It's fascinating to me, in the ministry of Jesus how often he did a searching and fearless moral inventory for people like us who weren't ready to do it for ourselves or had not yet seen the need.
In the Beatles song Elanor Rigby, it states, “All the lonely people Where do they all come from? All the lonely people Where do they all belong?” With billions of people in the world why are there so many lonely people?
When the girls were growing up, for Christmas one year they received a Barbie Dream house, made of high grade, high dollar, Barbie plastic. Real pretty to the eye but not very sturdy to the touch. Too be honest I don’t know a lot about building construction, but I do know any building needs a solid foundation to remain standing. The foundation is the base upon which everything is built.
There is a story that has been around for a long while. I don't know where it's from. A long time ago, there was a carpenter, a master carpenter. He went into the house-building business, and he built great houses.
I want to talk about a single verse in the Christmas story, about really just one single, very powerful little word in that verse. It was actually a promise made by the prophet Isaiah a long time earlier when he said, "The young woman will be with child..." That's Jesus. "...and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, "which means God with us.