speak of Jesus’ love for them. It is indeed the noblest and the greatest work and the most important service that we can perform for God on earth, by bringing people to the knowledge of God by the Holy Gospel.

May the aroma of Jesus be spread by God through us everywhere! That will be pleasing to God as the sacrifices in the Old Testament were pleasing aromas to God. May our homes, our working places, our neighbourhoods, and our nation of Singapore be filled with the sweet fragrance of the Good News of God’s forgiveness! And the people will say, that’s Christ’s fragrance!

Amen.

~ Rev. Nick Singh

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Love Came Down!

Love came down on Christmas day!

John tells us in 1John 4:9, “ In this, the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world that we might live through Him.”

God sent His Son, who is love, on Christmas Day to us.

God loved us so much that He sent love down to us in the person of His Son. It is truly amazing that God sent down “love” to us. Our Lord Jesus Christ who is perfect love, willingly came down to earth for us on Christmas Day. His coming was prophesied hundreds of years ago. By the inspiration of God, the prophet Isaiah wrote, “Behold a virgin shall give conceive and bear a Son and shall call His name Immanuel. Matthew tells us that the name Immanuel means, “God with us.

In these words, we are shown that the child to be born is God. Jesus is God and is love and came down to us on Christmas day. Even the exact location of His birth was prophesied hundreds of years ago too. Micah wrote, “But you, O  Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for Me One who is to be a ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.

Love came down and was born in a stable in Bethlehem. There was no soft bed as was fitting the Lord of the Universe, the Almighty Son of God. So Mary wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger. What Love! What a great wonder of Christmas that the little baby in Bethlehem is the almighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Indeed great is the mystery of godliness that God was made manifest in the flesh. What marvellous and condescending love on the part of God that He should give His Son for a world of lost sinners. Can there be a greater love than this?

Why did ‘Love’ come down on Christmas day?

John tells that we might live through Him (1 John 4:9). The fact that God sent His Son into the world that we might live through Him, presupposes that without Him we must die. And such is the case. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God and the wages of sin is death. The soul that sins shall die. Death, eternal death and misery are what we have merited by our sins.

How shall we escape such a terrible sentence?

Seeing our helpless condition and moved by His great love, God provided a means of escape from death. He sent His Son to be our Savior from sin, death and hell.

‘Love’ came down to rescue us.

Our Lord Jesus by His perfect obedience kept the law of God on our behalf. To pay for the penalty of our sins, He bled and died for us on the cross. Through this, our Lord Jesus purchased eternal life for us. Life is to be found in Jesus alone. He who has the Son has life. This is the reason that ‘Love’ came down that we might live through Him. He is the way, the truth and the life.

So this Christmas, let us thank God for His inexpressible gift for us.

Have you accepted God’s gift of His Son and believed in Him? 

Without Him, there is certain death and misery. With Him, there is life, love and liberty. Let us also share this gift of love with others.

Our theme in 2019 is, ‘Spreading the aroma of Jesus.’ Jesus is the most pleasant aroma for He loved us and gave Himself for us. Love came down and blessed us with forgiveness, life and grace.

A blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

 
~ Rev. Nick Singh

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Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 8:18-25

 
Christmas is a time we remind ourselves of the hope we have in Christ Jesus. The traditional way we express such a hope is through the lighting of a candle.

Symbolically, the candle represents the little goodness in a world of overwhelming evil and darkness. In every major crisis, candles are lighted. The message is two-fold. One, the world is full of evil and grief. Two, there is a need for the little goodness to come out to dispel the gloom and despair. It expresses the desire and hope that something good can come out of what seems a hopeless situation. Continue reading Christmas – A Message Of Hope

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