Solus Christus

I’m glad we have our children in worship with us this morning.  This only comes around about 5 times per year. 

Kids, we’re glad you’re here.  I know you enjoy the music and the worship singing time we share together, and some of you come over and experience this every week after the preaching. And I hope that you can also enjoy and benefit from the preaching time this morning.  Just like in your lessons in your kids’ classes, the reason we use this time to look into God’s Word is so that we might become more like the Son of God.

Kids, who is God’s Son?  That’s right, Jesus.  And what we want to do in these next few minutes is learn more about Jesus and get to know Jesus better and we want to learn how to receive the love of Jesus and love Him back.

So all of us are glad you are sharing this time with us.  And you know who else is glad you are here?  God the Father is glad.  Jesus is glad.  The Holy Spirit is glad.

Jesus is the one who said this:

14“Let the little children come to me. Don’t keep them away. The kingdom of heaven belongs to people like them.” – Jesus’ words recorded in Matthew 19:14, Mark 10:14 and Luke 18:16

And then we are told that Jesus placed His hands on the children and blessed them.

Moms and dads and teens and grandparents and everyone else, we are not to hinder these little ones from coming to Jesus.  In fact, we are to encourage them and help them draw close to Jesus. 

And we do that each week in our kids’ area as we teach lessons that are shaped just for their understanding, and we also do that a few times per year when they worship with us and we show these little ones by our example that all your life Jesus is worthy of your attention and your affection and your worship.

Jesus is the focus of our time together this morning.  Those of you who have been here over these last four weeks know that we are beginning the year by examining some basic truths from God’s Word. 

Kids, people have been talking about these basic truths from God’s Word for hundreds of years.  Long before any of us were ever alive. 

And 500 years ago, these truths were expressed in the Latin language, which is a language that many people spoke long ago. 

Kids, what language is most often spoken in our country?  That’s right English.  And lots of people speak Spanish.  And there are other languages spoken in our country and around the world like French and German and Chinese and Swahili.  But hardly anyone talks in Latin anymore.

But here’s the way they did talk 500 years ago about the truth that we are going to focus on today:

Solus Christus

Do you know what that means?  Do you know the Latin language?  Here’s what it means:

Solus Christus – Christ Alone

You are saved from your sin through Jesus Christ alone.

Now this was important, because the idea had gotten popular 500 years ago that it would help God forgive you of your sins if you did good things or went to the right church or prayed really hard to an angel or some saint who had died.

But that idea doesn’t come from God.  It’s not true.

Here’s what Jesus said to His friends and disciples about have a good relationship with God and being forgiven of your sins:

“I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – Jesus’ words in John 14:6

Jesus is being very clear.  He wants everyone to know that it is only by trusting Him as Lord and Savior that your sins are forgiven.

You know how this works.  When your car has a problem, you take it to a mechanic.  When your tooth hurts, you go to the dentist.  If you’re sick with a fever, you make an appointment with the doctor.

Now what if I told you, when you’re sick, you should call a plumber?  Or when your car isn’t running, take it to your school teacher?

That wouldn’t make any sense would it?  You go to the one who can really help you.  And Jesus is telling us, I’m the only one who can help you.

Now we all need help.  Because we all sin.  You all do things that are wrong, and sometimes you don’t do the things you should.  That’s what God calls sin.  And sin keeps us away from God.

But God made us to be close to Him.  God wants you to feel His love right now and then to experience His love forever in heaven.

So God has told us, if you will trust that My Son Jesus has taken care of your sin by His death on the cross and then His resurrection from the grave, I will forgive you of your sin forever.  You will receive My Love and you will be a part of My family.

This is how you are saved – through Christ Alone.

It’s not by how good you are.  It’s not by how your parents raised you.  It’s not by trusting in some other person.  It’s not by finding your own way.

Here is another place in the Bible where God tells us plainly:

“36God has made Jesus both Lord and Christ.” – Acts 2:36

“12Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12

Jesus alone is Christ.  That means He is your Savior.  You can trust that He is the One that has taken care of your sin. 

Jesus alone is Lord.  That means that as you trust Jesus, you should also listen to Him and follow Him.  You should do what Jesus says.

Kids and parents and everyone, we all know that there are plenty of people in life who will try to tell you what to do.  Isn’t that right?

Teachers tell you how to act in class.  Coaches give you instruction.  Your mom and dad tell you what to do and how to behave.  When you’re working, your boss is in charge.  And God says all that is ok.   That’s how things work in the world, and God says that’s part of the way He works everything out.  But then you have other people trying to tell you what’s best.  On television, they want to tell you what kind of car you should drive.  Or what brand of clothes you should buy.  Or what you should do to make yourself happy.

You know what we need to remember no matter who is telling us what to do?

Solus Christus

What does that mean?

Christ Alone

Jesus alone can save you from sin, and Jesus alone is the #1 person you should listen to and follow all your life.

You know, God didn’t make this complicated. 

Because He wants you to be close to Him.  He wants you to know the truth.  He wants you to feel His love. 

“For God so loved the world, all of you, that He gave His One and Only Son, Jesus, that whoever believes in Him should not be lost, but would have eternal life.”