Coming to Jesus from Every Direction
1. A POPULAR JESUS
A) The Reason for His Popularity
B) The Result of His Popularity
2. A POWERFUL JESUS
A) Power to Captivate Hearts
B) Power to Change Hearts
C) Power to Cleanse Hearts
3. A PERSONAL JESUS
A) His Personal Availability to People
B) His Personal Affection for People
The history of America is one of immigration. In New York harbor is Ellis Island, now a museum and a testimony of the many that passed through its doors as they came to this country between 1892 and 1954. Annie Moore, a 15 year-old Irish girl, accompanied by her two brothers, entered history and a new country as she was the very first immigrant to be processed at Ellis Island on January 2. Over the next 62 years, more than 12 million were to follow through this port of entry.
Over 100 million Americans can trace their ancestry in the United States to a man, woman, or child whose name passed from a steamship manifest sheet to an inspector's record book in the great Registry Room at Ellis Island. During its peaks years, thousands of immigrants passed each day through its doors. People were coming to this country in droves.
Although Ellis Island closed its door in 1954, people from all over the world have continued to come to America. According to an MSNBC article, May 30, 2004, the U.S. is in the middle of an immigration wave that rivals the one that began the 20th century. In 2000, 10.4 percent of the U.S. population was foreign-born, up from 4.7 percent in 1970. Some 26 million people have come to the United States since 1970, nearly a third of all the immigrants in the nation's history, according to the Census Bureau. Their reasons for coming have varied from escaping social, religious and political repression, to poverty and bleak futures.
In Mark 1 we see people coming to Jesus. Just as millions of immigrants have come to this country because of the hope that America offers, people came to J ...
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